Packaging firm uses 800t of recycled plastic through Blockchain initiative

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Packaging producer Klöckner Pentaplast has revealed that it used more than 800 tonnes of recycled PET last year through a high-tech partnership with a Blockchain-platform provider.

The London-based plastics manufacturer said it reused the equivalent of 14 million bottles through the link-up with Keep Sea Blue.

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The recovery body uses a Blockhain system powered by Oracle to connect key parties in the plastics value chain and prevent waste material ending up in the Mediterranean Sea.

Klöckner Pentaplast managing director for rigid packaging Hendrik Bartels said: “We are delighted to work with Keep Sea Blue in the quest for a more robust circular economy in plastics.

“Our seas and oceans are extremely vulnerable, and plastic waste should never end up in marine environments. That’s why we’re so proud of our achievement, putting bottles and trays back into our packaging materials that could have otherwise ended up in the sea or in the coastal environment.”

The platform allows Klöckner to carry out rigorous quality checks and verify key details of the material.

“What Keep Sea Blue does is ingenious, creating a closely monitored network to collect, sort and process plastics across the Greek islands in the Mediterranean Sea,” said Bartels.

“This raw material is then used to create the quality range of food packaging solutions that Klöckner Pentaplast is known for. What sets this apart is the transparency of the system, which is essential in the food packaging industry.”

He added: “We look forward to collaborating further with Keep Sea Blue and our customers, protecting our ocean and marine environments, and helping our customers to access environmentally responsible food packaging solutions.”