Following an independent, third-party analysis, three of our pump + bottle solutions have received a “Made for Recycling” seal of approval.
Boosting recycling rates, along with reduced landfilling, are key components in the successful transition to a circular economy. With the most recent recyclability certification of three of our pump + bottle combinations, we take another step toward sustainability and circularity with our products. By integrating end-of-life considerations into the product design phase, we support resource conservation and help keep valuable materials in the economy longer.
Designed to provide accurate and reliable dosing of alcohol-based sanitizers, soaps and lotions for the medical industry and beyond, the three certified pump + bottle combinations include our X38 II vented pump + HDPE bottle, X38 II non-vented pump + HDPE bottle, and our X38 FCB 0.8ml non-vented pump + LDPE bottle. These pumps join our DHP – disposable hygiene pump – and its hygienic packaging in achieving the Made for Recycling seal of approval from Interseroh. In the context of recyclability testing, the seal of approval is awarded only to products that receive 18 or higher out of a possible 20 points.
INTERSEROH Dienstleistungs GmbH is a European-based waste management company, which uses a comprehensive, scientific-based assessment to determine the recyclability of a packaging product. Assessment criteria were developed and tested by the bifa Environmental Institution and the Fraunhofer Institution for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV) – two highly respected German institutions. Within the assessment, after-life scenarios for packaging are evaluated at each stage: collection, sorting, and recycling. Packaging that score high on the recyclability assessment have a higher likelihood of being successfully sorted to the correct collection system by the end-user, and of ultimately being recycled into high-quality post-consumer recycled materials. These materials can then be manufactured into new products, thus closing the material loop and reducing reliance on the extraction of raw, primary resources.
In addition to designing products that are made for recycling, we are also working to integrate post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials into our products. Using PCR materials helps to divert valuable materials from ending up in landfills, and they are widely regarded as having a reduced environmental footprint when compared to primary resources.