Neopac Launches Mono-Material Barrier Tubes with HDPE Caps

Polyfoil MMB portfolio of tube solutions can be paired with HDPE caps for comprehensive, “ready to recycle” packaging sustainability.

Powder Bulk Solids Staff

December 4, 2020

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Hoffmann Neopac launches a line of mono-material barrier tubes providing excellent product protection while being fully compatible with existing HDPE recycling processes.

The first tube solution in Europe to receive full RecyClass technology and product approval per the organization’s “Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for HDPE Containers” standards, Polyfoil MMB tubes are particularly relevant to the oral care and pharmaceutical sectors, as they sustainably yet responsibly house both consumer items like toothpastes and cosmetics and pharma products in the dermatological or pain-relief sectors.

Incorporating a mono-directional-oriented (MDO) barrier film technology, Neopac’s Polyfoil MMB tubes can reduce tube body weight by as much as 50% compared to the company’s conventional Polyfoil technology. They incorporate high-density polyethylene (HDPE) caps with low-melt index HDPE to receive full technology approval from RecyClass. The testing of polyethylene cap is a step forward for the packaging industry, as this advanced technology was not tested before in tubes.

The Polyfoil MMB tubes are the first approved by RecyClass that incorporate a thin film metallization option protected within the tube body structure for excellent chemical decoration stability. This facet provides improved water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) barrier and enhanced metallization optics similar to ABL (aluminum barrier laminate) tubes, which currently are not considered recyclable with HDPE recycling streams per RecyClass criteria. All tests were performed with fully printed tubes.

Independently from RecyClass testing, fully printed Polyfoil MMB tubes with HDPE caps have also obtained the AAA rating from Germany-based testing lab cyclos-HTP, Institute of Recyclability and Product Responsibility, which certifies that the product has a recyclability rate of more than 95%.

Neopac US Inc., Wilson, NC 252-674-1613

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