Circular Economy Nova Chemicals, Charter Next Generation to Increase Use of Post-Consumer Resin in Flexible Films

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Nova Chemicals and Charter Next Generation have teamed up to scale up the use of post-consumer resin (PCR) in flexible film applications. With this move, the companies aim to support the circular economy and develop more sustainable films for packaging.

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According to recent consumer research conducted by Nova Chemicals, the majority of consumers in all age demographics prefer packaging that contains post-consumer resin (PCR).
According to recent consumer research conducted by Nova Chemicals, the majority of consumers in all age demographics prefer packaging that contains post-consumer resin (PCR).
(Source: Nova Chemicals)

Calgary/Canada – Nova Chemicals and Charter Next Generation (CNG) have announced a significant milestone in the large-scale use of post-consumer resin (PCR) for flexible film applications. The two companies have successfully collaborated to increase the supply of more sustainable films for packaging and advance a circular economy where valuable plastic materials are recycled to be used again and again. Railcar quantities of PCR arrived at CNG’s manufacturing facilities in October.

“We’re incredibly proud to introduce railcar quantities of PCR to our portfolio of product offerings. This is a significant milestone in how we’re delivering value to our customers and there’s much more to come as we look to achieve our bold ambition of creating a circular economy for plastic materials,” said Luis Sierra, president and chief executive officer, Nova Chemicals.

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Nova Chemicals’ polyethylene PCR (PE-PCR) business is expanding to support customer demand for recyclable film structures with recycled content. CNG’s purchase of recycled, linear low-density polyethylene (rLLDPE) can be used in a range of non-food film applications including e-commerce packaging, heavy duty sacks, collation shrink and industrial films.

“Charter Next Generation is committed to proving that circularity at scale is possible,” said Kathy Bolhous, chief executive officer, Charter Next Generation. “Our work with Nova Chemicals is another step forward on our journey. Together, we’re pioneering efforts to deliver circular polymers to our customers.”

The PCR that CNG is purchasing from Nova Chemicals will be used in films that are sold as part of the GreenArrow platform.

According to recent consumer research conducted by Nova Chemicals, the majority of consumers in all age demographics prefer packaging that contains PCR. Nova Chemicals’ and CNG’s work to increase PCR incorporation will help meet this emerging preference.

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