SWITZERLAND – Swiss packaging solutions provider Hoffmann Neopac has developed a new line of post-consumer recycled (PCR) caps for personal care and beauty packaging.

The new series will debut with screw caps made of recycled high-density polyethylene (rHDPE) with diameters ranging from 19 to 40 millimeters (mm), a flip-top closure with a 35mm diameter, and an octagonal cap for sample tubes.

Hoffman Neopac claims that each cap can be recycled in its whole in the HDPE streams that are now available.

The new product’s introduction marks the first widely available rHDPE cap series with a high PCR percentage of 70%.

When combined with sustainability-minded tubes, the result is the possibility to develop packaging solutions made up of up to 77% recycled material, the packaging firm said.

Like other Neopac packaging options and its line of RECYCLED TUBE solutions, the new rHDPE caps have received different designations and certifications.

They are approved for post-consumer content (PCR), post-industrial recycled (PIR), and international sustainability & carbon certification (ISCC+) ratings.

In addition, they also have food-grade light certifications from regulatory bodies like the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

According to Hoffman Neopac, the rHDPE caps assist brand owners in reducing extended producer responsibility (EPR) payments in markets where they are levied, just like several other Neopac solutions.

The Swiss packaging firm said that the rHDPE caps are made leveraging 50% green electricity in the company’s manufacturing facilities in Switzerland and Hungary.

Neopac Marketing head Cornelia Schmid said: “As tube manufacturers have continued to make progress toward true circularity, caps have always presented a significant sustainability hurdle.

“Rooted in research and materials science, our new rHDPE caps, which contain 70% PCR material, represent a substantial step in the right direction, and we look forward to adding to the series in the coming months.”

The rHDPE packaging options are only the most recent in Neopac’s ever-expanding line of EcoDesign packaging options.

Earlier this year, the firm launched Eco-Stripped Tube, which combines a much thinner sleeve wall thickness with a corresponding reduction in the material in the shoulder and cap.

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