Mono-material tube: good for the environment and good looking
Spanish tubemaker CTL-TH Packaging is now offering a PP mono-material tube made of more than 50 per cent post-consumer recycled (PCR) PP for the tube body, head and cap. This new tube is completely recyclable. It returns used plastics to the material loop in the form of FDA-compliant PCR material and it also uses less material because the design of the body and cap reduce the plastic material content by 8.5 per cent compared to conventional tubes with a diameter of 50 mm and a volume of 200 ml. The tube and cap are black. The dye does not affect near infrared detection, which means sorting and recycling can be carried out automatically. The tube is manufactured using the company's patented Easy Supply Tube technology, which uses digital offset printing. This is cleaner and safer than traditional printing techniques. Beside reducing manufacturing losses, the IML technology conceals the imperfections that might occur in PCR material from time to time.