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Sidel launches portfolio for market switch to recycled PET use
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19 June 2023

Sidel launches portfolio for market switch to recycled PET use

Sidel is launching a portfolio of services, the RePETable offer, to support the packaging industry in switching to recycled PET. The RePETable offer is designed to help the packaging industry make an efficient transition to rPET bottle production while offering support to improve the circularity of primary packaging. Sidel said the service solutions will enable customers to adopt up to 100% rPET without impacting bottle production. It can also offer support to the industry to develop innovative and more sustainable primary packaging materials that are designed for recycling. The RePETable offer is a range of services dedicated to rPET, designed to extend virgin PET benefits to rPET and achieve consistent production performance and bottle quality. Sidel packaging innovation experts are continuing to develop advanced knowledge about recycled PET resin and solutions for efficient bottle production by leveraging its unique small-scale recycling pilot line in France. Jérôme Neveu, packaging & moulds product manager at Sidel, said: “To reach the same level of performance as virgin PET, rPET bottle production process needs to be adapted to suit the resin used. Therefore, our RePETableTM offer is made of solutions to address the challenges associated with rPET bottle production securing bottle mechanical resistance with optimum material stretchability and bottle shaping.” Sidel offers rPET-ready features with packaging services and mould solutions, equipment upgrades and process support which achieve consistent, high production performance and bottle quality, even with up to 100% rPET. The services delivered through this pilot line ensure primary packaging recycling process efficiency, resin quality, and rPET bottle performance. With the RePETable offer, Sidel uses its expertise to create a virtuous closed-loop process for food-grade rPET bottles. Naima Boutroy, packaging expert global at Sidel, added: “While PET is already fully compliant with the circular economy compared to other plastic packaging materials, combining lightweight and recycled PET is the fastest way to reach carbon neutrality”.

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