Post-consumer recycled content, commonly known as PCR, is a material made from items that consumers recycle every day, materials like aluminum, cardboard boxes, paper, and plastic bottles. These materials are generally collected through local recycling programs and then transported to recycling facilities, where they are sorted into packages according to the materials. Then buy large bags and melt (or crush) them into small granules and mold them into new items. The new plastic PCR material can be used in a variety of finished products, in our case, cosmetic skin care packaging, health supplement bottles and food bottles.
PCR vs Other Eco-friendly Alternatives
There are three types of sustainable packaging options that differ in processing methods and what can be offered to consumers.
PCR Packaging are made from recycled plastic materials. This allows brands to reach their sustainability goals without having to rely too much on consumers to recycle or compost their used packages simply because they have used a material that has gone through recycling already.
Recyclable Packaging are those that can be processed and reused. When the used packaging enters the recycling process, it is broken down into raw materials and sold to the manufacturer. One potential drawback of recyclable packaging is that it relies heavily on consumers to actually recycle the packaging and must know where to recycle them.
Biodegradable Packaging, like PLA Bioplastics that we sell also, are materials that completely decomposes in industrial composting sites, leaving no toxic residues. To be consider as biodegradable the material has to disintegrate into carbon dioxide, water or biomass at the same duration as paper material would. One potential drawback of Biodegradable Packaging is that not all consumers have access to industrial composting facilities. However here in NZ, Australia, UK, Europe and USA, there are plenty on composting sites that can be found easily by consumers.
PCR can also be combined with standard plastics like HDPE, PP, PET or PETE to reduce the need of producing more petroleum based plastics, hence reducing carbon emission and achieving sustainability. A bottle made from HDPE for example, can be mixed with HDPE PCR materials depending on percentage, it can be 30%, 50% or more and the packaging can be recycled again as you would recycle an HDPE plastic which in this case recycle 2.
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO?
The "Our World in Data Organisation" conducted a statistics that suggests, the "packaging industry" was the most dominant industry to use plastics. Included in this category are the cosmetic sector, food, retail, health & wellness, and many more. A staggering 42% percent share from the entire plastic consumption of the world amounting to 146 million tonnes of plastic waste per year. While this figure is alarming, we believe we can do something about it.
We provide custom-made PCR bottles for your brand at any size possible. Either for cosmetic skin care products, food, or health supplements, we can help you develop the suitable bespoke bottles for you. And because it is custom-made, we can uniquely include your branding to showcase the bottles are exclusive to your products only. We can achieve this by imprinting your brand at the bottom of the bottle (similar to photo below) together with any recycle or biodegradable icons as part of our molding process. This is a great way for marketing to achieve authenticity of your brand and communicate to customers that you care for the environment.
OUR LEAD TIME & PROCESSES
Sample testing with your product formulation
Mass production - Minimum order quantity starts from 10,000 units only per size & design.
The entire process including delivery will take between 60 to 90 working days, depending on the amount of time you need to test your formulation to the PCR bottles.