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Berry supply agreement with PureCycle

Using its relationships with top suppliers, company can provide its customers with premier access to in-demand circular resins.

17th November 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Evansville, IN, USA

Sustainable

Berry Global – the world’s largest  manufacturer of nonwovens headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, – has announced a supply agreement for ultra-pure recycled (UPR) polypropylene resin from PureCycle. The agreement is the latest in a list of advanced recycling material sourcing announcements from Berry and the company’s second based in North America.

As demand for sustainable products grows, customers are looking to Berry for access to recycled material and the packaging design expertise to maintain their brand images and package performance. Berry continues its leadership position in the converter market for access to recycled plastic material – the aim is over 600 million pounds per year by 2025.

In addition to its material access, Berry understands the specific design requirements of brands’ products – combining material expertise with product specification needs creates a range of opportunities for advanced recycling technology to be used in the marketplace.

“Customers look to Berry for unique ways to meet their ambitious sustainability goals,” said Tom Salmon, Berry’s chairman and CEO. “Through our access to advanced recycled resin sand technical expertise, we are a dependable partner for customers in the implementation of sustainable solutions. By using our relationships with top suppliers and the latest technologies we can provide our customers with premier access to in-demand circular resins.”

Berry harnesses advanced recycling to provide an outlet for difficult-to-recycle materials to be given a second life in the form of food-grade packaging. While post-consumer resin often lacks the high-clarity customers desire, circular resins from advanced recycling boast exceptional clarity.

PureCycle’s patented recycling process separates colour, odour, and contaminants from plastic waste feedstocks to transform it into ultra-pure recycled polypropylene. The recycling service converts waste plastic into virgin-like plastic fully closing the loop on the reuse of recycled plastics while making recycled polypropylene more accessible at scale to companies desiring to use a sustainable, recycled resin.

The material will be supplied to Berry in summer 2023 for manufacturing at one of the company’s ISCC PLUS certified facilities, providing customers with maximum traceability for the materials. Berry previously announced its first three facilities in North America to achieve ISCC PLUS certification.

www.berryglobal.com

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