X-CYCLE | Recyclable Packaging

The future of flexible packaging


Innovative Solutions for a Truly Circular Economy

At A. Hatzopoulos S.A., we focus on improving packaging design and on innovating to make our plastic products more environmental-friendly and easier to recycle. In response to the requirements set by the EU Strategy for Plastics in the Circular Economy as well as our customers globally, we have developed a complete series of recyclable films: X-CYCLE.

Complementing the sustainability benefits already offered by flexible packaging, the novel X-CYCLE films add recyclability to our already high-performance films, to meet the diversified needs and packaging requirements of our customers internationally.

Design for recycling

Flexible packaging is the best packaging choice when it comes to product protection, food waste reduction, consumer convenience and sustainability. However, today, most multi-material film structures that provide a broad range of protective and functional properties are not recyclable through the current recycling infrastructure. Our X-CYCLE solutions are the recyclable films designed and launched by A.Hatzopoulos S.A. to fill this exact gap.

Consisting of three main categories: X-CYCLE PP, X-CYCLE POLY and X-CYCLE PE, these fully recyclable solutions are mono-material / homogeneous composites, suitable for recycling through the available corresponding recycling streams.




Recyclable Films

Designed for recycling through the PP recycling stream






Recyclable Films

Designed for recycling through the PE recycling stream






Recyclable Films

Designed for recycling through the MIXED POs recycling stream



Certified Recyclability

The recyclable films we develop are in line with the latest  industry directives for flexible packaging design for recycling. The recyclability of the basic versions of the X-CYCLE packaging films has been validated and certified by the following independent bodies:


German Institute Cyclos-HTP


German Institute Interseroh


OPRL scheme in the UK


Preserve the freshness


High-barrier properties against oxygen / humidity


Optional integration of barrier properties against light


Optional integration of barrier properties against mineral oils


Solutions to preserve & extend the shelf-life of an array of products, such as coffee, nuts, wet wipes, bars, snacks


Stand out !


Films suitable for high-quality printing


Compatibility with lacquers


Optional transparency to enable direct product visibility


Adjustable pack stiffness – High puncture resistance


Optional integration of recyclability certification marks /  relevant logos to your packaging


Keep efficiency high


High-performance films for various high-speed packaging lines


Hermetic seals, even at lower temperatures for certain films


Contribution to less energy consumption


Compatibility with various add-on packaging components: zippers, degasssing valves, spouts, etc.

Closing the Loop on Flexible Packaging

In addition to X-CYCLE, the company has created and launched a new packaging line, which takes the topic of packaging sustainability one step further: X-LOOP. This new packaging range incorporates circular / post-consumer recycled plastic films (PCR) and bio-circular plastics, it is ISCC PLUS certified and food-contact safe, in compliance with all Regulations on plastic materials that come in contact with food.

These films do not differentiate from virgin ones. Their mechanical, physical and chemical properties remain the same, as does their performance on the converting and packaging lines. The laminated structures reach adjustable rates of circular / bio-circular content based on the amount of ISCC-certified material used in their production, according to the mass balance approach applied.
The overall packaging solutions result in Lower Carbon Footprint relative to virgin / fossil-based plastics, while, at the same time, the barrier properties, packaging functionality and aesthetics of the original films are maintained.

Closing the Loop | White Paper

Detailed information on the X-LOOP packaging range, the recycled / bio-circular materials and ISCC certification is available in the corresponding White Paper we released recently.
Providing guidance on how to integrate recycled / bio-circular films to your  packaging and corresponding ISCC-certification on-pack claims, it helps you get a better understanding of the new sustainable packaging technologies and gives real examples of circularly-designed solutions towards zero packaging waste.


To download the White Paper please request your free copy here:

At A. Hatzopoulos S.A. we are dedicated in achieving the sustainability goals set by our company, as well as our partners globally. With the common vision for a better future for our planet, we innovate continuously for the development of the next generation of flexible packaging.

Contact our team to discover our complete range of recyclable films and sustainable packaging solutions and to get a thorough consultation on how to redesign your packaging for recyclability.