Towards India’s Sustainable Future: Dow India Launches PE-PE Monomaterial Packaging Solution

Mumbai, India - August 22, 2016

  • Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics business unit conducted an outreach event as well as demo of the new technology for 50+ select representatives of flexible packaging manufacturers as well as brand owners at a value chain partner facility in Goa
  • The Polyethylene-based PE-PE monomaterial laminate solution is a part of sustainable flexible packaging solutions from Dow India and will enable much more effective recycling and reuse of flexible packaging material, thus fuelling a sustainable circular economy and help brand owners comply with evolving government regulations regarding plastic packaging In India

“Currently, what is it that deters effective recycling and reuse of the flexible packaging that packs products, such as salt, flour, detergent and many other food products? It is a fact that this packaging uses multiple materials that are incompatible while recycling, thus impacting quality of recycled material. What would make the whole plastic waste management and recycling effort much more meaningful and economical is adoption of packaging using monomaterial to design a sustainable solution – an all-Polyethylene (PE) laminate. This enables us to make film that does not impact packaging quality or performance, but generates completely reusable material upon recycling,” elaborated Vipul Babu, Commercial Director for Indian Subcontinent, Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics, summing up the monomaterial laminate solution for the gathering.

The gathering in question comprised of senior decision-makers representing flexible packaging manufacturers as well as brand owners. For most in the audience, this is the solution whose time has come, as it is extremely relevant to the discussion on sustainable policies around plastic waste in India today.

In the outreach event hosted at a value chain partner facility in Verna Industrial Estate in Salcete, Goa, P&SP team led by Mark Saurin, Commercial Vice President for Asia Pacific and Vipul Babu, presented the all-PE packaging solution, including new product offerings in India: INNATE™ resins and RETAIN™ compatibilizer that allows recycling of co-extruded barrier films consisting of PE, Nylon and EVOH resins.

Speaking about this initiative, Mark Saurin said: “Our sustainable packaging solutions line has been successful globally. In India, this is an opportune time to talk about some of these technologies because of the recent Plastic Waste Management policy of Government of India that looks to address this issue in a more sustainable way. PE-PE laminate solution is an effective way to create a Circular Economy around plastic waste management.”

Apart from Dow presentations on the technology, the event also included:

  • Case studies on PE-based laminates and co-extruded barrier films to address oxygen-barrier requirement of certain products
  • Launch of RETAIN™ compatibilizer
  • Live demo of PE-PE laminate
  • A vibrant, interactive Q&A and feedback session with those present

Through this event, Dow India demonstrated the power of collaboration among value chain partners to offer practical solutions to the recyclability challenge faced by flexible packaging industry.

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics:

The largest business unit in Dow, Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP) delivers annual revenues of ~US$14 billion and is one of the largest materials suppliers to the global packaging industry. With 3,800 employees, 48 plants and 28 sites spread across 16 countries, the business focuses on high growth markets in food packaging, industrial packaging, personal hygiene, and transmission pipe. P&SP is a leading innovator and collaborates across multiple value chains on new and improved products and applications that meet or exceed customer expectations. Visit P&SP website at www.dow.com/en-us/packaging for more information.

About Dow India:

Dow Chemical International Private Limited (Dow India) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of India's most challenging problems including the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. With approximately 800 employees in locations spread across the country, Dow India is continually finding ways to make people's lives healthier, safer and more convenient through exploring sustainable solutions based on technology development and application research in areas of infrastructure, transportation, energy, consumer and, lifestyle. As a responsible corporate citizen, the company uses its technology expertise and employee volunteerism to partner with the communities in which it operates. Dow continues to support Jaipur Foot through free distribution of prosthetic limbs, building homes for the underprivileged through 'Habitat for Humanity' and supporting scientific thought and environmental awareness among the future generations through ‘Multiply the Message’ and ‘Mobile Science Lab’ programs.