Inline Plastics, Shelton, Conn., is integrating rDPET into its products, using post-consumer content from recycled products.
The rDPET from recycled products comes through a process known as chemical recycling, according to a news release, and results in clear plastic food packaging.
Through the process, Inline Plastics sees environmental benefits including:
Will use nearly 1 billion water bottles after consumers have used them;
Uses less than half the energy during material production compared to conventional methods; and
Reduces Inline Plastics’ carbon footprint by the equivalent of 233 million miles a year.
“This announcement signals a major step forward for our company, our commitment to sustainability and ongoing product innovation," Tom Orkisz, chairman and CEO, said in the release. “The integration of rDPET across all of our product lines was no small task; however, we know how important this solution was to our partners and their customers.”
The rDPET process starts with high-quality “flake,” which is chemically recycled at the “molecular level,” according to the release, breaking the material into molecules which added to new product and turned into a material with a more environmentally-friendly direct-to-sheet process.
“Through this proprietary process, plastic can be turned into clean, new plastic again and again, preserving quality so it does not have to end up in a landfill,” according to the release. “Finally, Inline Plastics takes the rDPET sheet and thermoforms it into an array of industry-leading products.”