Dow and Mengniu have partnered to introduce a yogurt pouch made entirely from polyethylene (PE) in China.
Mengniu developed its first all-PE yogurt pouch with Dow’s Innate TF-Bope resins “to help ensure that packaging maintains its superior appearance and productiveness,” said Dow.
The new packaging solution, which is designed for recyclability, allows previously “hard-to-recycle” packaging to be integrated into closed-loop recycling systems. This is achieved through responsible recycling and mechanical recycling technology, providing consumers with more options for sustainable packaging.
Bambang Candra, Asia Pacific commercial vice president of Dow packaging and speciality 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. Through our advanced research and development capabilities, we strive to help brand owners like Mengniu to take action and deliver on their sustainability commitments.”
Mengniu aims to achieve 100% technically recyclable packaging by 2025, seeking to adopt low-carbon packaging in all of its product lines.
Mengniu introduced its yogurt pouches with PE packaging for the first time during the 2023 International Dairy Forum, held from 4-7 August in Hohhot, China. These pouches will soon be accessible at supermarkets throughout the city.
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