15 Februar 2016

Pharmapack 2016: green pharmaceutical packaging

Eco-friendly sugarcane as a substitute for PE and PET

Düsseldorf/Paris, February 9, 2016 – Gerresheimer’s first eco-friendly plastic containers for pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications is branded BioPack. It makes an excellent substitute for traditional PE and PET because it has the same properties, yet it is completely recyclable.

“By using biomaterials our customers contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, thereby protecting the environment and avoiding unnecessary waste,” said Niels Düring, Global Executive Vice President Plastic Packaging.

Green PE or PET made from sugarcane

Sugarcane is one of the substances used to make biomaterials You take the ethanol from the sugarcane plant and then put it through a dehydration process to transform it into green ethylene. Afterwards the green ethylene goes to the polymerization plants, where it is converted into green polyethylene/PET.


Biopack by Gerresheimer is made of sugarcane and it’s a renewable alternative to conventional PE and PET.

Gerresheimer‘s Biopack can be used as a packaging for both liquid and solid pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. It has exactly the same characteristics as Gerresheimer’s classic PE and PET products, which makes it suitable as a material for the entire Gerresheimer portfolio of plastic containers. There is no need to change existing filling and packaging lines and does not require new invewstments.


Biomaterials is suitable for the Gerresheimer portfolio of plastic containers.

Interested Pharmapack visitors can find Gerresheimer at Stand 801 & 802 in Hall 5.2, near the main entrance.


About Gerresheimer

Gerresheimer is a leading global partner to the pharma and healthcare industries. The company’s special glass and plastic products contribute to health and well-being. Gerresheimer is a global organization with 11,000 employees and manufacturing operations in the local markets, close to customers. It has over 40 production facilities in Europe, North and South America and Asia generating revenue in excess of EUR 1.3 billion. The comprehensive product portfolio includes pharmaceutical packaging products as well as convenient and safe drug delivery systems such as insulin pens, inhalers, pre-fillable syringes, vials, ampoules, bottles and containers for liquid and solid pharmaceuticals with closure and safety systems, plus cosmetic packaging products.

Source: Gerresheimer, press release, 2016-02-09.


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