FLEXcon Co., Inc. recently announced the expansion of its FLEXcon® optiFLEX® ecoFOCUS™ line to include conformable polyethylene labeling solutions that enable recyclability of HDPE containers. These white and clear products reportedly utilize the company's V-127RE adhesive to ensure excellent performance and maximize recyclability of HDPE containers. In addition, the TRACrite™ 1.2-mil polyester liner contains up to 60% post-industrial content, further minimizing the carbon footprint. Applications include food and beverage, health and beauty, and household chemical labeling.

“Using a PE film on an HDPE container means you are pairing like polymers—a benefit over using BOPP films on HDPE containers,” said Melissa David, product manager, packaging. “This better facilitates container recyclability, helping brands and CPG companies achieve their sustainability goals.”

FLEXcon reports that the films offer superior conformability to BOPP products, making them suitable for rigid, semi-squeeze, and full-squeeze HDPE containers without concerns about darting of labels during use. They are cross-platform printable, supporting flexography, rotary letterpress, rotary screen, narrow-format UV inkjet, and HP Indigo.

The V-127RE adhesive reportedly adheres well to HDPE containers, offering a minimum application temperature of 35°F (1.7°C) and is compliant with FDA 175.105 for indirect food contact. In undecorated form, both products meet or exceed the Association of Plastic Recycler’s HDPE-CG-01, Critical Guidance Protocol for HDPE colored or natural bottles with resin additives, barriers, layers, or closures.

Wide web rolls are available from Quick-Ship inventory in 76-in. masters. Custom-width rolls are available from FLEXcon's FLEXchoice™ program, which enables customers to order the sizes and quantities they need without having to purchase a full master.

Learn more at www.flexcon.com.