Raepak (Wymondham, UK), a global supplier of plastic packaging, has introduced two new 100% recyclable biopolymer bottles that the company claims are direct replacements for standard HDPE and PET fossil-fuel-based plastics.

One is a 100% bio bottle, and the other is a 50% bio bottle that includes 50% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content.

The bioplastic bottles provide these benefits, according to Raepak:

  1. Lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduced carbon footprint;
  2. Made from renewable raw materials;
  3. Derived from sugarcane waste, not from oil;
  4. No deforestation;
  5. No atmospheric carbon dioxide is generated;
  6. Fits back into the recycling chain;
  7. No difference in performance or color as standard oil-based bottles;
  8. Same manufacturing processes;
  9. Can be combined with PCR material.

“These biopolymer bottles made from sugarcane offer the same benefits as conventional HDPE or PET polymer bottles. Many companies have made enquiries regarding this new alternative because it lowers their carbon footprint output.”

“The biopolymer alternative can be used in all market sectors as they offer the same benefits as HDPE and PET containers. It’s the ethanol being extracted from the sugarcane that provides advantages, as it doesn’t increase atmospheric carbon dioxide and offers a reduced carbon footprint.”

“The emphasis on climate change is forcing business owners to re-think their packaging, “ said David Irvine, Raepak’s head of digital & marketing, in an interview for PlasticsToday.com.

Read more at plasticstoday.com.

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