EcoBlue’s 3D Pure rPET gets LNO from US FDA

Recycled rPET for food packaging with use conditions

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EcoBlue's recycled PET range includes high IV rPET, which is suitable for PET Bottle application and Amorphous rPET under specified use conditions Photo Shutterstock via EcoBlue marketing
EcoBlue's recycled PET range includes high IV rPET, which is suitable for PET Bottle application and Amorphous rPET under specified use conditions Photo Shutterstock via EcoBlue marketing

EcoBlue’s 3D Pure rPET range has received the US Food & Administration Agency’s Letter of No Objection. The range includes high IV rPET, which is suitable for PET Bottle application and Amorphous rPET, suitable for PET film and polyester filament applications. EcoBlue is a Thailand based recycling company that has developed unique capabilities to produce high-quality rPET & rPP from post-consumer and industrial waste, providing a sustainable substitute to virgin resin.

The LNO has been given for the following use conditions. Firstly, for 3D Pure Bottle Grade rPET (High IV) which can be used at levels up to 100% recycled content in the manufacture of articles for contact with all food types under Conditions of Use (COU) B through H. Secondly, 3D Pure Regular rPET (Amorphous) which can be used at levels up to 100% recycled content in the manufacture of articles for contact with all food types under Conditions of Use (COU) C through G.

EcoBlue the first recycling company in Thailand with US FDA approval. 3D Pure rPET is a solution for use in consumer product packaging and apparel companies to meet their sustainability goals. EcoBlue’s 3D Pure rPET has been produced using a breakthrough three-dimensional filtration technology to provide purity similar to virgin polymer. This yields superior quality rPET, which is suitable for applications that traditionally use virgin resin.

EcoBlue's rPet films Photo EcoBlue
EcoBlue’s rPet films Photo EcoBlue

EcoBlue’s 3D Pure rPET is also GRS certified as being made of 100% post-consumer PET material. This is EcoBlue’s commitment towards sustainability by providing high-quality rPET that can replace virgin PET and ensuring that it is produced in safe and equitable working conditions with no harmful impact of production on people and the environment.

Condition of Use:

A. High-temperature heat-sterilized (e.g., over 212 deg.F). B. Boiling water sterilized.
C. Hot filled or pasteurized above 150 deg.F.
D. Hot filled or pasteurized below 150 deg.F.
E. Room temperature filled and stored (no thermal treatment in the container).
F. Refrigerated storage (no thermal treatment in the container).
G. Frozen storage (no thermal treatment in the container). H. Frozen or refrigerated storage: Ready-prepared foods intended to be reheated in a container at the time of use: 1. Aqueous or oil-in-water emulsion of high- or low-fat; and, 2. Aqueous, high- or low-free oil or fat.
I. Irradiation
J. Cooking at temperatures exceeding 250 deg.F.

EcoBlue also works towards the Circularity of Resources by bringing in difficult to recycle materials like films and laminates in the recycling stream. This enables materials that would have otherwise ended up in landfills to get a second life and reduce their impact on the environment.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

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