Gerresheimer contributes to reduce the flow of ocean-bound plastic

Gerresheimer offers its customers rPET made from recycled, ocean-bound plastic
Gerresheimer offers its customers rPET made from recycled, ocean-bound plastic

Duesseldorf/Vaerlose, November 02, 2021. Every year, around eight million tons of plastic waste are dumped in our oceans. That is why Gerresheimer is committed to returning plastic waste to the recycling process. In addition to the already established cosmetics packaging made from various blends of recycled PET (rPET), Gerresheimer therefore now also offers its cosmetic portfolio made from ocean-bound plastic. At Luxepack the company presented this offer to its customers.

"We are very pleased to introduce this material to our customers for their sustainability concepts. I am sure that we will now be able to address their needs even better to jointly produce sustainable packaging for care and cosmetic products," says Niels Düring, Global Executive Vice President Plastic Packaging. The packaging material is suitable for a wide range of care and cosmetic products, such as shower gels, hair shampoos, body lotions, facial cleansing products and various creams.

Niels Düring and his team perceive very clear advantages in its usage: The ocean-bound plastic consists of 100% PET and is recyclable. Since less energy must be used for recycling, the CO2 requirement for production is reduced. Consequently, recycling saves both raw materials and energy.

Gerresheimer has developed a complete dimensional analysis together with a functional test. In conclusion, there are no significant differences between ocean-bound and virgin PET material. They only differ slightly in their visual appearance related to the color tonality. Gerresheimer obtains the recycled, ocean-bound plastic from an experienced and certified partner company, which collects the material and processes it accordingly for use in production.

About Gerresheimer

Gerresheimer is the global partner for pharma, biotech, healthcare and cosmetics with a very broad product range for pharmaceutical and cosmetic packaging and drug delivery devices. The company is an innovative solution provider from concept to delivery of the end product. Gerresheimer achieves its ambitious goals through a high level of innovative strength, industrial competence, focus on quality and customers. In developing innovative and sustainable solutions, Gerresheimer relies on a comprehensive international network with numerous innovation and production centers in Europe, America and Asia. Gerresheimer produces close to its customers worldwide with around 10,000 employees and generates annual sales of more than €1.4 billion. With its products and solutions, Gerresheimer plays an essential role in people's health and well-being.

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