Amcor Rigid Plastics has announced plans to operate an on-site production facility within Method’s manufacturing facility in Chicago, US, to produce 100% PCR polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.
Expected to be opened in 2015, the new manufacturing plant aims to become the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum-certified facility in the consumer packaged goods industry. It will produce PET bottles primarily for household cleaners and hand wash, employing more than 30 people.
It will feature a 230ft wind turbine and solar panel installations to help reduce environmental impact, incorporate natural lighting and renew native land across 22 acres. A functional roof with urban agriculture is also planned to help the local community.
The in-house production of PCR containers would help Method to reduce freight cost, carbon emissions and packaging costs, as well as improve joint operational efficiencies.
Nearly 600 truckloads of bottles can be kept off the road with the on-site production of PCR bottles, which results in the elimination of more than 200mt of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, claims Amcor.
Amcor said that the use of 100% PCR resin helps in reducing the cradle-to-gate energy consumption of the resin by 52% compared with virgin, while the package’s carbon footprint is reduced by 57%.
Method produces eco-friendly household, fabric and personal care products, and will open the manufacturing facility in the Pullman Park neighbourhood in south Chicago.