To help advance its commitment of achieving 100 per cent packaging that can be recycled, repurposed, or reused, McCormick has collaborated with packaging and plastics company Berry Global to create 100 per cent recycled plastic food colour bottles.
The collaboration leverages Berry’s expertise and access to mechanically recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET), so the new McCormick Assorted and Neon Food Colour bottles will be made from 100 per cent post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic.
McCormick and Berry have both set 2025 sustainable packaging goals and science-based emissions reduction targets aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C in support of the global goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
By shifting to a bottle made from 100 per cent PCR plastic, McCormick said it is increasing the circularity of its packaging while reducing associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
“Deadlines for achieving sustainability goals are fast approaching, and brands want partners who can provide effective, impactful ways to reach those commitments quickly. Berry’s sustainability expertise, coupled with access to recycled content, provides the ability to commercialise sustainable packaging solutions with a lower carbon footprint,” Berry Global vice-president of sustainability Robert Flores said.
A lifecycle assessment estimates McCormick will realise a reduction of 86.8 metric tons of CO2 emissions with the new PCR bottle in comparison to the same bottle made from virgin material. This amounts to a 59 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions.
“By collaborating with key suppliers like Berry, we gain access to valuable recycled content. This 100 per cent PCR bottle furthers our journey towards our emission reduction goal through packaging,” McCormick chief sustainability officer Michael Okoroafor said.