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Opportunity 1: Flame Treatment Elimination

Pressure sensitive and shrink labels do not require the use of flaming to adhere to HDPE and PP bottles. This makes the flaming process unnecessary.

For every 5 million bottles not flamed approximately 3 metric tons of CO2 is eliminated. Flaming calculation tool available upon request to determine reduction in carbon footprint.

Opt out and conserve natural gas. Easy way to reduce the carbon footprint since most labels do not require this process.

Opportunity 2: Recycled PET

Resin derived from 100% recyclable post-consumer material.

Material can be reused over and over.

FDA approved for food contact.

Opportunity 3: Source Reduction

Also known as right-weighting, the same bottle may be able to be manufactured with less plastic.

A bottle with too little plastic may be too thin to hold up to filling lines or may deform after product is filled.

A bottle with excess plastic may be unnecessary and results in wasted plastic and added costs.

Managing Minimum Wall Thickness

Using a 75cc Artistic Series Wide-Mouth Pharmaceutical Round bottle as an example, right-weighting seeks to identify the required wall thickness. Additional weight may be able to be removed from bottle if results still adhere to the customers’ MVTR, top load, labeling and other requirements

11g bottle averages .034” minimum wall at midpoint

13g bottle averages .045” minimum wall at midpoint

17.5g bottle averages .075” minimum wall at midpoint

It Also Applies to Closures

For example, a 38mm Continuous Thread Smooth Side Smooth Top may be able to manufactured at 1.9g versus 3.1g. That reduction saves 38% plastic.

Opportunity 4: Reusable Plastic Pallets

Convert to reusable plastic pallets: they will last longer than wood pallets, eliminate pallet moisture and improve safety in handling.

Reduces use of raw materials in the pallet manufacturing process (natural gas, metal, forests, etc.) aiding in efforts towards Zero Net Deforestation.

Returnable plastic pallets provide savings over the longterm.

Opportunity 5: Biodegradable Trends

Legislative trend - California is enacting legislation to control the claims and use of biodegradable plastic.

Corporate trend - Major companies, like Walmart, are not approving the use of biodegradable additives for plastics made from petroleum.

Petrochemical industry trend - This industry is supporting recycling of plastics, not biodegradability.

Drug Plastics fully supports recycling of plastics and continues to evaluate the market and potential use of biodegradable options.

Our Commitment to Sustainability

In addition to providing sustainable options for our customers we’ve been busy at all our locations executing changes that will help protect our planet, including:
  • Implementing employee wellness and assistance programs, emphasizing employee safety policies, and supporting our local communities.

  • Reducing water consumption, purchasing energy efficient equipment and renewable energy sources at plant locations.


  • Landfill waste diversion. Industrial scrap recycling, corrugate, wood, metal, aerosol can, and light bulb recycling.

Contact Us to Learn More About Our Sustainability Options

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