Back to News

FDA clears Borealis’ Borcycle™ M recycled plastics for use in food-grade packaging

Photo: Borcycle™ M is Borealis’ transformational mechanical recycling technology that gives polyolefin-based post-consumer plastic waste another life

© Tomra

  • Borealis receives two Letters of No Objection from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that allow its Borcycle™ M post-consumer recycled plastics to be used in food-grade packaging in countries covered by FDA governance
  • The move supports Borealis to meet growing demand for high-quality recycled materials suitable for demanding and contact-sensitive applications
  • The decision marks a significant step forward in Borealis’ EverMinds™ ambition to accelerate action on plastics circularity

Borealis is pleased to announce that it has received Letters of No Objection (LNOs) from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) concerning the use of specific grades of its Borcycle™ M post-consumer recycled plastics (PCR) in food-grade packaging. This major achievement confirms Borealis’ position as a market leader in value-added solutions for the circular economy.

Borcycle M is Borealis’ transformational mechanical recycling technology that gives post-consumer plastic waste another life in an energy-efficient way. The FDA’s LNOs pave the way for Borcycle M-derived materials to be used in a specific range of demanding and sensitive applications, including cosmetics and personal care as well as food contact.

The FDA authority has issued two LNOs that allow Borcycle M PCR high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) to be used up to 100% in certain dry food contact applications. Additionally, these recycled materials can constitute up to 10% of packaging for dry foods with surface oil and moist bakery products. The FDA’s LNOs are effective from January 2024 for recycled HDPE, and from February 2024 for recycled PP.

This represents another step in Borealis’ EverMinds™ ambition to accelerate action in plastics circularity. By enabling a wider range of products to be made from recycled plastics, the FDA’s LNOs will help to reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in incineration and landfill, as well as decrease dependence on virgin materials. They will also support Borealis to meet growing demand for high-quality, recycled materials suitable for demanding and sensitive applications.

“Our customers will be able to expand the use of value-added, recycled plastics within their portfolios. Combined with all of Borealis’ other sustainable offerings, this FDA clearance of selected grades of our Borcycle M portfolio for food-grade applications will help them achieve their sustainability targets and bring us all closer to a fully circular economy for plastics," explains Jonatas Melo, Borealis Vice President for Performance Materials

Borealis is now poised to move forward with the development of selected food packaging applications from recycled HDPE and PP.

“This marks a major milestone for Borealis, helping us to live our purpose of reinventing essentials for sustainable living,” says Mirjam Mayer, Borealis Vice President Circular Economy Solutions.

The FDA’s LNOs apply in the United States of America, as well as other regions covered by FDA governance. In the EU, the FDA clearance will facilitate conversations on the use of these materials in high-end, contact-sensitive applications such as cosmetics and personal care packaging.

END

This media release is also available in German language.

Photo: Borcycle™ M is Borealis’ transformational mechanical recycling technology that gives polyolefin-based post-consumer plastic waste another life

© Tomra

Downloads
Photo: Borcycle™ M is Borealis’ transformational mechanical recycling technology that gives polyolefin-based post-consumer plastic waste another life © Tomra
Media Contact
Group Media Desk
+43 1 22 400 899 (Vienna, Austria)
media@borealisgroup.com

Latest News

Media Release – 09/04/2024

Borealis invests EUR 4.5 million in Porvoo steam cracker, enabling increased share of circular raw materials used in production

Read more

Media Release – 02/04/2024

Borealis further expands its advanced mechanical recycling capacity with closing the acquisition of Integra Plastics AD

Read more

News – 27/03/2024

Update on the Kallo Case

Read more

Media Release – 26/03/2024

Borealis and AKVA group launch groundbreaking Polarcirkel™ workboat hull crafted from renewable feedstock-based plastic

Read more

News – 22/03/2024

Annual Report 2023 published

Read more

Media Release – 20/03/2024

Project STOP marks further major milestones in 2023 and makes significant progress in the Project STOP Banyuwangi Hijau expansion program

Read more

Media Release – 19/03/2024

Borealis once again ranked first among top applicants in the European Patent Index 2023 in Austria

Read more

Media Release – 15/03/2024

CEO Thomas Gangl to leave Borealis

Read more

Media Release – 06/03/2024

Borealis and Vattenfall sign their first long-term hydropower PPA to source renewable power in Sweden

Read more