Materials giant Dow Inc. and recycling leader Avangard Innovative LP are teaming up to offer recycled-content resins to North American plastics processors.
Dow of Midland, Mich., and Avangard of Houston announced the partnership Jan. 15. Avangard will supply Dow with post-consumer (PCR) grades of low and linear low density polyethylene sourced from plastic film. Dow then will combine this material with its own virgin grades of LDPE and LLDPE.
The amount of recycled content in the new materials will vary based on application, Dow Sustainability Director Julie Zaniewski said in a Jan. 14 interview with Plastics News.
"Our intention is to offer PCR-based materials to help our customers meet their sustainability goals," she added. These recycled-content PE grades then can be used in liners, shrink wrap, protective packaging and similar applications.
The exclusive agreement between the two firms will provide Dow's first PCR-based product offering in North America. The firm already offers similar materials in Europe.
Avangard will supply Dow with PCR materials from its own plant in Houston. Avangard is in the process of opening a new plant in the Houston area, with one line set to launch in April and a second in June, Chief Operating Officer Jon Stephens told Plastics News.