Businesses across the globe are finding that sustainability is increasingly important to consumers especially in terms of product packaging. At Drug Plastics, we are investing in ways to decrease our own carbon footprint, and we want to help our customers do the same.
We are pleased to offer our earth-friendly RecyclePak™ packaging solutions to our customers: bottles made from recycled resins that reduce greenhouse gas emissions which damage our planet.
Improve Sustainability with RecyclePak Bottles
RecyclePak bottles are made from Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) HDPE and PCR PET resins. In a circular economy, making new products from PCR resins converts recycled plastics into resins that can be used again and again. When you choose a RecyclePak bottle, you are choosing to keep plastic waste to a minimum.
PCR HDPE and PCR PET are More Sustainable
PCR HDPE and PCR PET are made from 100% post-consumer recycled material. They reduce carbon footprint and greenhouse gasses. The manufacturing process reduces the amount of CO2 released into the environment compared to the amount released when traditional resins are used.
Both recycled resins are made from mechanically recycled plastics. The Mechanical Recycling process involves various steps: sorting, cleaning, shredding, melting, and remolding discarded plastic waste. After this process is complete, the PCR resin is used to manufacture new plastic bottles. Advancements continue to be made in the mechanical recycling process to achieve high performance demands for new products.
There is also a new game-changing process called Advanced Recycling. In this process, post-consumer plastic waste is used along with several other feedstock sources to generate identical ethylene molecules. The ethylene molecules are then processed into new batches of virgin resin. Essentially, virgin resin can now be made by using molecular feedstocks, creating virgin plastics. Those plastics include polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, PET, and more. Learn more about Advanced Recycling.
Switching is Easy
PCR resins meet the rigid standards for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and cannabis industries. Bottles also pass USP and ASTM testing. Since bottles made from PCR resins retain similar properties, performance, and application versatility to virgin resins, switching is as easy as approving an alternate material.
Perfect Eco-Friendly Packaging for a Variety of Products
RecyclePak bottles have a wide range of pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and lifestyle applications for products like ointments, gels, and creams. Our RecyclePak bottles can be made with PCR HDPE in any mold that is currently used to manufacture bottles in traditional HDPE. We also offer a limited number of RecyclePak bottles made with PCR PET*. Although Drug Plastics currently offers two mechanically derived PCR resins, we continue to evaluate other potential chemically derived PCR resin options, giving our customers more sustainable choices for the future.
Want to switch to more sustainable packaging? Do you want to make a more positive impact on the environment? We can help. For more information on our RecyclePak bottles, contact a knowledgeable team member or call us at 610-367-5000.
*Due to increased global demand, our current PCR PET supply is committed to current bottle customers. We are currently sold out of this resin for new bottle requests. We are actively exploring additional qualified sources of supply that will be able to assure consistent quality and availability of our PCR PET packaging.