100 Percent Recyclate: KHS & Startup Share Develop Unique PET Bottle
Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 | 522 Views
Berlin startup Share is the first beverage producer in Germany to sell its water in PET bottles made of 100 percent recyclate. With its expertise from the Bottles & Shapes consultancy program, the KHS group supported the company by helping to design and develop the bottle in a very short time indeed.
The plans are ambitious: in 2019 share wants to fill water into about a million bottles a month made entirely of recycled PET and thus save over 200 metric tons of plastic waste a year, according to the company. For several weeks now the product has been on sale at Germany’s supermarket chain REWE and drug store dm and has caused quite a stir in the media.
“It took a long time for the original idea to be implemented,” says Iris Braun, head of Product and Social Projects at share. “Finalising the technology and obtaining certification are both lengthy processes. Your partners are thus crucial.”
Besides the two aforementioned retailers share’s other partners are bottler Mineralbrunnen Allgäuer Alpenwasser and preform manufacturer Plastipack, which is also the world’s biggest converter. KHS Corpoplast was also largely instrumental in the implementation of the project.
Experience from over 4,000 realised bottle designs
The German engineering company supported the startup in several ways, including in the development of the recyclate bottle design, states Marc Eysel, who is responsible for sales in Northern Europe at KHS Corpoplast. “We implemented the development very quickly and worked on a suitable design together,” he says. Thanks to its holistic Bottles & Shapes consultancy program the systems supplier was able to contribute to the share project experience drawn from over 4,000 designed bottles.