European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approves 3 PET recycling processes – APPE Supercycle B, LPR and FPR
Posted on : 27 Mar, 2014
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved three processes for recycling post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into food contact materials namely - APPE Supercycle B, LPR and France Plastiques Recyclage (FPR).
The panel concluded in its report that all 3 recycling processes ensure that the migration of potential contaminants into food do not exceed 0.1 µg/kg food, based on challenge tests and modeled migration.
The panel concluded that for both APPE Supercycle B and FPR, the recycled PET can be used at up to 100% for manufacturing of materials and articles that come in contact with all foodstuffs and that are intended for long term storage at room temperature, with or without hotfill. The trays made of recycled PET under these 2 processes are not intended to be used in microwaves and ovens.
Sidel introduces 0.5 litre lightweight PET bottle, promises cost & energy savings
Posted on : 15 Jan, 2014
Sidel, a leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging, has introduced a new 0.5 litre PET bottle called RightWeight™. The bottle is a lightweight variant that can package still water. Sidel stated that although the bottle weighs less, it does not compromise on product quality and offers better customer experience.
Weighing merely 7.95 grams, the new PET bottle offers top-load performance of 33 kilograms without nitrogen dosing and uses standard 26/22 caps. The new design weighs 34% less than the average commercial bottle. RightWeightTM also promises to save up to EUR 1.75 million of raw-material costs per year.
RightWeight™ bottles are designed in such a way that it doesn't allow 'over squeeze' - an issue often faced by consumers using ultra-light bottles that can lead to content spill.
The new PET bottles scores high on resistance allowing consumers to unscrew the cap and open the bottle while also enabling the bottles to have a longer life in the supply chain. The high resistance means that the bottles will remain intact and retain its original appearance when it appears on the supermarket shelves.
The RightWeight™ bottle is a step in the right direction as it not only reduces plastic but also lowers bottle weight, thus saving energy during production, improving bottle performance across the supply chain while also maintaining product quality, thus guaranteeing a better consumer experience.
The Sidel team has conducted numerous computer simulations as well as real-world physical tests, so that it can bring to the table the perfect geometrical solution, enabling optimum balance between less weight and strong performance. The team redesigned the standard 26/22 neck finish; thus ensuring an extra 15% savings on weight, at the same time maintaining compatibility of the evolved version with the existing standard 26/22 caps.
More such updates from the PET industry in Greater Europe can be expected at CMT's 15th GEPET on 20-21 May 2014 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.