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With its expertise from the Bottles & Shapes consultancy program, the KHS group supported share in the design and development of PET bottles. (Photo: share / Victor Strasse)
With its expertise from the Bottles & Shapes consultancy program, the KHS group supported share in the design and development of PET bottles. (Photo: share / Victor Strasse)

The German manufacturer of filling and packaging equipment for the beverage, food, and non-food sectors KHS group, recently collaborated with share, a Berlin startup to develop PET bottles made of 100% recyclate. By now, the product has been on sale in Germany’s supermarket chain REWE and drug store dm.

As introduced, share aims at filling water into about a million bottles a month made entirely of recycled PET in 2019, saving over 200 metric tons of plastic waste a year.

According Iris Braun, head of Product and Social Projects at share, it took a long time for the original idea to be implemented. "Finalizing the technology and obtaining certification are both lengthy processes. Your partners are thus crucial."

Besides the two aforementioned retailers, share's other partners are bottler Mineralbrunnen Allgäuer Alpenwasser and preform manufacturer Plastipack. KHS Corpoplast is also largely active in the implementation of the project.

With its experience drawn from over 4,000 designed bottles in the Bottles & Shapes consultancy program, the KHS group supported share by helping to design and develop the bottle in a very short time.

"We implemented the development very quickly and worked on a suitable design together," said Marc Eysel, who is responsible for sales in Northern Europe at KHS Corpoplast."Manufacture is actually simpler as the material's darker color makes the preforms easier to heat than PET bottles made of virgin material.”

Besides providing advice on the bottle design KHS also helps with production. Using KHS technology, share's still and carbonated water is bottled at the Allgäuer Alpenwasser bottling plant in Oberstaufen. The bottles are blown on an InnoPET Blomax stretch blow molder, with no special adaptations to the system necessary, according to Eysel.

Following the market launch of the recyclate bottle, the interest is now also growing among other beverage producers. "A number of bottlers wishing to increase the amount of recycled PET they use have now contacted us," claimed Eysel.

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