Dow, Mengniu join forces to launch recyclable all-polyethylene (PE) yogurt pouch

CHINA – Chemical company Dow has partnered with Mengniu, a leading dairy company in China, to launch an all-polyethylene (PE) yogurt pouch designed for recyclability.

According to the companies, this innovation strengthens their commitment to achieving a circular economy in China.

Leveraging the materials science expertise of Dow and the collaboration across the value chain, Mengniu developed its first all-PE yogurt pouch designed for recyclability.

Dow’s INNATE™ TF-BOPE resins help ensure that packaging maintains its superior appearance and productiveness.

The newly developed all-PE packaging enabled by INNATE™ TF-BOPE resins is a breakthrough for the dairy industry, as it enables traditional hard-to-recycle packaging to be integrated into closed-loop recycling streams through responsible recycling and mechanical recycling technology, providing consumers with more choices of sustainable packaging.

Bambang Candra, Asia Pacific commercial vice president of Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics said: “This partnership with Mengniu is a milestone for both brands to pioneer all-PE dairy packaging designed for recyclability in China.

“The country’s ambition to work towards Zero-waste Cities has changed how it tackles plastic waste.

“This collaboration is a significant step in facilitating recyclability and empowering the possibilities for recycled packaging to be transformed into high-value applications through responsible disposal and appropriate recycling process, reducing our industry’s reliance on unrenewable resources.”

Candra added that the company, through its advanced research and development capabilities, strives to help brand owners like Mengniu to take action and deliver on their sustainability commitments.

Mengniu set a goal to achieve 100 percent technically recyclable packaging by 2025, striving to adopt low-carbon packaging in all product lines.

Environmental-friendly manufacturing is an important pillar of Mengniu’s sustainability strategy, and adopting more sustainable packaging is one significant action to fulfill the commitment.

Mengniu’s yogurt with this all-PE packaging designed for recyclability will be unveiled at the 2023 International Dairy Forum from Aug 4 to Aug 7 in Hohhot, a major city in Northern China. It will be available starting from supermarkets across the city.

Recyclable air capsule e-commerce packaging

Meanwhile, Dow has also partnered with Procter & Gamble China (P&G China) for an air capsule e-commerce packaging.

The air capsule, enabled by P&G China’s innovation and Dow’s materials, aims to deliver an effective and efficient way to protect products while avoiding excessive packaging in e-commerce and facilitating recyclability.

The air capsule packaging is a significant milestone in advancing sustainability for the e-commerce industry, offering; a reduction of >40% in material weight compared to traditional corrugated parcel boxes, thus requiring only 25% of original trucking and 75% less warehouse space, it is safe and reliable cushion protection and enables recyclability through an all-PE mono-material structure.

The packaging design is also reliable and convenient for consumers, with features such as a tamper-free opening for content integrity, an easy-to-tear strip, and an auto-deflate feature for hassle-free disposal after opening.

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