CHINA – US-based chemical company Dow has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese food and beverage firm Want-Want for zero-solvent emissions and to develop a circular economy for flexible packaging.

The agreement aims to deepen value-chain partner collaborations with customized adhesives solutions to address the needs of the industry for more sustainable packaging choices.

Leveraging Dow’s water-based and solventless adhesive technologies, Want-Want intends to use environmentally friendly laminating adhesives for its flexible packaging.

The company will also explore opportunities to adopt recyclable packaging across more products under its portfolio.

Want-Want Group Operations General Manager Yongmei Cao said: “Solving sustainability challenges is not a one-man nor a one-organization job, but also falls on the shoulders of all stakeholders.

“Not only are we thrilled to advance further in this journey with Dow, but we are also encouraged by the reality that we can offer our customers’ favorite products that are enveloped by Dow’s sustainable packaging innovation.”

The company aims to reduce its net annual carbon emissions by 15% by 2030 compared with its 2020 baseline, as well as become carbon-neutral by 2050.

In addition, the partnership supports Want-Want’s commitment to become carbon-neutral and adopt recyclable packaging for all its products.

Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics Asia-Pacific commercial Vice President Bambang Candra said: “Investing in sustainability is an ongoing process; this significant step with Want-Want can help both parties optimize our sustainability roadmaps in the long run.

“We will continue to drive innovative solutions and support more partners in achieving their sustainability goals.”

This partnership follows Dow’s earlier expansion of its Project REFLEX initiative in Egypt and Guinea, following a successful pilot phase in Nigeria.

The project, launched in 2020 targets flexible packaging such as plastic water sachets that ensure local communities have access to clean water, to show that it can be collected and recycled to be used in new, quality packaging applications.

In addition, last month Dow announced that its Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP) business unit had had one of its recyclable packaging solutions certified in China as reducing carbon emissions by 35%.

TÜV Rheinland, a leading global testing service provider, issued he certified that all-PE recyclable packaging created with Dow’s Innate TF-BOPE (TF-BOPE) emits 0.0194 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) during its lifecycle.

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