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TotalEnergies and Bericap create 50% PCR lubricant closure

by | Apr 10, 2024

Through an excellent partnership, TotalEnergies Lubrifiants and Bericap have manufactured a closure of 20-litre lubricant packaging, which contains 50% post-consumer recycled plastic. This new design was completed by the companies, in order to reduce the amount of virgin plastic being used for the packaging of this particular product.

The raw material is sourced by Bericap, who get it from TotalEnergies range of circular polymers. The material is rPE57525 and it portrays an incredibly similar performance to virgin materials. It shows this similarity through the application of a ‘high-performing’ booster, which enables it to mechanically recycle polyethylene.

Once this primary process is complete, the material is then processed and formed into can closures, making it suitable for use on 20-litre premium lubricant cans which are manufactured in France and Belgium. TotalEnergies’ plan with this process is to gradually integrate the recycled closures into its lubricant ranges, with the intention of lowering its virgin plastics usage.

Currently this process aligns with DIN 60 standards which applies to lubricants, however the companies involved in this project are aiming to transition from alignment with these standards to being assessed by DIN 60 ECO. They are interested in doing this, as it will mean the project sees a weight savings of 25% and making this switch will enable the companies to achieve their goal of manufacturing a product which aligns with both of their circularity-minded strategies and commitments.

This manufacturing development will be the second step forwards that TotalEnergies has taken in their lubricant product range. Last year the company made the announcement that their platinum-coloured bottles, that are available from their European premium lubricant range, are manufactured out of 50% post-consumer recycled HDPE. The material used to create this product was sourced from the company’s polymer range.

Business development director Industrial at BERICAP, Carsten Pfromm, commented, “At BERICAP we are committed to a long-term strategy of contributing to a circular economy by developing user-friendly, resource-conserving and recyclable closures. For that reason we are more than happy to collaborate with partners such as TotalEnergies Lubrifiants. The new DIN 60 closure for the 20-liter packaging is another example of weight reduction without sacrificing quality or user-friendliness. 25% less weight and the use of PCR makes a significant contribution to the reduction of our carbon footprint and the advancement of closed-loop material cycles. We can also offer other closures such as DIN 45 and 51 in PCR.”

Global packaging manager at TotalEnergies Lubrifiants, Emir Cetin, added, Our collaboration with BERICAP on this range of 20-liter packaging closures demonstrates our shared commitment to circular economy. We are excited to begin using these new closures made with 50% recycled plastic. This initiative will set a new standard for sustainability in the lubricant packaging cap industry.”

TotalEnergies vice president, Olivier Greiner, concluded, “We are committed to helping our partners achieve their sustainability goals and to addressing the challenge of end-of-life plastics,” added. “This development responds to the growing demand for more innovative and sustainable plastics and fully contributes to our ambition to reach one million tons of circular polymers a year by 2030.”

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