FDA Approved For Food Contact HDPE Resin

For years our industry has been anxiously awaiting a recycled resin that is FDA-approved for food contact. Well, folks, it’s finally here. These are some of the facts we can tell you about this resin and its environmental impact, as well as what consumers are searching for.

Environmental Impact

The production of recycled plastic resin uses far less resources than producing new, virgin plastic resin.

  • Production of recycled resin uses 90% less energy and emits 78% less greenhouse gases than producing virgin resin.
  • Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator.
  • Moreover, recycling plastics creates 6 times more jobs than landfilling recyclables and 36 times more jobs than incinerating them.


    Association of Postconsumer Plastics Recyclers (APR) funded an LCI / LCA for plastics recycling

  • Results indicated that recycling HDPE used 10% of the energy required to produce an equivalent amount of virgin resin (cutoff method – no burden of original virgin resin production energy).
  • Results table above indicates energy savings for recycling HDPE based upon how many times you think the plastic will be recycled (open loop method – burdens recycled resin with a portion of the energy use to produce the virgin HDPE resin).

Consumer Expectations

  • 89% interested in “eco-friendly” products and 30% actively look for them (Information Resources Inc. 2007)
  • More than 75% of US adults show some kind of green motivation. Natural Marketing Institute says that such a percentage makes sustainability a more attractive and imperative option for businesses to engage consumers (Food Navigator USA)
  • 82% of Consumers Buying Green Despite Battered Economy   2009 National Green Buying research

Contact The Packaging Design Group today so we can tell you about the new FDA-approved for food contact, recycled HDPE resin. Help make a positive impact on your environment and gain consumer confidence with a sustainable package.