Neste and Jokey, a Germany-based, family-owned international manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging, are to collaborate on the development of rigid packaging from sustainable materials for food and non-food applications.
The packaging will be based on Neste’s drop-in hydrocarbons produced from renewable and recycled raw materials.
Neste has developed Neste RE, a feedstock composed of a bio-based component primarily produced from waste and residue oils and fats, such as used cooking oil, and a recycled component. According to the company, only sustainably-produced renewable raw materials are accepted. The recycled component of Neste RE consists of chemically-recycled plastic waste.
The feedstock is a drop-in replacement for fossil feedstock that is suitable for existing production infrastructures from which plastics are produced with properties identical to conventionally produced plastic.
Jokey produces rigid plastic packaging, such as buckets, boxes and trays, which are up to 100% recyclable.
Together, by promoting the use of more sustainable materials in packaging, the two companies aim to support brand owners using rigid plastic packaging to meet their materials-related sustainability targets.
“We see a great match between Neste’s and Jokey’s solid commitments to sustainability,” said Mercedes Alonso, executive vice president, Renewable Polymers and Chemicals at Neste.
Jokey has long designed its packaging in accordance with the criteria for Eco Design, which dictate that packaging should offer the highest possible functionality and the smallest possible impact on the environment.
So: “Our packaging is already designed to meet the requirements of a circular economy,” said Michael Schmidt, Chief Procurement Officer at Jokey.
Partnering with Neste is a further step in the direction of circularity.
“With the Jokey Eco Concept 2.0, we are setting ourselves a sustainable development guideline,” Schmidt said.