Healthcare giant looks to replace plastic packaging for household brands

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Two German companies are working together to develop fibre-based containers for a range of household pharmaceutical products.

Healthcare producer Bayer teamed up with packaging firm Papacks for the mission to create more sustainable solutions for brands such as Aspirin, Bepanthen and Claritin.

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The collaboration aims to develop biodegradable, pulp-based packaging using materials derived from renewable sources and a plant-based coating.

Bayer has pledged to ensure all the packaging used in its self-care range contribute to the circular economy and are recycle-ready or reusable by 2030.

Jesse DelGigante, director of global packaging innovation at Bayer’s Consumer Health division, said: “Reducing plastic utilisation is one of the greatest challenges of our industry, so we’re proud to join forces with Papacks to accelerate progress towards using eco-friendly, renewable sources for our packaging.

“This collaboration is a strong step forward in our sustainable packaging journey.”

Papacks chief executive Tahsin Dag added: “We’re looking forward to the challenge of combining our unique pulp technology with plant-based coating with the rigorous standards mandated by regulatory agencies for over-the-counter medicines.

“We expect this collaboration to help redefine packaging standards for the industry.”