ALPLA and PTT Global Chemical’s joint venture, ENVICCO, is helping beverage brands Pepsi and Mineré roll out what claim to be Thailand’s first 100% rPET bottles – apparently serving as the first food-grade rPET sold on the Thai market.

ALPLA and PTT Global Chemical’s state-of-the-art recycling facility was launched in the Rayong province last September under the joint venture ENVICCO Limited. It is said to have reached a yearly production capacity of 15,000 tons of rHDPE and 30,000 tons of rPET – the latter of which is known as InnoEco and was recently certified by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Now Pepsi and Mineré have implemented ENVICCO’s post-consumer recycled material into their plastic bottles. High-visibility campaigns for collection and recycling have accompanied these transitions in the hopes of educating the Thai population about sustainability-minded packaging solutions.

Suntory PepsiCo Beverage Thailand and the Property Management of Chulalongkorn University (PMCU) in Bangkok have launched the “Fizzy Consciousness to Change the World” campaign. Meanwhile, Nestlé, 7-Eleven, and PTT Global Chemical’s YOUTURN waste management platform have promoted a new motto for Mineré – “Bottle made from Bottles”.

“Investing in the circular economy is a win for everyone,” explains Bernd Wachter, corporate director Circular Economy & Recycling Asia at ALPLA. “The environment, economy, and society benefit from the careful and efficient recycling of used plastics, creating sustainable, affordable, and innovative products, as well as generating new jobs.

“Raising awareness about the value of recyclables is central to promoting the circular economy. Consumer engagement increases collection rates, reduces waste, and ensures an adequate supply of materials for recycling.”

“Our materials consist entirely of plastics acquired in Thailand,” adds Natthanun Sirirak, managing director at ENVICCO. “Through cutting-edge recycling technology, we restore value to used plastics.”

Reportedly, ENVICCO is one of Asia’s largest mechanical recycling operations and meets the quality, safety, and efficiency criteria to produce food-grade PCR material.

NEUE Water’s luxury artesian mineral water has recently been repackaged by Berry. The flat body of the bottle claims to be made entirely from 100% recycled PET and is designed to be sturdy enough for repeated reuse.

Additionally, Henkel marked the coming of spring with a new design for its Pril Limited Edition dishwashing liquid brand – reportedly containing 100% recycled plastic, 50% of which was sourced from Germany’s ‘yellow bag’ collection system.

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