Berry Global Group Inc. is launching a series of closures containing a minimum of 25 percent post-consumer recycled material.
Brian Hunt, executive vice president of consumer packaging at Berry, said the offerings will cover 30 items.
"That's what I mean by a portfolio," he said during an interview with Sustainable Plastics following a keynote presentation for Plastics News' Plastics Caps and Closures 2020 virtual event.
The items include a range of different types of products, including hinged flip-top closures. Berry is working with two partners to ensure a consistent and reliable supply of raw material based on post-consumer waste, he said. Both of the partners supply materials from curbside recycling.
While initially the portfolio will be available in black only, by 2021 the company is confident that it will be able to offer the products in color, "which I think is going to be important for the broader market acceptance," Hunt noted.
The recycled-content portfolio fits within the company's ambition to focus on increasing the sustainability of packaging.
"Via lightweighting, via the institution of post-consumer material, and by creating partnerships with closed-loop systems," Hunt said.
Among the most important issues in the plastics industry are the need to reduce plastic waste and, more generally, greenhouse gas emissions, he added.
Ensuring recyclability is key, he said.
"Having products all made from a single material is more conducive to recyclability, establishing closed-loop systems so we can get more post-consumer material back into the stream, and the recognition of the value of that material across the value chain, to me, those are all inextricably linked and comprise the most important problem to solve in the caps and closure space," he said.
"For me, that's pretty straightforward: The more recyclable product we put into the market, the greater the opportunity to reintroduce that post-consumer usage, which is obviously where those closed-loop systems come in. But the reduction of emissions is an important element as well.
"When we think at Berry about our efforts, we are focused on both of those things: the reduction of plastic waste and the reduction of greenhouse gases," he said.
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