In an article published on August 15, 2019, news provider Plastics News reported on approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use of a recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE) resin in food contact articles. The FDA issued a letter of non-objection for the company Envision Plastics to use its “Ocean Bound” branded HDPE made from waste plastics collected within 50 kilometers of waterways from the coast. The resin has previously been used in other applications including electronics packaging, sunglasses, and personal care product packaging. The company’s press release reports that the FDA’s letter refers to having no objection “when used at levels up to 100% in recycled High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) packaging for all food types under Conditions of Use C-H.”

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Envision Plastics (August 14, 2019). “Envision Plastics First to Be Granted NOL by the FDA to Create Food Packaging From Recycled OceanBound Plastic.”

Jim Johnson (August 15, 2019). “Envision Plastics pushes forward with food-contact recycled plastic packaging.” Plastics News

Alyssa Danigelis (August 15, 2019). “FDA Gives OceanBound Plastic Green Light for Food Packaging.” Environmental Leader