Tea capsules made using Sabic’s certified circular polypropylene

Closing the loop & creating circular economy

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The tea capsules are made specifically for the new Avoury One tea machine launched in late 2019, enabling the consumer to make a premium cup of tea with just the click of a button. Photo - Sabic

Avoury, the new brand launched by German company Melitta Single Portions, is working with Sabic’s Trucircle portfolio of solutions and services to create its pioneering new premium organic tea capsules, made from certified circular polypropylene (PP) that uses feedstock made from used plastic. The launch represented an innovative use of recycled, transparent plastic tea capsules in the industry, representing an exciting step towards a more sustainable future with easier products to recycle and that help create a circular economy for plastics.

Avoury was one of the first companies to adopt Sabic’s pioneering Trucircle solution for certified circular PP – Sabic Qrystal copolymer, which creates the capsules from post-consumer recycled material. The capsules are made specifically for the new Avoury One tea machine launched in late 2019, enabling the consumer to make a premium cup of tea with just the click of a button. The transparent tea capsules take the consumer experience one step further, allowing them to taste the high-quality tea and see it inside the capsule.


Holger Feldmann, chief executive officer at Melitta Single Portions, said, “We naturally want to ensure an exceptional tea experience and we want to prove that it is possible for resources to be used responsibly. With Avoury tea capsules we can prove both.”

Sabic’s Trucircle portfolio and services is a considerable milestone on the journey towards closing the loop and creating a circular economy for plastics. It showcases Sabic’s circular innovations and can help manufacturers reduce plastic waste by using sustainable materials. The Trucircle portfolio spans design for recyclability, mechanically recycled products, certified circular products from feedstock recycling of used plastic, and certified renewables products from bio-based feedstock.


Mark Vester, Circular Economy leader at Sabic, said, “Avoury tea capsules are a great example of collaboration and innovation between Sabic and Melitta Single Portions to create the world’s first tea capsules made using our Trucircle circular solutions. At Sabic, we are committed to delivering sustainable solutions for our customers and are closer than ever to closing the loop on used plastic.”

According to the press statement, Sabic’s Trucircle solution for certified circular Sabic Qrystal copolymer, used for this new packaging that can be recycled, contributes towards the development of a circular economy. It also helps create a transparent, aesthetically pleasing, lightweight design that preserves the tea leaves’ quality while supporting to address food safety regulations required for food and beverage products. The packaging is heat resistant to protect the tea leaves while enabling the tea to freely develop its flavors and nuances at the click of a button.

Since the launch in late 2019, Sabic’s Trucircle portfolio has received unprecedented demand from businesses from a wide range of industries looking for commercially viable solutions and more considerate of our environment to work towards a circular, transparent and sustainable economy for plastics.

Sabic is a global leader in diversified chemicals headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The company manufactures globally in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific, making distinctly different kinds of products such as chemicals, commodity and high-performance plastics, agri-nutrients, and metals.

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