Aquapak products are specially engineered materials that can create a range of packaging products that are specially targeted to solve the problem of ‘single use’ plastic.
We produce stable resin pellets that can be used by the plastics and paper industries in their existing machinery. These pellets can then be manufactured into a single layer plastic film, extrusion coatings, laminations to paper or board and injection mouldings.
Aquapak products such as Hydropol™ allow users to maintain the primary functionality of their products whilst designing-in end-of-life recyclability, anaerobic digestion or compostability.
Aquapak products can be used on their own or combined with other traditional plastics, bioplastics or paper in a versatile way to produce packaging solutions to replace currently non-recyclable packaging. They are highly functional materials which combine natural strength, flexibility, and barrier properties to oil, grease and oxygen.
After primary use, they are also capable of being fully recycled, and biodegradable in most modern waste streams. They will not break-down into harmful microplastics in the ocean or on land! This is because they are designed to be water soluble in either hot or warm water and leave just water, carbon dioxide and mineralised biomass.
An example of their use is as a coating for paper and paperboard, providing the functional requirements for some major packaging applications, but also allow them to be fully recycled back into paper in standard paper re-processing plants.
Hydropol™ has a range of other end of life options depending on the application, can be recovered for energy in most modern industrial composting processes such as AD. Significantly, it is hydrophilic (water-loving) and non-toxic in the marine environment and on land.
Around the world governments, NGO’s and individuals are driving an agenda to change how we consume and recycle plastic.
At Aquapak we are committed to avoiding more long-term damage to our world and we have designed a technology to make that commitment a reality.
Aquapak has signed up to the Global Commitment of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to limit the amount of plastic that reaches our oceans by eliminating plastic pollution at the source. Alongside other signatory organisations including Nike, Google, Philips, Renault and H&M, our aim is to set increasingly ambitious targets to accelerate the transition to a circular economy and to work towards eliminating plastic pollution by publishing data and holding key stakeholders to account.
Aquapak has developed an innovative process of producing pellets on standard plastic manufacturing equipment that can be made into a broad number a number of products with specific functionality for end applications.