Rigid plastic containers
Product examples: beverages, supplements, personal care products.
Common materials: PET, HDPE, PP.
-PET and HDPE bottles: Widely recycled with strong end markets. Be sure to educate consumers on end-of-life.
-PET, HDPE and PP non-bottles: Only recyclable in some municipalities, lacking strong end-markets.
Compostable: Some bio-based compostable materials exist.
Challenges to consider:
-To increase recyclability, use a label material that is compatible with the container material. For example, use a HDPE or PP label for HDPE containers.
-Multiple material components in a single format can make sorting and selling recycled material difficult for recyclers.
-Make sure to communicate how to recycle your packaging to the consumer. Learn more about the How2Recycle label here.
-Use up to 100% PCR plastic.
-Use bio-based plastics.
-Some bio-based compostable options are available.