Thermoformable Webs that are Recycle-Ready

As it moves toward creating 100 percent recyclable or reusable packaging solutions, Sealed Air has evolved its range of thermoformable food packaging wens and made them recycle-ready.

Made from flexible polyethylene films, the company’s CRYOVAC brand TM-Ply top and bottom webs are compatible with mechanical recycling streams. This follows testing in accordance with protocols set out by the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) and Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), which has seen the multilayer coextruded rollstock classified as RIC4.

“The advances in the recycle-ready status of TM-Ply have been achieved whilst maintaining the leading performance that the barrier and non-barrier webs are best known for,” explained Lisa Roddis, business development leader at Sealed Air.

“They continue to offer superior toughness and high abuse resistance, as well as excellent formability and sealing. Combining these properties with recyclability creates a total packaging solution that helps reduce food waste and improve sustainability.”

TM-Ply webs are suitable for a range of vacuum of MAP packaging applications including refrigeration, freezing, pasteurisation, and cooking. Films are available from 65 to 400 microns in thickness and are widely used to protect cheese and other food products such as poultry, fish, and ready meals.

“The technological advances in TM-Ply form part of Sealed Air’s Sustainability and Plastics Pledge 2025,” concluded Roddis.

“This involves accelerating the use of recycled materials and is designed to create modern packaging solutions that support companies in their efforts to be more resourceful and to reduce carbon emissions.”