New r-PET cups address sustainability challenges

GREINER Packaging has announced the launch of new r-PET cups for beer and other drinks.

The plastic cup is currently made from 100% recycled PET (r-PET), but can be made with 30 to 50% r-PET if requested by a customer. The cups are said to make an appealing visual impression thanks to attractive printing options.

“As a plastic packaging producer, Greiner Packaging has taken a close look at the background to the new legal requirements, such as the ban on single-use plastics in the EU and the marking requirement for single-use beverage cups from July 3, 2021,” explained Greiner Packaging sales director Lucian Ocos. “Our new r-PET beer cups are another sustainable solution that addresses these legal changes effectively.”

Greiner added that mechanical recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is already a ‘viable option’ due to the high degree of purity and the material streams available. In the future, the business said this cup concept will also potentially allow for a dedicated recycling loop – for instance, at events.

“Recycled PET (r-PET) is ideal for a dedicated recycling stream, accommodating environmental, economic, and social considerations,” Lucian Ocos said. “Mechanical recycling of r-PET works well and is extremely efficient. In addition, we can expect chemical r-PET recycling to be possible starting in 2025, which will then provide an even higher purity level.”