SWITZERLAND – Dow has obtained UNE-EN 15343 certification for plastics recycling traceability and recycled content for its post-consumer recycled-rich resins, REVOLOOP.

The certification has been granted by AENOR, a global company and the Spanish leader in conformity assessment and extends to all three grades offered by Dow in Europe.

According to Dow, REVOLOOP’s PE compound grades incorporate a high volume of post-consumer recycled (PCR) material.

The company says the single-pellet solution enables a simpler PCR process integration, meeting the needs of converters, and can be used in a broad range of applications for brands.

Providing access to quality, consistent waste streams, and increasing reliability in the waste value chain, the REVOLOOP family of PCR-rich resins expands Dow’s sustainable offerings portfolio to help advance a closed loop system for plastic waste.

“REVOLOOP™ represents a tangible step towards realizing our vision for a circular plastics economy,” said Peter Sandkuehler, European Sustainability Director for P&SP.

“It exemplifies Dow’s efforts around the world to enable mechanical recycling and the incorporation of PCR in a variety of technologically demanding applications. Such progress will bring all the players in the value chain further in their sustainability journey.”

The UNE-EN 15343 is the European Standard that specifies the procedures needed for the traceability of recycled plastics and covers two schemes: the traceability and characterization in the plastic recycling process, and the minimum content of post-consumer recycled plastic used in the processing of a plastic product.

This certification was awarded following a fully independent, external audit to ensure that the control of incoming plastics waste, the traceability in the production processes of recycled material, and the percentage of post-consumer recycled material included in the certified products, Dow XZ98612.00 (30%), Dow XZ98615.00 and Dow XZ89169.00 (70%), complies with the requirements set out in UNE-EN 15343 standard.

AENOR has verified that the manufacture of Dow’s polyethylene compounds contains up to 70% of post-consumer recycled products, which have either fulfilled their intended purpose or can no longer be used for the purpose for which they were conceived.

“This certification demonstrates Dow’s commitment to offering products that minimize the use of the planet’s resources, offering the plastics transformation chain the possibility of including materials with recycled content endorsed by AENOR certification,” concluded Yolanda Villaseñor, Director of Product Certification at AENOR.

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