Berry to present CleanStream technology for aerosols in Paris Packaging Week
20 Jan 2023 --- Next week, at the Paris Packaging Week, Mark Roberts, circular value chain director, and Jonathan Pitt, global product management leader at Berry’s Consumer Packaging international division, will explain the technology behind the company’s proprietary CleanStream process, which will provide Europe’s first approved recyclate at scale for contact-sensitive applications.
This will help further develop the circularity of plastics for containers and dispensing systems in the personal care sector. The latest advances in recycling technology for contact-sensitive applications will be the focus of a presentation from Berry Global at the ADF Talks program – part of the tradeshow – which is being held at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles on January 25 and 26.
ADF, organized by Easyfairs in partnership with FEA, is dedicated to driving innovation, business and knowledge in the global aerosol and dispensing sector.
The event brings buyers and specifiers with leading global suppliers to create the future of aerosols and dispensing for industries such as personal care, household, automotive and pharmaceutical.
“Sustainability remains the driving force behind packaging developments in the personal care sector,” says Roberts.
“The ability to incorporate recycled material into packs for contact-sensitive applications is a significant breakthrough that supports the move toward a circular and net-zero economy. We are delighted to be able to share our progress with delegates at ADF.”
“World’s first” closed loop system
Berry claims that CleanStream is the world’s first closed-loop system to mechanically process domestically recovered household waste PP back into food-grade packaging.
The technology has recently been granted a Letter of No Objection from the US Food & Drug Administration. This confirms that post-consumer recycled (PCR) PP can be used in levels up to 100% recycled content for all types of contact-sensitive applications.
“One of CleanStream’s major benefits is that it can operate within existing waste management infrastructures. Automated sorting and decontamination processes that integrate online sensor technologies and machine learning algorithms remove the need for the use of markers or other digital technologies,” the company shares.
The ADF Talks program will feature expert speakers in various interactive presentations, panel debates, and Q&A sessions, focusing on the key technical, sustainability and regulatory challenges for the aerosol and dispensing market.
Aerosols in personal care
According to ADF, the personal care industry is the primary consumer of aerosols, with over 5.7 billion units produced in Europe out of the 16 billion made worldwide.
Berry says the CleanStream PCR-PP has been “extensively” tested across a range of products and processes with “extremely good” results.
“The target markets for this material are all contact-sensitive applications, particularly cosmetics and personal care as well as food contact,” says Roberts.
“This is another important step toward a circular and net-zero economy. It ideally demonstrates our promise of delivering innovations for the world and solutions for our customers, helping them to meet and exceed their sustainability goals.”
CleanStream delivers a number of additional environmental benefits and is an integral part of Berry’s Impact 2025 sustainability strategy.
As part of this, the company has recently set sustainable packaging goals to achieve 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable fast-moving consumer packaging by 2025 and 30% circular plastic use across its fast-moving consumer goods packaging by 2030.
According to a life cycle analysis by specialists Quantis, the process generates 35% lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than virgin PP production, and packaging made with the material will have a 20% lower impact. In addition, replacing virgin PP will reduce the CO2 impact of plastic packaging by 13,104 metric tons of CO2 per annum.
By Radhika Sikaria
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