Healthcare giant looks to replace plastic packaging for household brands

Aspirin. Bayer.

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.


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.”