The packaging manufacturer has announced that it has successfully converted prototype material from the PureCycle Feedstock Evaluation Unit into multiple colours of hinged closures with performances similar to conventional resin for food, beverage and cosmetic applications.

The progress achieved in testing and transforming PureCycle Technologies, Inc.’s Ultra-Pure Recycled (UPR) plastic are an important milestone in the efforts Aptar and PureCycle are making to determine the right material combination to create hinged closures made with this recycled material.

Towards a commercial production in the USA

Aptar and PureCycle have partnered in 2019 with the aim to achieve a more circular economy through an innovative portfolio of rigorously tested sustainable materials.

PureCycle is actively working to begin commercial production of UPR at its first commercial facility in the United States.

Aptar believes that the packaging industry must move beyond the ‘make, use, dispose’ behaviours of the past and actively work toward a circular economy. By circulating used plastic and packaging, we keep it in the economy and out of the environment,” said the company in a statement.

As a signatory of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, Aptar has set itself the objectives to incorporate more recycled content into its product offerings and have its dispensing solutions for the beauty, personal care, home care, food and beverage markets be 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.