Berry Global’s European flexible films business has launched a new version of its high performance, patented NorDiVent form-fill-seal (FFS) film for powdered products that now incorporates up to 50% recycled plastic content.

The new film meets customer and consumer demand for products with increased recycled content as part of Berry’s 2025 sustainability strategy and its commitment to devise solutions to meet and exceed customers’ sustainability goals. Equally significant, the incorporation of the recycled material has been achieved while maintaining the many user benefits of NorDiVent.

NorDiVent’s durable and patented construction delivers a consistently reliable performance. The film is fullySource: Berry GlobalSource: Berry Global waterproof and ensures air is let out in a dust-free manner, offering effective moisture protection for products that need to be kept dry and enabling sacks to be stored outdoors. Its high tear resistance provides further product protection and avoids spillages and product waste throughout the supply chain. A variety of options, including anti-static, enable the film to cope with the most challenging applications and products. The quality of the film also allows printing in up to eight colors to create impactful branding and maximize on-shelf presence.

These benefits have now been further enhanced by the introduction of Berry’s unique range of Sustane premium recycled polymers at levels of up to 50%. The Sustane range includes polymers produced from recycled plastic — both post-consumer and pre-consumer. A blend of both variants is available allowing for customization that aligns with customers’ specific requirements.

Recent research undertaken by the IFEU-Institut für Energie- und Umweltforschung Heidelberg, Germany,
carried out a comparative life cycle assessment (LCA) of alternative packaging systems for building materials and industrial raw materials. The main comparisons were between different types of paper sacks and FFS polyethylene sacks. Product losses along the value chain were found to have a significant influence on the environment. While the FFS PE sacks save 0.8% of cement in the value chain compared to the paper sack, the climate change results are in the favor of PE FFS sacks and confirm the ability of NorDiVent to minimize these losses and deliver overall environmental benefit for all stakeholders.

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