Applications

Hydropol™ enables packaging design to eliminate plastic pollution at source

How Hydropol can be used

Hydropol™ is an innovative, water soluble, biodegradable polymer that can create a range of packaging products, designed to eliminate plastic pollution at source. It can be thermally processed into most standard forms, for example as:

  • Blown film
  • Extrusion coating
  • Lamination to paper or board
  • Injection moulding.

Download our guide to the grades of Hydropol™ and their application suitability:

Guide to Hydropol™ Grade Suitability

For technical information about Hydropol™ including technical data sheets and MSDS please click here.

We have many applications in development as well as the ones detailed below. Please do contact our team if you would like to discuss ideas or other uses.

Hydropol™ Applications

Please see below for some of the applications Hydropol is being used for by our customers and partners. Do contact us if you would like to discuss these or any other potential uses of our enabling technology.

Form Fill & Seal

With the majority of traditional Form Fill & Seal packaging being unrecyclable, Hydropol™ can be used to make in-line FFS packaging with multiple end-of-life properties.

Shopping / Grocery Bags

Grocery shopping bags, can be made from recycled newsprint paper that has an extrusion coating of Hydropol to give it strength and enable recycling through domestic paper recycling streams.The Hydropol layer dissolves safely and completely enabling up to 100% fibre recovery.

PPE

Used globally in healthcare, hotels, law enforcement and retail. Fully dissolvable PPE made from Hydropol is inherently biodegradable, non-toxic and marine-safe.with multiple end-of-life options. Pathogen dwell time is less on Hydropol compared to standard PE material and lowers the risk of cross-contamination.

Food Waste Bags

Food waste bags made from Hydropol™ break down fully in both mesophilic and thermophilic systems, as well as biodigesters. No de-bagging is required as they do not clog filters or conveyors. When fully digested, they will not form microplastics in the digestate and meet the requirements of PAS 110.

Red laundry bags

Designed for industrial / commercial machines, red bags made from Hydropol dissolve fully at ≥70C/158F bags, leaving no residue on linen or machines. Non-toxic and marine safe. 100% British made. Conform to the NHS Executive Guidelines - HSG (95) 18 - Hospital Laundry Arrangements for Used and Infected Linen. Available now from Echo Packaging.

Laundry Bags

Hydropol™ allows manufacturers of polybags to make a high-performance, water-soluble laundry bag to assist with the fight against COVID19. Bags dissolve completely in domestic and commercial washing machines without causing environmental problems in the waste-water stream.

Infection Control Bags

Hydropol™ allows manufacturers of infection control bags to make a high-performance, water-soluble bag to assist with the fight against COVID19. Both industrial and domestic grades dissolves completely in washing machines, reducing handling and the risk of cross-contamination.

Aprons

Hydropol™ can be made into high-performance, hot water-soluble aprons to assist with the fight against COVID19. Ideal for use in healthcare, housekeeping, F&B departments, at fuel pumps and for food preparation.

Gloves

Fully-dissolvable gloves made from Hydropol™ are designed for single-use applications without negative environmental impact. Ideal for use in housekeeping, F&B departments, at fuel pumps and for food preparation.

Fashion Garment Bags

Fashion garment bags made from Hydropol™ enable retailers to replace single-use bags with recyclable, water-soluble and marine-safe garment packaging.

Magazine Wrap

Magazine packaging can be made from recycled newsprint paper that has an extrusion coating of Hydropol™ making it fully recyclable and biodegradable.

Pet Food Packaging

Hydropol™ coated paper can be used for pouch or bag form for pet food and offers an environmental alternative with end-of-life options when compared to current non-recyclable packaging options.

ESD/Antistatic Bags

ESD/antistatic bags, made using Hydropol™, ensure products are protected and can be seen clearly whilst reducing the amount of packaging waste going to landfill compared to other packaging.

Injection Moulded Components

Consumer goods such as clothing tag ties, golf tees and spice shakers can be injection moulded with Hydropol in standard injection moulding (injection molding) machinery

E-Commerce Mailer Bags

Hydropol™ can be extrusion coated onto paper and paperboard to create fully recyclable e-commerce mailer bags without compromising on the quality of the product.

Mailer Bags

Hydropol™ pellets can be blown into film to create biodegradable mailer bags for consumer use across a range of industries.

Nonwovens

Hydropol can be used to create melt spun staple fibres and spunmelt filaments for the production of nonwovens.

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