Repsol to supply Berry circular polyolefins

Repsol’s polyolefins, obtained through advanced recycling methods, will help Berry to procure food-grade polypropylene packaging.

December 18, 2020

Berry Global Group, Evansville, Indiana, has announced that Madrid-based Repsol, its longtime supplier, will supply it with circular resins. The Spanish multienergy global company will supply Berry with International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) Plus-certified circular polyolefins from its Repsol Reciclex range. According to a news release from Berry Global, these polyolefins are obtained by advanced recycling, enabled by the adoption of new chemical recycling technologies, of postconsumer plastic scrap not suitable for traditional recycling.

As a result of the agreement, Berry says it will procure food-grade polypropylene (PP) for food and health care packaging. The packaging company will initially use the materials in manufacturing at its European packaging facilities.

Berry reports that Repsol has certified all its petrochemical complexes to produce circular polyolefins under the ISCC Plus certification, which guarantees the traceability of the plastic scrap used at the source. At the same time, Repsol applies the latest technology to ensure the circular polyolefins have the same quality as virgin polyolefins. Additionally, Berry and Repsol deem advanced recycling “as complementary to traditional mechanical recycling and as a critical component of their respective circular economy strategies.”

“We continue to utilize new and innovative methods to create more environmentally sustainable packaging and are proud to partner with like-minded suppliers in these efforts,” says Jean-Marc Galvez, president of Berry’s Consumer Packaging International division. “By recovering and diverting plastic that would have otherwise been sent to landfill or incineration, we are working towards our common goal of promoting a circular economy.”

“At Repsol, we are continuously working on different alternatives to offer our clients materials with recycled content that meet the different demands for their specific markets, especially those for high added value applications. With this recent alliance with Berry, we also reinforce our ambition to recycle the equivalent of 20 percent of our polyolefins production,” says Rafael Jiménez, Polyolefins Business Unit director at Repsol.

Berry reports that it is ahead of schedule for its Impact 2025 sustainability strategy. The company has set a goal of incorporating 10 percent recycled content across its fast-moving consumer goods packaging. Repsol has also set a target to become a net zero company by 2050 and has had a circular economy strategy since 2016 that has been applied throughout its entire value chain.