Biopolymer ‘Mix’ bottle is a European first
By Canadian Packaging staffDesign & Innovation Sustainability Bottling Modul biopolymer sugar cane bottle RPC Promens Consumer Nordics Skånemejerier
New Modul bottle created from sugar cane.
RPC Promens Consumer Nordics has developed a one liter milk bottle—the Modul—made entirely from a non-oil based biopolymer produced from sugar cane.
Uniquely, an additional feature that is now being developed and which is believed to be a first in the European market, will see the polymer mixed with a special mineral filler. This reduces the amount of polymer required for each bottle without impacting on its strength and performance, which will further enhance its positive environmental profile.
In its first commercial application, the new Modul bottle has been selected by leading Swedish dairy company Skånemejerier for its range of non-homogenized milk.
“Sustainability is a vital consideration throughout all our operations including our packaging, where we always seek to choose a solution with minimal impact on the environment,” comments Skånemejerier sustainability manager Armina Nilsson.
“The new bottle from RPC Promens is ideal for our milk,” confirms Skånemejerier strategic purchaser Thore Bengtsson. “We have an excellent working relationship with the company and their ability to handle the tight deadlines for this project was particularly beneficial.”
RPC Promens says that as consumers have taken a greater interest in the types of foods they are buying, their focus has started to switch to the packaging as well.
“According to Euromonitor one of the top ten global trends in 2016 is greener food,” explains RPC Promens senior sales manager Jan Weier. “Certainly there has been strong growth in organic food products in recent years and this has now led to more attention being paid to how they are packed. By using this new material, we can offer our customers a renewable and sustainable solution.”
The one liter white blowmolded Modul bottle is available with a choice of closures and features a four-sided label applied by RPC Promens.
Visit www.rpc-group.com for more information.