Green polyethylene with a smaller carbon footprint
Nolato’s UK company, Nolato Jaycare, is one of Europe’s leading producers of plastic pharmaceutical packaging. In seeking to reduce the carbon footprint of its products and meet changing customer requirements, the company has scoured the market for alternatives to fossil fuel-based plastics.
“The key requirement was not to compromise with respect to the properties of the packaging,” explains Joe Barry, Managing Director of Nolato Jaycare. “Therefore, we’ve conducted extensive testing both in-house and through third parties in order to be confident that the environmentally sustainable alternative performs at least as well.”
Made from sugarcane
One of the ‘green’ plastics to meet the specifications is produced from ethanol made from sugarcane. The process of producing sugarcane-based polyethylene is exactly the same as for fossil fuel-based polyethylene and therefore it has the same properties, characteristics and aesthetics as conventional polyethylene.
Nolato Jaycare has processed the sugarcane-based plastic with excellent results in both injection moulding and various types of blow moulding.
Conducted numerous tests
“We’ve now carried out many tests and we are confident our containers and closures produced from green polyethylene meet all requirements both internally and from a customer standpoint,” adds Joe Barry.
“We’re now taking a holistic approach to sustainability by not only offering a range of bio-based products but also exploring 100% PCR (post-consumer recycle) and biodegradable pharmaceutical packaging,” he adds.
“As a key part of our strategy, we will continue to explore every practical alternative in our drive to be at the forefront of a more sustainable future.”