Greif, Inc., a worldwide supplier of industrial packaging products and services, has designed a carbon black free plastic screw cap for its small drums in reply to the black plastic recycling challenge. It will be available via Greif’s international closures business, Tri-Sure.
Undetectable by recycling facilities utilizing near-infrared (NIR) technology, traditional black plastics, including carbon black colorants, are complicated to recycle and often end up in landfills. The unique packaging material utilizes an alternative black color that does not contain carbon.
The carbon black free closure will originally be introduced in Scandinavia, where modifications in legislation within the Nordic Swan Ecolabel state that packaging and closures must not have carbon black in the dying process.
“The latest caps will be more efficiently sorted for recycling, and in time we expect that they become the benchmark across the rest of Europe and even worldwide,” said Jacob Demén, Greif sales director Scandinavia.
“It is a small step transformation but will have a significant influence. It highlights our responsibility to produce innovative, safe, high-performing products with a low environmental impact. Innovations such as these help our resolve to welcome a low-carbon future and lower the raw material used by innovating new products and solutions that support a circular economy.”
The carbon black free screw cap attaches to all Greif jerrycans used across various industries, including food and beverage, chemicals, and agrochemicals.