Biodegradable bottle developed for pharmacy products

17 Sep 2013

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A Spanish plastics institution claims to have developed the first totally biodegradable bottle for drugstore and healthcare products. The project has developed biodegradable packaging with capacity between 150 and 500 ml intended to contain drugstore and pharmacy products such as gels, shampoos, creams and mouthwashes.

They claim that the product could also be used in the food industry and for some cleaning products.

This type of packaging is only manufactured with high density polyethylene due to the requirements of the manufacturing process and the characteristics of the product. The project’s authors claim that henceforth biodegradable materials can be used in these packages, preserving the properties of the product contained, and adding value from the environmental point of view.

The bottles are decomposed with carbon dioxide, water, salts and biomass between 45 days and four months, depending on conditions.

Furthermore, it is claimed that the production process uses lower energy consumption.

Biodegradable packaging demand is expected to rise up to two million tonnes on the horizon 2018.


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