Chicago — There's been plenty of talk about the need to create plastics packaging for the rapidly expanding e-commerce market.
And now, an Ohio-based company has done just that.
Plastic Technologies Inc., based in Holland, Ohio, is known for its years of work in the PET packaging business, including design, development, prototyping and engineering.
The company is out with its new Dromo bottle and dispensing system that's made to withstand the rigors of e-commerce shipping.
Unlike retail packaging, Dromo brings the bottle to its basics, stripping away design elements not needed in a refill approach to packaging.
The result, according to PTI CEO Thierry Fabozzi, is a structurally strong PET bottle that's 75 percent lighter than traditional containers.
An initial 16-ounce version of the bottle weighs just 9.6 grams, which is significantly less than the 30 or 40 grams a bottle on a store shelf might weigh, he said.
"The need is to minimize the impact of what we are shipping and using," Fabozzi said. "The drive for it is that 75 percent lightweighting."
Dromo bottles are designed to be ganged together with a sleeve, labeled and shipped without the need for secondary packaging such as a box and cushioning.
The spherical shape on the bottom of the bottle helps to cut package weight. Because the bottle is designed to be placed in a dispenser, it is not necessary to have a flat bottom. The bottle does have two flat areas along its side to avoid rolling.
"It's time that people start designing specifically for e-commerce channels, which they have not been doing," said Sophia Dilberakis, a spokeswoman for PTI. Dilberakis came up with the name for the new system.