Bio polymer ‘mix’ bottle is a European first

RPC one-litre milk bottleRPC Promens Consumer Nordics has developed a one-litre milk bottle made entirely from a non-oil based bio polymer produced from sugar cane.

An additional feature that is now being developed, and which is believed to be a first in the European market, will see the polymer mixed with a special mineral filler. This reduces the amount of polymer required for each bottle without impacting on its strength and performance, which will further enhance its positive environmental profile. In its first commercial application, the new Modul bottle has been selected by leading Swedish dairy company Skånemejerier for its range of non-homogenised milk.

“Sustainability is a vital consideration throughout all our operations including our packaging, where we always seek to choose a solution with minimal impact on the environment,” commented Armina Nilsson, sustainability manager at Skånemejerier.

“The new bottle from RPC Promens is ideal for our milk,” added Thore Bengtsson, the company’s strategic purchaser. “We have an excellent working relationship with the company and their ability to handle the tight deadlines for this project was particularly beneficial.”

RPC Promens said that as consumers have taken a greater interest in the types of foods they are buying, their focus has started to switch to the packaging as well.

“According to Euromonitor, one of the top 10 global trends in 2016 is greener food,” explained senior sales manager, Jan Weier. “Certainly there has been strong growth in organic food products in recent years and this has now led to more attention being paid to how they are packed. By using this new material, we can offer our customers a renewable and sustainable solution.”

The one-litre white blow moulded Modul bottle is available with a choice of closures and features a four-sided label applied by RPC Promens.