Envision Plastics announced today that it has fully ramped up production of its EcoPrime food grade recycled resin at its Reidsville, North Carolina plant. EcoPrime is the only recycled HDPE plastic resin available in the U.S. to be cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in packaging foods and beverages.
“We have had the technology to produce EcoPrime for some years now,” says Envision’s vice president of sales, Tamsin Ettefagh. “But it has only been recently that demand from consumer products companies has really started to increase. The growing emphasis on sustainability and environmental responsibility has motivated many companies to look at using recycled resins in applications where they would not have before, like food and beverage packaging. With a 67 percent reduction in CO2/Greenhouse Gas emissions over prime resin, EcoPrime enables our customers to reduce their carbon footprint.”
Made from post-consumer HDPE
EcoPrime is produced from curbside collected HDPE (#2) bottles. The bottles are subjected to proprietary and patented cleaning process that not only cleans the plastic but removes anything that could have been absorbed by the plastic as well, making it the cleanest and purest recycled HDPE resin available.
“We will produce up to 18 million pounds of EcoPrime this year at our Reidsville, N.C., plant, now that full production scale has been achieved,” says COO Scott Booth. “EcoPrime is now being used in packaging for nutritional supplements, beverages, food storage containers and some personal care products.”
Since acceptance of EcoPrime for food and beverage packaging is growing, Envision is already planning a capacity expansion for an additional 18 million pounds at its Chino, Calif., plant in late 2011 to keep up with overwhelming demand. “We are excited to be able to help our customers with new and innovative products,” said Booth. “This will make food and beverage packaging more environmentally friendly while helping us keep bottles out of landfills.”