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Spear P-S Materials Aid PET Recycling


MASON, OH | Spear, a manufacturer of labels for the global beverage industry, has developed clear and white pressure-sensitive film label materials that are compatible with the recycling of PET bottles. Working in conjunction with the Assn. of Post-Consumer Plastic Recyclers testing protocol since 2003, Spear has been presented with the group’s “Partners for Change Award” for its cooperative testing activities.

All testing of Spear’s p-s materials and their impact on PET bottle recycling was done through independently certified lab Plastics Forming Enterprise of Amherst, NH. Testing was consistent with APR’s protocol and included commercially printed graphics, in addition to the base materials. Spear’s materials show acceptable PET haze and “b” clarity values up to a 50% recycled content load and include the blowing of new PET bottles from the recycled flake with acceptable container haze and clarity levels.

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