Sustainable packaging design
Creating packaging that recycles well
Simple packaging is simpler to recycle. It’s why we’ve been developing technologies to enable mono-material plastic packaging design. Solutions using only a single, lightweight, all-polyethylene (PE) structure are much easier to process and recycle.
Performance and purpose
Meeting needs without sacrificing circularity
Brands now design for sustainability—and their packaging should reflect that commitment. By using less material through downgauging or by incorporating recycled content, our solutions enable thinner, lighter packaging that meets performance needs without sacrificing shelf appeal or easy recyclability.
See it in action
Explore some of the ways we’ve collaborated to create more sustainable packaging.
Sustainable toothpaste tube solutions for consumer brands
Dow’s materials science expertise and portfolio of high-performance polyethylene materials enabled us to work closely with Amcor, a global leader in producing responsible packaging, to develop a full plastics laminate which is the first big step to developing recyclable toothpaste tubes. The recyclable toothpaste tube solution enables the NICE Group to fully transition to recyclable toothpaste tubes for all products in its portfolio.Discover more
Sustainable pouch innovation for repeat recycling
Working with industry players HP, Reifenhäuser, Cadel Deinking, and Karlville we created high-quality polyethylene pouches designed for repeat recycling.Discover more
High performance recyclable packaging solutions for Alliz
Creating thermoformed vacuum packaging designed for recyclability, which helps Alliz keep its poultry products fresh while reducing carbon dioxide throughout the production process.Discover more
Efficient production of high-barrier food pouches
Innovating a functional, polyethylene-based, high-barrier food pouch in collaboration with Syntegon, Comexi, Plastchim-T, and Ticinoplast that is designed to enable higher recyclability in PE-streams without compromising performance.Discover more
Polyethylene rice bags designed for easier recycling with Royal Umbrella
INNATE™ TF-BOPE and downgauging technology enables these rice bags to use less material and be designed for recyclability, helping meet Royal Umbrella customers' demand for environmentally friendly packaging.Discover more
Mono-material coffee packaging for Pergamino
Creating aluminum-free packaging designed for recyclability that helps Pergamino maintain coffee’s freshness and aroma.Discover more
Sustainable pouches for Bear Naked's circular future
Through creative collaboration and our RecycleReady technology, we worked with Berry Global and Kashi to launch a recyclable pouch for Bear Naked granola that supports a circular future.Discover more
Laundry pod packaging for Liby
Introducing China and Liby's first recyclable laundry pod stand-up pouch using our INNATE™ TF-BOPE, a product that allows brands to design for recyclability right from the start.Discover more
Good-looking barrier packaging for food
Solving the challenge of incorporating barrier functionalities found in traditional multi-material packaging by developing pouches in collaboration with BOBST, Hosokawa Alpine, and ELBA that offer medium- to high-barrier with films designed for recyclability.Discover more
Stand-up pouches for a leading detergent brand
Helping brands like FINISH move to a circular economy through the creation of a new resealable pouch designed for recyclability.Discover more
Sustainable spouted pouches
Using a transformative Spout Sealing Technology allows converters to produce mono-material spouted pouches which are desgined for recycling in polyethylene streams.Discover more
Reusable pouches for windshield cleaner fluid for EPS
Reducing waste caused by packaging for windshield cleaners through easy-to-use and easy-to-store flexible pouches that are durable, lightweight, and can be reused and eventually recycled.Discover more
Recyclable refill bags for shower cream
Dow partnered with Lion Corporation to launch recyclable refill bags for Shokubutsu Monogatari’s shower cream in Thailand, using Dow’s INNATE™ TF Polyethylene Resins for Tenter Frame Biaxial Orientation (TF-BOPE). The newly developed recyclable packaging is a milestone for Dow’s breakthrough INNATE™ TF-BOPE resins, enabling traditional hard-to-recycle packaging to be easily integrated into existing recycling streams.Discover more
Improved recycling infrastructure
Closing the gaps makes a circular economy possible
We’re working with innovative recyclers across the globe to develop and scale opportunities that keep plastics from going to waste. From turning used plastics into economic opportunities to improving recycling processes and beyond, together we’re developing a solid, sustainable foundation for businesses and brands.
Collaborating to drive progress
We’re investing in, supporting, and collaborating with other organizations to continue to build and improve recycling infrastructure. Explore the work we’re doing together.