- Thin-walled injection molding cups, which were previously realized using PP, can now be produced from r-PET.
- The use of 100% r-PET results in up to a 4-fold reduction in CO2e emissions compared to virgin PP material.*
- The thin injection molded cups have an even wall thickness distribution and are designed to both filling line compatible and sealable.
- The development collaboration underlines the potential of cross-industry cooperation for a circular economy.
Lightweight, made of recycled material and optimally recyclable – this is what the ideal packaging should look like. For the sake of the environment, but also for conformity with legal requirements. Together with Brink and Engel, Greiner Packaging has now reached a milestone on this path with the development of a thin-walled, injection-molded plastic cup made of r-PET that is ideally suited to industrial requirements.
Recycled PET realizes great CO2e savings potential
Strong availability, food-grade status and high quality – these properties make r-PET the material of choice when it comes to sustainable packaging. Until now, however, PET has mostly only been used for thermoforming applications and for injection-molded bottles and cans. Injection-molded cups with thin walls have been realized mainly with polypropylene (PP), which to date has – mechanically recycled – not received a positive EFSA opinion. Therefore, use of recycled PET in injection molding opens up new possibilities, especially for food applications. Injection-molded cups that were thus far made out of PP can now also be offered in up to 100% r-PET – an advantage of which being up to 4 times less CO2e emissions compared to other materials.
Innovation with a reality check
Manufacturing the cups using the injection molding process ensures that the thickness of the walls of the cups is especially uniform, as the plastic is distributed evenly in the mold during injection – an essential aspect in terms of top load, quality and appearance. The injectionmolded cups can be decorated by means of IML (in-mold labeling).