11.06.2020 - ePlastics

Startup company Woodly closes its production loop with the help of NGR – Woodly products are aligned with the European Strategy for Plastics

Woodly Ltd has previously generated international media attention by redesigning plastics. Now Woodly has demonstrated the recyclability of its products with the help of plastic recycling machines from Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen GmbH (NGR).

According to the European Strategy for Plastics (2018), by 2030 all plastics packaging placed on the EU market must be either reusable or easily recyclable. Woodly Ltd’s commercial product – also know as Woodly® –  is a new type of plastic based on wood cellulose.  The material has been designed to be recyclable with existing plastic recycling technology, which has now been verified.

“Recycling Woodly material from film to granules was easy and the granules were of high clarity. From the recycled Woodly granules, a clear, 20-micrometer thin cast film could be produced in our lab under typical polyolefin processing conditions and extruder settings, indicating that the material is suited for blown film processes as well. This is rare, as typically the reprocessing of bio-based plastics into thin films is not a simple task. Woodly’s material is a perfect match for NGR’s existing equipment.”, says NGR’s Development & Process Technology Engineer, Dr. Peter Hierzenberger.

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