PCR Bottles Sustainable Solution for Intermediate Bulk Containers
Greif has recently announced the launch of its Gcube intermediate bulk container (IBC) containing transparent post-consumer resin (PCR) in the bottle. The inner layer of this sustainable bottle remains 100 per cent virgin high density polyethylene (HDPE), while the two external layers are made from a blend of PCR.
The virgin HDPE inner layer and accurate selection of PCR assure product integrity. Internal analysis estimates that this reduces the carbon footprint of the bottle by up to 38 per cent and up to 11 per cent for the entire IBC, opines the company.
Currently available at the firm’s Castenedolo plant in Italy, where it was developed using PCR from its IBC collection service and extruded at its on-site recycling centre, the PCR bottles will soon be available across the company’s global network of Gcube IBC facilities including Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, China, Spain and the USA.
Sustainability is one of the firm’s guiding principles. Over the last decade much of the company’s innovation strategy has focused on developing products that use less virgin raw materials and incorporate more recycled content, while continuing to meet performance requirements, helping all of us meet important waste reduction targets. The PCR bottle is yet another significant development in this area, states the firm.
The bottle offers all the same features as the company’s standard IBC bottle including transparency and is suitable for non-UN and non-food products such as lube oil and Ad Blue, mentions the company. The bottle is an extension of the firm’s Eco Balance product line which includes drums and other shipping containers made using PCR. The product line helps support many of the company’s customers with their sustainability goals including reducing carbon emissions, energy consumption and diverting waste from landfills.