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Gerresheimer manufactures sustainable plastic packaging for body care products

PET-bottles could be made out of up to 100 percent R-PET

Düsseldorf, November 18, 2019. Consumers are placing great importance on sustainable products, specifically – and increasingly – on sustainable packaging solutions that can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. At Gerresheimer, therefore, innovation and environmental protection go hand in hand. A pioneer in the quest for greater sustainability, Gerresheimer offers an extensive standard range of plastic packaging and devises customized solutions made from PET, R-PET, and BIO-PET plastics.

With its high-quality packaging solutions made from glass and plastic, Gerresheimer serves all market segments of the international pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and body care industry, covering all aspects of beauty and hygiene. The company is conscious of its obligations to the circular economy and uses recycled materials to make plastic and glass packaging for cosmetics.

PET and R-PET – making new from old

Most body care products are packaged in bottles and containers made from polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, as the material is lightweight, versatile, easily moulded, and shatterproof. New packaging products can be manufactured from used PET, also known as R-PET (i.e. recycled polyethylene terephthalate).

Form follows function – an intendation in the base makes it easy to stack the containers
Form follows function – an intendation in the base makes it easy to stack the containers

Gerresheimer has offered its PET ranges with various blends of recycled post-industrial and post-consumer materials (PCR) for years now and can produce containers made from up to 100 percent R-PET.

Stackable bottles – form follows function

Gerresheimer has developed a new, refillable plastic bottle made on behalf of a major customer in the cosmetics industry. The bottle has straight edges like a cube, offering four sides to contemplate small petals or seeds through transparent labels suspended inside the gel. An indentation in the base makes it easy for the angular containers to be stacked one on top of the other, saving space and thus reducing CO2 emissions per shipment.

BioPack – innovation and environmental protection go hand in hand

Right from the outset, BIO-PET containers are made from sustainable, renewable biomaterials such as sugarcane. First, the ethanol is extracted from the sugarcane plant, before being dried and dehydrated to transform it into green ethylene. This then goes to the polymerization plants, where it is converted into green polyethylene (PE) or PET.

BioPack – innovation and environmental protection go hand in hand


Under the name BioPack, Gerresheimer has launched a broad spectrum of plastic packaging for drugs and cosmetics made of biomaterial instead of conventional PE or PET. Innovation and environmental protection go hand in hand.

Gerresheimer at the 2020 PCD Congress in Paris

Gerresheimer will be showcasing its sustainable and innovative glass and plastic packaging at booth H32 at the PCD Congress in Paris on January 29 and 30, 2020.

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About Gerresheimer

Gerresheimer is a leading global partner to the pharma and healthcare industry. With specialty glass and plastic products, the Company contributes to health and well-being. Gerresheimer operates worldwide and its approximately 10,000 employees manufacture products in local markets, close to its customers. With plants in Europe, the Americas, and Asia, Gerresheimer generates revenues of around EUR 1.4 billion. The comprehensive product portfolio includes pharmaceutical packaging and products for the safe, simple administration of medicines: insulin pens, inhalers, micro pumps, prefillable syringes, injection vials, ampoules, bottles, and containers for liquid and solid medicines with closure and safety systems as well as packaging for the cosmetics industry.

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