Two Bostik packaging adhesives approved for recycling by Recyclass

RecyClass considers two Bostik products to be compatible for PE flexible recycling, after independent testing

As a result of this engagement and the continuous work done to contribute to packaging circular economy, Bostik has obtained the approval by Recyclass that two Bostik adhesives are compatible with the polyethylene (PE) film recycling stream.

This approval is aligned with Bostik parent company, Arkema’s efforts to propose sustainable solutions to its customers. The Group has joined the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and was rewarded, in November 2020, for its performance in sustainability and for integrating its corporate social responsibility (CSR) approach within its development strategy.

The recyclability approvals delivered by RecyClass concerns the M-Resins technology, a pressure-sensitive adhesive enabling resealable packaging, and Bostik SF10M, a solvent-free polyurethane laminating adhesive. Test results confirmed both technologies to be suitable for recycling in a polyethylene (PE) film stream when used in the right conditions.

RecyClass is a comprehensive cross-industry initiative that works to advance plastic packaging recyclability and to establish a harmonised approach towards recycled content calculation and traceability in Europe. As communicated by Recyclass, the results obtained from the testing for approvals of Bostik’s products contribute to the constructive developments within the Design for Recycling and to improving recycling rates of the PE stream.

Bostik’s reseal M-Resins, used in the food packaging industry to produce resealable films and lids, were approved to be compatible and to conform to the current European PE film recycling stream.

Bostik’s reseal M-Resins are a solution created to answer consumer demands for convenience and to provide sustainability by offering considerable material source reduction. M-Resins are used in the food packaging industry to produce resealable films and lids.

On December 8, Recyclass communicated that M-Resins reclosable technology is compatible and conforms to the current European PE film recycling stream.

Bostik market manager seal & reseal EMEA Jean-François Le Cam said: “M-Resins are not just a product, but a real technology. Today we are able to offer full peelable easy-open and reclosable solutions for food trays to packaging makers and brands that can be customised and adapted to their needs. For us, recyclability and fit to a circular economy is a key component of the solution performance.”

Recyclass announced on December 15 that the solvent-free laminating adhesive “Bostik SF10M” is fully compatible with PE flexibles recycling.

Bostik market manager lamination EMEA, Cyrille Billouard said: “We know how important it is for our customers, packaging producers and brands to develop products and back their sustainability claims by scientific data. We have started offering solutions thoroughly tested and approved by highly recognised industry players under exhaustive testing protocols as the one from Recyclass. We achieved one important step for the future of Bostik laminating adhesive towards truly recyclable multi-layer packaging. The journey has just started at Bostik.”