German start-up Share has collaborated with KHS to launch a new line of water, packaged in 100% recycled PET (rPET) bottles.
Share’s still and carbonated water is bottled at the Allgäuer Alpenwasser plant in Oberstaufen, Germany, using KHS technology. The bottles are blown on an InnoPET Blomax stretch blow moulder.
Next year, Berlin-based Share plans to fill water into about 1 million bottles per month made of rPET, a move which will save “over 200 metric tons of plastic waste a year”, according to the company. Its water is now on sale in German retailer Rewe.
Iris Braun, head of product and social projects at Share, said: “It took a long time for the original idea to be implemented. Finalising the technology and obtaining certification are both lengthy processes. Your partners are thus crucial.”
KHS supported the start-up in several ways, including in the development of the recyclate bottle design, said Marc Eysel, who is responsible for sales in Northern Europe at KHS Corpoplast.
“We implemented the development very quickly and worked on a suitable design together,” he said.
“Manufacture is actually simpler as the material’s darker colour makes the preforms easier to heat than PET bottles made of virgin material.”
He added: “The protection of the environment also plays an important role at KHS. We support this by providing resource-saving plant engineering and also by developing sustainable PET bottles.”