Wine bottle closures made from recycled ocean plastic
The new closures are the result of a partnership between Guala Closures and Oceanworks.
Italy-based packaging supplier Guala Closures Group has partnered with plastics recycler Oceanworks to develop a range of closures made from recovered ocean plastics for use in wine bottles and other spirits.
According to the arrangement, Los Angeles-based Oceanworks will supply 100 per cent recycled polymers to Guala Closures, which will be used to develop closures for bottles for its wine and spirits range.
Guala Closures will initially use these polymers in the production of its T-bar models for spirits included in the recently launched “Blossom” range, and more models will be introduced soon. The caps produced with 100 per cent recycled Oceanworks polymers are designed following the “design to change” model of the company’s recently published eco-design guidelines.
“This important agreement strengthens the Group’s commitment toward more sustainable solutions, making our closures part of the future circular economy,” said Fulvio Bosano, Guala Closures’ research and development director. “It is a significant step in Guala Closures’ objective to use 35% of recycled materials in our products by 2025. The success of our sustainability strategy depends on both strong internal research and partnerships with key players such as Oceanworks.”
Oceanworks is a digital marketplace that streamlines the sourcing of verified recycled material collected from coastal ecosystems where it is at significant risk of ending-up in the ocean. Oceanworks network collects millions of pounds of ocean plastic annually.