Four companies have joined forces to make a bottle system that is reusable for liquid concentrates. Replenish Bottling LLC and Nypro Inc. have entered into an official joint venture that includes Eastman Chemical Co. as materials supplier and Nypro's company Radius Product Development.
The joint venture specifically will focus on supplying the bottle system on a global scale to companies that make and market products including multisurface cleaners, window cleaners, carpet and furniture cleaners, and consumer beverages.
What we're doing with Nypro is taking their scale and worldwide manufacturing capabilities and bringing these bottles to brands, Jason Foster, founder of Replenish Bottling, said April 16 at the IDSA Southern District Conference in Austin.
We're saying, 'Come work with us. Not only will we lower your cost, but we'll protect your brand integrity.' That's the great goal, Foster said.
Foster markets a green cleaning liquid in the Replenish bottle, which is molded from a copolymer PET. It is then fitted with an extrusion blow molded pod that holds a liquid concentrate for the cleaner. Once consumers get the product home, they use their own tap water. The liquid concentrate is carried into the bottle via an internal measuring cup. Once consumers buy the bottle system, the bottle and sprayer are intended for permanent cleaning use. Consumers only have to purchase the pods.
Officials say the product eliminates the need for transporting bulky bottles filled with cleaner or any other water-based liquid. Essentially, it responds to the needs for the entire supply chain to improve efficiencies and reduce environmental waste. It also responds to the desires of retailers like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that have been encouraging suppliers to reduce their environmental footprint.
Joe Stodola, vice president of global business development for Nypro packaging, said the system allows for 16-20 times freight reduction. It also reduces the plastic used by 90 percent.
We will deploy this solution into a global existing footprint, Stodola said in an April 18 telephone interview. We'll deploy [it] globally using our existing footprint that allows us to get into any region quickly.