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World first’ tea capsules made from PP

World first’ tea capsules made from PP



Sabic creates tea capsules, nonwovens from circular PP

The Riyadh-headquartered global chemicals major has teamed up with two major manufacturers to produce more innovative products made from circular polypropylene

November 2020

Sabic’s Trucircle portfolio and services showcases its circular innovations and can help manufacturers reduce plastic waste by using sustainable materials. Since its launch in late 2019, Trucircle portfolio has received unprecedented demand from businesses from a wide range of industries looking for solutions that are commercially viable while also working towards a circular, transparent and sustainable economy for plastics.

In continuation of this initiative, the global chemicals major has now teamed up with two major manufacturers to produce more innovative products: tea capsules made from circular polypropylene and nonwovens from recycled plastics.

Avoury, a new brand launched by Melitta Single Portions, is working with Sabic’s Trucircle portfolio of solutions to create its new premium organic tea capsules, made from certified circular polypropylene (PP) that uses feedstock made from used plastic.

The launch represented an innovative use of recycled, transparent plastic tea capsules in the industry, representing an exciting step towards a more sustainable future with products which are easier to recycle and that help to create a circular economy for plastics.

Axelsen and Mette Due Søgaard, QA and sustainability director of Fibertex Personal Care, at the Aalborg site exploring ISCC Plus certified nonwovens

Axelsen and Mette Due Søgaard, QA and sustainability director of Fibertex Personal Care, at the Aalborg site exploring ISCC Plus certified nonwovens

Avoury was one of the first companies to adopt Sabic’s pioneering Trucircle solution for certified circular PP - Sabic Qrystal copolymer, which creates the capsules from post-consumer recycled material. The capsules are made specifically for the new Avoury One tea machine launched in late 2019, which enables the consumer to make a premium cup of tea with just the click of a button. The transparent tea capsules take the consumer experience one step further, allowing them to not only taste the high quality tea but also see it inside the capsule.

“We naturally want to ensure an exceptional tea experience and we want to prove that it is possible for resources to be used responsibly. With Avoury tea capsules we can prove both,” Holger Feldmann, CEO at Melitta Single Portions said.

Sabic’s Trucircle portfolio and services is a considerable milestone on the journey towards closing the loop and creating a circular economy for plastics. It showcases Sabic’s circular innovations and can help manufacturers reduce plastic waste by using sustainable materials. The Trucircle portfolio spans design for recyclability, mechanically recycled products, certified circular products from feedstock recycling of used plastic and certified renewables products from bio-based feedstock.

“Avoury tea capsules are a great example of collaboration and innovation between Sabic and Melitta Single Portions to create the world’s first tea capsules made using our Trucircle circular solutions. At Sabic, we are committed to deliver sustainable solutions for our customers and are closer than ever to closing the loop on used plastic,” Mark Vester, Circular Economy Leader at Sabic, said.

Sabic’s Trucircle solution for certified circular Sabic Qrystal copolymer, used for this new packaging that can be recycled, contributes towards the development of a circular economy. It also helps to create a transparent, aesthetically pleasing, lightweight design which preserves the quality of the tea leaves while supporting to address food safety regulations required for food and beverage products.

The packaging is heat resistant to protect the tea leaves, whilst enabling the tea to freely develop its flavours and nuances at the click of a button.

 

Creates nonwovens

The global leader in the chemicals industry, has partnered with Fibertex Personal Care, a leader in spunbond nonwovens for the hygiene industry, to create a range of nonwovens using high-purity recycled plastics from Sabic’s Trucircle portfolio and services.

This will be the world’s first nonwovens range based on recycled plastics in the hygiene industry, according to Sabic. The initiative is seen by the two partners as an exciting step towards a more sustainable supply chain and greater recyclability for nonwovens.

The new material will be made from Sabic’s circular PP, using feedstock derived from previously used plastics, certified under the ISCC Plus (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) system.

The PP material is part of Sabic’s Purecares portfolio for personal hygiene applications that was introduced at the beginning of this year. The certified circular PP material is created from post-consumer mixed plastics that have been broken down into their molecular building blocks and then re-polymerized to create virgin plastics. The new material can be used as a drop-in solution while meeting the brand owner’s requirements for purity and consumer safety for the hygiene industry applications.

Sabic applies the “mass balance” approach to polymers offered as part of its Trucircle portfolio and services, which spans design for recyclability, mechanically recycled products, certified circular products from feedstock recycling of used plastics, and certified renewables products from bio-based feedstock.

According to the company, the recognised ISCC Plus certification verifies that mass balance accounting follows predefined and transparent rules. In addition, it provides traceability along the supply chain, from the feedstock to the final product.

Fibertex Personal Care’s recent attainment of the ISCC Plus certification is a result of an extensive experience and focus on sustainability. Under the new partnership, Fibertex Personal Care will provide certified circular nonwovens to its customers with their Comfort, Elite, Dual and Loft product range. These certified nonwovens can be adopted in downstream processes, without compromising convertibility, product properties or performance of the final product.

“With Fibertex Personal Care’s expertise in nonwovens, brand owners can take full advantage of our innovative Trucircle solutions and Purecares product portfolio and integrate them into their hygiene applications,” said Sergi Monros, Vice President of Performance Polymers & Industry Solutions for Petrochemicals at Sabic. “We are working together to find further solutions to drive forward the circularity in the hygiene industry,” he added.

“This is an important step forward in supporting our sustainable strategy and important step in development and expansion of a supply chain for bio-based and circular polymers. Sabic’s Trucircle initiative makes this possible. We are proud to cooperate with Sabic in developing the first circular nonwovens for the hygiene market,” Mikael Staal Axelsen, Group CEO, Fibertex Personal Care, said.  




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