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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: HDPE Bioresin

Ethanol produced from renewable resources, such as sugarcane are commonly referred to as bioresin.

Bioresin HDPE exhibits the same chemical and physical properties as conventional HDPE.

Same physical appearance as HDPE derived from fossil fuels.

FDA Approved.

Why Choose HDPE Bioresin?

Plastic bottles made from ethanol derived from renewable resources (e.g. sugarcane) are a great way for a company to take positive climate action. By choosing this material the carbon footprint can be greatly reduced.

In general, for every 1 ton of bioresin used, approximately 3.1 tons of carbon dioxide are captured from the atmosphere on a cradle-to-gate basis. If all customers would approve bioresin, Drug Plastics could generate a reduction of over 60,000 tons of carbon dioxide.

This is one way to help reverse the trend of global warming due to increasing levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.

Bioresin Advantages

Derived from a renewable resource – Renewable resources, like sugarcane, can be grown every year, but fossil fuel resources (such as oil and natural gas) are finite.

More environmentally-friendly – Renewable resources capture and fix carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every growth cycle, which occurs annually. As a result, production of ethanol-based polyethylene contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional polyethylene made from fossil materials.

Changing is Easy

Changing from petrochemical-derived polyethylene to resins from renewable resources can be as seamless as approving an alternate material – the plastic bottles pass USP and ASTM tests, and look the same.

Opportunity 3: Recycled PET

Resin derived from 100% recyclable post-consumer material.

Material can be reused over and over.

FDA approved for food contact.

Opportunity 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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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