The first customer of the rEPS packaging is French firm Prevor, which is using the material for protecting medical products during shipping. Prevor claims that the rEPS packs enable the elimination of secondary packaging. A project with a manufacturer of cleaning equipment has also started in Germany.
Storopack has a fully integrated rEPS production process, whereby it handles the recycling and production of rEPS beads at its own factories.
Storopack is currently working with two partners in order to put the ‘circular economy’ principle into practice. Customers of a household appliances and consumer electronics retailer are able to return used EPS protective packaging once they have received their goods. This packaging will be forwarded to the company Eco2PR for further processing; finally, Storopack recycles the raw material in a patented process and uses it to produce new protective packaging.
Storopack is the exclusive packaging partner of the French network Réseau National des Recycleurs de Polystyrène expansé (R.N.R.P.), which has set itself the goal of creating an efficient recycling loop for EPS and a sustainable utilisation of this raw material.
Protective packaging made from 100 per cent rEPS is claimed to not only offer an improved carbon footprint, but also the same reliable protection as products in conventional EPS.
The German converter has also signed up to the Recyqualipso corporate initiative in France, which aims to find a way of recycling PS yoghurt pots into rEPS. Recyqualipso was launched in 2019 in France by Valorplast and Syndifrais, and with the financial and technical support of CITEO. In 2019, Storopack made more than 30 per cent of its in-house products using renewable or recycled materials – and is striving to increase this figure to more than 50 per cent by 2025.
Guala Closures signs exclusive agreement with Oceanworks to develop closures made with plastic recovered from the oceans
Luxembourg, 18 December 2020 – Guala Closures Group, the global producer of non-refillable and aluminium beverage closures, has partnered with Oceanworks®, the largest global marketplace for sustainable materials, to develop a range of closures produced using ocean plastics.
INCREASING AWARENESS OF REUSE AND RECYCLING
The refill station pilot project is scheduled to last for six to eight months, with the aim of gathering experience together with the target group in order to find out which solutions make sense and are feasible for fostering a closed-loop economy. The Hamburg-based company plans to take further steps depending on how well the public responds to the new service.
In May 2020, the manufacturer of the traditional blue “creme” tin announced its commitment to the “Global Plastic Pledge”. Three goals are to be achieved across all brands.
By 2025, all packaging is to be refillable, reusable or recyclable.
The share of recycled materials in plastic packaging is to be increased to 30%.
At the same time, the quantity of new, petroleum-based plastic in use is to be reduced by 50%.
By the end of 2020, Beiersdorf will also have shifted more than 90% of its PET bottles in Europe over to recycled plastic (rPET). This initiative alone will reduce the amount of new plastic by more than 1200 tonnes annually.
REFILL STATIONS FOR DETERGENTS AND WASHING-UP LIQUIDS
With its new brand Love Nature, Düsseldorf-based consumer goods manufacturer Henkel is specifically targeting customers who want to shop more conscientiously and who are prepared to give sustainable packaging alternatives a try.
Since October 2020, customers in 15 selected dm, Rossmann and Müller drugstores have been able to refill Love Nature detergent and washing-up liquid bottles themselves at specially designed refill stations.
To ensure that everything works perfectly from a technical standpoint, Henkel offers special refill bottles for each product group. There are two detergent and two washing-up liquid variants to choose from, each of which can be dispensed into the bottle provided with the label “My detergent” or “My washing-up liquid”. The traditional shelf goods can currently not be refilled.
The bodies of the refillable bottles are made of 100% recycled plastic and can in turn be fully recycled at the end of their service life. The test phase with the refill stations is currently scheduled for one year.
Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging Europe is strongly committed to meeting this challenge for flexiblepackaging and, specifically, for laminated tube applications. ‘We recently succeeded in integrating the first quantities of recycled plastics into one of our standard plastic barrier laminate for tubes’, says Thomas Stroh, R&D Manager at Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging Europe. ‘This development brings us a major step closer to contributing to the EU’s packaging recycling targets for flexible packaging formats.’
The tube produced with Huhtamaki’s laminate contains 19% Mersalen® recyclates, produced by APK AG, and its performance is nearly identical with the standard referenced PBL structure produced with virgin LDPE. The ambitious R&D unit at Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging Europe plans to further increase the percentage of recycled content in their products and will test recyclates based on different feedstock streams. Currently, LDPE-recyclates based purely on post-consumer waste and suitable for food and cosmetic packaging, which requires food contact compliance, are not yet available on the European market. Huhtamaki and APK are cooperating closely to solve this challenge.
Luxembourg (Oct. 20, 2020) – Ardagh has won a Sustainability Award in the inaugural ‘Pre-Commercialised Innovation’ category for its method of producing remeltable briquettes from the fine particle glass rejected during the recycling process, allowing 100% of recycled glass to be remelted into new glass bottles and jars.
The new toilet cleaner bottle stands out not only thanks to its convenience and ease of handling but also because of its sustainable properties: It is composed of 50% post-consumer r-PE. This product represents a valuable contribution to a sustainable circular economy, which both Henkel and Greiner Packaging want to foster. For example, the two project partners have signed the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment launched by the UK-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation. This initiative aims, amongst others, to replace fossil-based virgin plastics with the use of recycled plastics in packaging. Step by step toward a circular economy The new Pro Nature toilet cleaner bottle with 50% post-consumer r-PE is just another example of how Henkel and Greiner Packaging are joining forces to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable packaging solutions that foster a circular economy. Last year, the black bottles for toilet cleaner under the Bref brand produced by Greiner Packaging were relaunched in a sustainable version: As black plastic packaging products represented a challenge for the recycling value chain due to the black masterbatch previously used, Henkel teamed up with its supplier Ampacet to introduce an innovative solution for black plastic packaging that is fully recyclable. The new packaging material uses an alternative, carbon-free black coloring agent – thanks to the new masterbatch, the black bottles now can be correctly identified and sorted by optical sensors at waste sorting plants. Close collaboration for sustainable packaging “We want to contribute to more sustainable packaging, both with regard to recyclability and an increased use of recycled materials. That’s why we are proud to support our partners like Henkel in implementing their innovative and sustainable projects along every step of the way. A true circular economy can only become a reality if everyone works together,” stresses Michael Frick, Global Key Account Director at Greiner Packaging. Abdullah Khan, who is responsible for Sustainable Packaging Laundry & Home Care at Henkel, is also excited about the partnership: Henkel and Greiner Packaging have already implemented a number of innovative packaging concepts together. Our new Pro Nature bottle containing 50% recycled material is a shining example of Henkel’s activities to reach our goal to reduce 50% fossil-based virgin plastics by 2025. Abdullah Khan, responsible for Sustainable Packaging Laundry & Home Care at Henkel