Alternative material, Circular Economy, Sustainability, Recycling

New, sustainable r-PET cups for beer and other drinks

23/04/2021 | 3 min read
Lucian Ocos

As a plastic packaging producer, Greiner Packaging has taken a close look at the background to the new legal requirements, such as the ban on single-use plastics in the EU and the marking requirement for single-use beverage cups from July 3, 2021. The new r-PET beer cups are another sustainable solution that addresses these legal changes effectively. The benefits are clear to see – specifically, from the system. Mechanical recycling is already a viable option thanks to the high degree of purity and the material streams available. And in the future, this cup concept will also potentially allow for a dedicated recycling loop (for instance, at events).

Recycled polyethylene terephthalate (r-PET) is ideal for a dedicated recycling stream, accommodating environmental, economic, and social considerations. Mechanical recycling of r-PET works well and is extremely efficient. In addition, we can expect chemical r-PET recycling to be possible starting in 2025, which will then provide an even higher purity level.

First sample batches produced

Greiner Packaging’s new plastic beer cup is also based on r-PET. It is currently made from 100% recycled material, but can be made with 30 to 50% if requested by a customer. The cups make an appealing visual impression thanks to attractive printing options – plus, they are ideally suited for applying (presumably embossing) the required EU markings during mass production. Greiner Packaging has already produced initial series of sample batches.

New, readily recyclable r-PET cups are now available for beer and other drinks.

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