TotalEnergies partners Ecolab to develop heavy-use packaging incorporating PCR

FRANCE – French multi-energy company TotalEnergies has partnered with American chemical firm Ecolab to launch plastic packaging with recycled material to improve circularity in heavy-use packaging markets.

The plastic packaging contains post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic content and is designed for highly concentrated cleaning products.

Marketed as TotalEnergies RE:use rPE6314, it is part of the RE:clic portfolio of circular polymers within Ecolab‘s MAXX S facility care product range.

The move is part of both companies’ efforts to launch solutions that avoid waste and safeguard people, the planet and business.

RE:use rPE6314 is a combination of PCR with high-performing booster resin that is claimed to enable circularity without compromising performance.

TotalEnergies said the material is ideal for bottles and medium-size containers that store solids and liquids.

TotalEnergies Polymers Europe & Orient vice-president Olivier Greiner said: “Delivering sustainable solutions without compromising on performance is instrumental in enlarging the market for recycled plastics.

“This collaboration with Ecolab is an excellent example of value chain partnership aimed at enabling circularity for highly technical applications and it fully contributes to our ambition of producing 30% circular polymers by 2030.”

Ecolab Europe sustainability vice-president Anja de Reus added: “The collaboration with TotalEnergies proves once again how important it is to create innovative partnerships to provide the best solutions.

“At Ecolab, we are committed to continuously improving our packaging by offering our customers products that are designed to optimize the amount of plastic and minimize environmental impact.

“This is part of our commitment to provide every customer with an overall positive impact and deliver value.”

RE:use rPE6314 is one of TotalEnergies’ innovations to produce sustainable products in the market. In October last year, the company developed a high-barrier recyclable packaging solution for food-grade applications alongside Windmöller & Hölscher (W&H) and Mitsubishi Chemical Group.

The fully recyclable high-barrier stand-up pouch comprises 98% PE and less than 2% ethylene vinyl alcohol, which is required for barrier properties.

According to the companies, the high-barrier packaging was developed to replace multi-material structures (such as metalized BOPP/PE or metalized BOPET/PE) in line with brand owners’ commitments to 100% recyclable packaging by 2025.

Early this month, the French company partnered with Portugal-based Intraplás to develop a bio-based polymer for food packaging.

TotalEnergies said the products will also be made using TotalEnergies RE:newable polymer, part of RE:clic portfolio, which is renewably sourced to reduce the final product’s carbon footprint.

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