Carbon-Free-Black is beautiful
SENSOPLAST® black closure systems are also among the most popular colour options in packaging for the pharmaceutical, cosmoceutical, food, CBD and cosmetics industries. Advantages are the elegant appearance, the affordable price as well as the pharmaceutical and food certification. However, many of our customers do not know that „black“ has been the “black sheep” among products in terms of plastic recycling.
A large part of black plastic packaging is coloured with carbon-based pigments and thus cannot be reliably identified as recyclable material in the fully automated recycling plants when sorting plastics. Using so-called near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR), it is not possible to assign black plastic packaging to a recycling material group and then transfer it to a corresponding recycling line.
The carbon acts here like an impenetrable wall that does not allow the rapid analysis of infrared technology. The polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE) or thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) that is not recognised as valuable in this way is thus not returned to the recycling loop. The wasted recycling potential is therefore enormous. At SENSOPLAST®, however, we are now able to return up to 500 tons of valuable raw materials to the value-added chain every year - thanks to our newly developed CARBON-FREE closure systems. Necessary requirement is, that it flows into the system of glass recycling or is part of the collection of recyclable materials from households to the recycling factories.
This not only opens up opportunities for us to significantly reduce our carbon footprint; we offer the filler of liquids and also the patient and consumer an environmentally conscious and sustainable packaging alternative that has not existed in our industry in this way before.
„The advantages are clear: with the new CARBON-FREE-BLACK, we have succeeded in launching a disadvantage-free black variant in plastic primary packaging that adapts to the requirements of the circular economy, thus optimising the automated recycling process and minimising negative environmental impacts.“
Thorsten Schäfer, Head of Plastic Processing, SENSOPLAST® Packmitteltechnik GmbH
At the upcoming trade fair, CPhI 2022 in Frankfurt, we will present our latest CARBON-FREE-BLACK samples to the public for the first time.
If you are already interested in our innovative black closure systems made of CARBON-FREE-Black, please do not hesitate and request your alternative samples from us: