US-based plastic packaging manufacturer Berry Global, in partnership with German coffee producer Tchibo and its feedstock supplier Neste, has developed a sustainable coffee capsule for the Qbo brand.

The capsule features polypropylene (PP) made from bio-based renewable raw materials such as waste and residue oils, as well as fats such as used cooking oils.

The introduction of the capsule is part of Tchibo’s effort to enhance the sustainability of its existing Qbo coffee capsules.

Berry Global said that the renewable solution delivers similar quality and properties as conventional coffee capsules while improving sustainability.

A life cycle evaluation by the Technical University of Berlin revealed that the new Qbo capsule material reduced carbon dioxide emissions by around 35%.

In addition, the feedstock can be easily introduced without changing existing production lines.

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Tchibo capsule and innovation development manager Marius-Konstantin Wiche said: “We are pleased to offer Qbo capsules made of PP, now produced from 70% renewable raw materials.

“This makes the entire Qbo range – containing sustainably grown Qbo coffee brewed in Qbo machines – one of the most sustainable capsule systems on the market.”

The introduction of the capsules is in line with Berry’s commitment to achieving 30% circular plastics use across its fast-moving consumer goods packaging by 2030.

Berry international division consumer packaging president Jean-Marc Galvez said: “Delivering the infrastructure and manufacturing capabilities to design products for circularity is one of our core competencies.

“I am incredibly proud of this partnership and its commitment to demonstrate the potential of renewable raw materials to lower the environmental impact of capsules.”

Last month, Berry Global launched Nova bottles, a range of hot fill sauce bottles made from clear PP.

The bottles are manufactured with co-extrusion blow moulding technology and designed to be suitable for both top-down and upright use.