Polypropylene’s strong sustainability story

When it comes to the circular economy, polypropylene has a compelling story to tell.

For starters, strong demand exists for recycled PP in a variety of diverse end markets and everyday products. This helps to close the loop and means the material often ends up having a very productive second, or even third, life.

Additionally, PP requires significantly lower energy inputs than competitive materials during production of the granulate, and has high energy recovery values – all of which contribute to an overall lower carbon footprint.

The resin known as NX™ UltraClear PP ­– polypropylene clarified with Milliken’s Millad® NX™ 8000 – brings substantial added benefits. Clear, transparent packages thermoformed from NX™ UltraClear PP offer easy-seal/easy-peel, mono-material lidding, which removes the multimaterial challenges associated with recycling.

The lower density of NX™ UltraClear PP also means it is 18% lighter than PET. This can help to reduce shipping costs, and result in lower per-unit production costs, since tests have shown that 1 kg of NX™ UltraClear PP produced 70 clear, thermoformed trays, while the same amount of PET yielded just 57 trays.

To learn more, visit us at Interpack in Düsseldorf (Hall 10, Stand C32) or check us out online at: www.millikenchemical.com/interpack