Post-consumer recycling solution for polypropylene strapping

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Repsol and its client Signode have jointly developed the first ready-to-use polypropylene compound specific for high tenacity strapping, incorporating 30% mechanically recycled post-consumer domestic plastic, Repsol Reciclex RXP33AAA, and certified under the Recyclass scheme that ensures the traceability of recycled plastics. In this way, the carbon footprint is reduced by 9% with this solution.

Incorporating recycled material into this polypropylene formulation to manufacture strapping has posed a challenge for both companies due to the high consistency and toughness required for the final application. Based on the requirements provided by Signode, the Repsol circular economy dedicated team carefully selected specific recycled material flows - in collaboration with Acteco - and tested numerous formulations in the Repsol Technology Lab. For its part, Signode conducted all performance tests to confirm that the material's final formulation had the required mechanical properties for its products and would operate well in its tools and strapping machines.

Thanks to the new Repsol Reciclex RXP33AAA polypropylene compound, Signode has launched a new range of innovative recycled products with properties similar to those made with virgin raw materials.

Thus, both companies help meet the sustainability commitments of many industrial sectors, which need this type of products - such as strapping - in their logistics or industrial packaging to unite the load and guarantee its safety and integrity during transport. This way, Repsol continues offering new solutions that contribute to the competitiveness of its customers, by boosting its portfolio of sustainable polyolefins for high-performance parts. Simultaneously supporting its goal to recycle the equivalent of 20% of its polyolefin production by 2030 and the company's main goal to become a net zero emissions company by 2050.