A range of reusable bottles has been created by Berry Global recently, which claim to be made completely from postconsumer recycled plastic (PCR) for the United Kingdom based cleaning company, The Bio-D Co. Berry Global’s bottles will be available in 750 ml, 1 litre and 5 litres for several BIO-D’s liquid products, including laundry detergent, fabric conditioner, dishwasher rinse aid, dish soap and home and garden cleaner.
Bio-D focuses on producing cleaning products that offer 100% naturally derived alternatives to toxic chemicals for safe and efficient cleaning that does not cause harm to the people or the environment.
The new PCR bottles from Berry Global can be refilled at more than 300 refill stores present across the United Kingdom. Additionally, these bottles can be recycled at their end of life. According to Bio-D’s calculations, using 100 percent PCR bottles can save up to 13 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually as compared to virgin plastic.
Heather Nixon, Bio-D Sustainability Manager, stated – “Our customers are naturally very sustainability conscious, so it is vital that our packaging represents the same ethos.” “Reusable bottles made completely from PCR offer a more sustainable solution than alternatives such as pouches. Berry has worked hard to ensure that the bottle is tough and long-lasting while also offering convenience and ease of use for the consumer to deliver a solution that is fit for purpose while fully complementing our brand values.”
The bottles are blow molded in 100 percent-PCR HDPE and incorporate an embossed Bio-D logo. The 1 litre bottles that are used for the laundry detergent and fabric conditioner products also feature a handle to enable safe carrying and controlled pouring.
According to Bio-D, Berry’s technical and design expertize has been critical to the successful production of the bottle.
“While we have been using recycled material in our containers for many years, the requirements for the Bio-D bottle set us additional challenges that required new material technology and processing requirements and an extensive new test regime,” explains Sally Halliwell, Sales Development Manager at Berry Global. “We are delighted to have partnered with Bio-D in a project that has enabled us to further refine and perfect our processes and which will inform the ongoing development of other products within the Berry BMS portfolio.”
Continuing further, Sally Halliwell states – “This project also demonstrates why collaboration is so critical to supporting a circular economy.” “Our team is passionate about pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with recycled plastics. Working closely with Bio-D, we have been able to deliver more together and show how recycled plastics can play a vital role in the development of packaging solutions that are both practical and sustainable.”
As part of the development process, Berry Global was able to call on the processing experience of Berry Circular Polymers, the company’s specialty recycling business. The closure for the bottle is produced by Berry Norwich, providing Bio-D with a complete single-source bottle and closure solution, Berry states.
Heather Nixon states – “As a B Corp. certified business, which confirms that we meet the highest standards of social and environmental impact, it is vital that our packaging contributes towards making our products environmentally responsible.” “We have worked with Berry over a number of years, and the company has always delivered excellent quality and service. Consumers love these bottles because they know each one has been manufactured from waste plastic and can be used time and time again.”