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August 27, 2021

Emmi develops recycled coffee cups with Borealis and Greiner Packaging

The development is in line with Emmi’s aim to make all its packaging fully recyclable.

Swiss dairy company Emmi has partnered with Borealis and Greiner Packaging to develop chemically recycled polypropylene (PP) cups for its ready-to-drink iced coffee.

Greiner Packaging has used chemically recycled material supplied by Borealis to produce the cups for Emmi’s Caffè Latte product.

From next month, Emmi will use around 100t of recycled plastic materials in its Caffè Latte packaging a year.

This amount will be increased in future depending on the availability of suitable materials.

Emmi sustainable packaging head Bendicht Zaugg said: “It takes joint efforts by food and packaging manufacturers to reduce waste and make measurable progress in the circular economy.”

Borealis consumer products marketing head Trevor Davis said: “The chemically recycled polypropylene used in this new Emmi Caffè Latte cup is manufactured with Borealis portfolio of transformational chemical recycling solutions, giving polyolefin-based, post-consumer waste another life.

“It offers all-round benefits, enabling the transition to a circular polyolefin industry whilst creating virgin quality plastic products.

“By staying true to our ambition of accelerating action on circularity, together with our valuable partners along the whole value chain such as Emmi and Greiner Packaging, we are reinventing for a more sustainable living.”

Recycled material used for the Emmi Caffè Latte cup is fully accredited by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC).

The PP recovery technology is still emerging, with limited quantities of chemically recycled PP currently available.

Greiner Packaging key account manager Vincenzo Crescenza said: “We have had a long and rewarding partnership with both Emmi and Borealis.

“This achievement is in line with our stated goal to work towards achieving a circular economy.

“Our strategy is to develop innovative products, develop new service partnerships and business models and pioneer materials partnerships.”

Emmi is committed to making all its packaging fully recyclable and promoting circularity, including using at least 30% recycled content for its packaging, by 2027.

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