Melodea Ltd. has introduced its newest innovation, MelOx NGen™, a barrier product engineered to allow for the recyclability of plastic food packaging. In addition to its potential to expand the scope of plastic food packaging eligible for recycling, the new barrier is proven to maintain food freshness.

MelOx NGen is a water-based, plant-sourced coating designed to line the inside surface of numerous forms of plastic food packaging such as films, pouches, bags, lidding, and blister packs. The solution is currently being rolled out to the global plastic industry, and it has been approved by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the German Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) for food contact uses. The coating helps protect and extend the shelf life of foods such as snacks, confectionary, nutrition bars, meats, and dairy products.

Designed specifically for plastic applications, Melox NGen is a new iteration of Melodea’s bio-based, renewable MelOx material for paper packaging. Lining packaging in a transparent layer, Melox NGen offers a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to petroleum-based Ethyl Vinyl Alcohol copolymers (EVOH), which are widely used in packaging for food preservation, as well as Metalized Polyester (MET PET) plastic materials often used to produce lids.