In an article published on June 22, 2020, the Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging initiative (CEFLEX) announced the publication of its new set of design guidelines for consumer flexible packaging. Known as the Designing for a Circular Economy (D4CE) guidelines, they focus on polyolefin-based flexible packaging due to their estimated 70-80% makeup of the flexible packaging waste stream. The guidelines provide “advice and information on the key elements of a flexible packaging structure including the materials used, barrier layers and coatings, the size and shape, inks and adhesives.” Certain limitations on the use of specific elements are also recommended to reduce adverse impacts on sortability and recyclability. An overview of end-of-life treatment processes for flexible packaging is also provided to help packaging manufacturers understand why certain recommendations are made.

CEFLEX explains that the guidelines were developed over the past three years with a group of stakeholders across the value chain. It called for public comments to help in developing the guidelines in December 2019 (FPF reported).

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CEFLEX (June 22, 2020). “Design and collaboration: key ingredients of a Circular Economy.”

CEFLEX (June 2020). “Designing for a Circular Economy.”

Katie Pyzyk (July 22, 2020). “Flexible packaging separation pilot deemed a success, but end markets unproven.” Waste Dive