Food Manufacturers ‘Holding Back rPET’; Lush Outsources Recycling
The company, which says it is the largest food-grade PET recycler in Europe, is investing â‚¬10m at its recycling plant in Beaune, France to increase food-grade rPET output by 40 percent. But, European Plastics News reported, further expansions could be constrained by low supply of post-consumer PET.
FrĂ©dĂ©ric Blanchard, plant director of the Beaune facility, said the lack of supply is causing the price of post-consumer PET bales to rise to record highs. He said recyclersâ€™ costs also include blending, process controls and changeovers. But he said brand owners think incorrectly that rPET should be cheaper than its virgin cousin.
In other packaging news, multi-national cosmetics company Lush has outsourced the recycling of its black polypropylene cosmetics pots from its shops in the north of England, to eco-manufacturer Remarkable, Edie.net reports. Lush packaging buyer Maria Feast said many local governments donâ€™t have a process in place to handle this material.
Lush has created an in-store takeback scheme for product containers, which either go back to the Lush pot manufacturer or to Remarkableâ€™s factory. There, the pots are washed, cut down into plastic chips and melted into new pots, which go back to Lush.
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