With EcoLine, Gerresheimer shows at Pharmapack in Paris and at CPhI Worldwide in Milan how you can develop packaging solutions that are designed to be sustainable from the start. Material, weight, volume and recyclability play an important role in this. The company will present EcoLine at Pharmapack in Paris in October and at CphI Worldwide in Milan in November.
“More and more consumers are paying attention to environmentally friendly products and
to the fact that they are packaged in an environmentally friendly way or at least in an
environmentally compatible way. I think that’s good, and I do the same myself,” says Niels
Düring, global executive vice president primary packaging plastic. “This is also confirmed
by our customers who are looking for a packaging solution for their pharmaceutical
product in which the contents can be used and stored safely. Our EcoLine concept helps
them find a solution that optimally combines quality and sustainability by ensuring tight
and light solutions.”
The Gerresheimer EcoLine concept includes the criteria of weight, volume, material and
recyclability. It can be applied to all existing Gerresheimer product families such as Duma,
Triveni and to the dropper bottles as well as to the PET bottles.
How heavy does the individual packaging have to be to provide optimum protection for the
contents? A lower tare weight saves transport and energy costs and consequently reduces
What volumes are really required? The container should be sized to hold its contents but
have as little void space as possible. This also has a direct influence on the material
consumption, transport and storage costs for a product.
Which plastic material can be used? Due to the overall increase in environmental
awareness, consumers pay more attention today to environmentally friendly packaging. Where feasible, resource-saving or recycled materials should be used. Gerresheimer offers both possibilities.
Recyclability begins with material selection. The materials and natural resources that
Gerresheimer uses in its production can be recycled. Likewise, Gerresheimer produces
plastic containers from recycled materials. For example, PET bottles, which can be made
from up to 100% recycled plastic. With BioPack, Gerresheimer offers a plastic made from sugar cane, a renewable raw material.