US-based industrial and consumer packaging provider Sonoco has developed plant-based plastic bottles for Ecover’s new home care line.

The new extrusion blow-molded bottles have been developed using Ecover’s Plantplastic, which is a proprietary blend of bio-sourced high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and post-consumer recycled (PCR) resin.

Ecover’s Plantplastic is produced using plant-based feedstock and recycled resin collected from municipal curbside programmes across the US and is said to use almost 90% less energy and emit 75% less greenhouse gas than petroleum-based virgin resin.

It is also recyclable in most curbside recycling programmes.

Sonoco blow-molding vice-president Jeff DiPasquale said: "Sonoco is proud to partner with Ecover to become the brand’s HDPE bottle provider in North America, collaborating to produce a fresh new line of bottles.

"Our material and technical expertise, responsiveness and customer focus created a perfect match between Sonoco and Ecover."

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Ecover has launched its popular green brand in North America after joining Method in 2012. The new look is a celebration of the company’s 35th birthday.

"We also required responsive service and a near-site manufacturing facility to minimise lead times and environmental impact."

Ecover North America procurement director Andrew Moreno said: "As a leader in the green cleaning space, Ecover sought a packaging partner who could collaborate on sustainable packaging solutions and meet an aggressive commercialisation timeline.

"We also required responsive service and a near-site manufacturing facility to minimise lead times and environmental impact.

"Sonoco has the ability to provide all of this and perfectly meets our needs.

"We feel this new line of packaging will help Ecover reach more consumers while continuing to be deeply rooted in nature-based science."

Image: Ecover’s new home care line has been packaged by Sonoco. Photo: courtesy of Sonoco.