NextFlex approaches circular economy through a design studied to encourage recycling, using only compatible materials that can be recycled together.
Conventional films, based on polyamide and polyethylene, are incompatible for end-of-life co-transformation in a recycling plant, making the packaging recoverable only by incineration. Instead of polyamide NEXTFLEX uses polypropylene, obtaining a polyolefin structure that is as homogeneous as possible and perfectly suited to be co-transformed into the value streams of existing plastic recycling plants.
The O2 barrier, obtained before through a percentage of Polyamide (15 to 20%) with NextFlex films is achieved by adding a thin layer of co-processed ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH).
The value of the latter is less than <5% and, as a formal copolymer of ethylene and vinyl alcohol composed mainly of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen, there is no way to interfere with PE streams of value/value flows.