Plastic Films & Sheets
January 17, 2024
The fine morals of adopting sustainable and hardwearing plastic film & sheets!
Plastic films are the epitome of packaging in the food and retail sectors and have made an impact as dielectric films in electric applications. This material that meets varied marketplace demands is constantly on the run to be more durable and sustainable.

Plastic films have been worshipped for years for their diverse capabilities of being bent, molded, twisted, and printed into different designs that are not easily achievable with other materials. With their immense utility across industries, it is not surprising how their importance is a boon to humans and a bane to nature.

As the World in Data shows, the world produces around 350 million tonnes of plastic waste each year, and a major portion of this waste consists of sleek, thin, used, or unused plastic films and sheets. Today, there is a growing range of transparent films that are highly compostable and created to biodegrade, just like organic waste in home or industrial compost.

The U.S. government and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have long focused on developing recyclable, biodegradable polymers that have complementary properties to make a multilayer film. This new creation and study do not fail to attain the seeds of durability and versatility that plastic films have historically gained popularity for.

In December 2023, plastic recycler Myplas USA opened a new mechanical recycling and pelletizing facility in Rogers, Minnesota, to recycle flexible plastic film. The collective ecosystem of film production and waste management has been a big focus of the plastic industry for years, and as many stakeholders enter this arena of recycling, the wish is finally becoming a reality.

The efforts towards building sustainable, high-performing, and adaptable plastic films and sheets are now on the verge of commercialization and are not too far from reaching industrial and commercial markets!