Nutritional Supplement and Sports Nutrition markets continue to grow at rapid rates as consumers look to maintain good health. We find that these consumers are also increasingly interested in the health and well being of our planet. A growing trend as it relates to sustainable packaging in this market segment is the use of PCR (Post Consumer Recycling) plastic materials to produce a host of packaging components and component parts. PCR materials are important, because they take used packaging components that would normally be heading ocean bound or to a landfill somewhere in the world and redirect it to a processing facility. The facility will process that material, re-pelletize it, and send it back to component manufactures for use as a percentage of (Typically, 10%, 25%, 50%, 75%), or 100% use when and where possible. Today, we can incorporated PCR materials in a variety of packaging components and in a variety of resins. As an example, we can manufacture plastic bottles (typically PET or Polyethylene), closures (typically Polypropylene or Polyethylene), to compliment this sustainable effort, we can recommend sustainable closure liners that seal to the bottle providing tamper evidence.
Although PCR was the first widely available sustainable material for bottles and closures we have other options available. BioPolymers or plastics manufactured from renewable resources are a great addition to the available materials we have today. BioPolymers do not have the discoloration generally associated with PCR. The Color, Appearance and Texture are exactly what would be expected from its fossil fuel counterpart. The only difference is It’s use of Plant-Based (renewable) resources. Biopolymers are recyclable in the traditional stream and are coded 1 (PET) and 2 (HDPE).