Uniquely, the bottles incorporate olypropylene handles that are inserted into the mold, and the container is stretch-blown around it.
Plastic Engineering Technologies has been working in conjunction with Langer Juice on developing the offset-necked PET bottles with automatically attached handles for more than a year. The empty containers weigh 105 g, and the PP handles weigh 20 g. The new lighter-weight, recyclable packaging is designed to increase Langer’s offerings of lightweight, eco-friendly bottles.
Langer vp Bruce Langer notes, “We are very excited about how environmentally friendly this package is. Not only is it 100% recyclable, but it is approximately 20% lighter in weight compared to the five 20-oz bottles that would hold the equivalent amount of juice.”
The juice jugs are hot-filled at 185º F, using filling equipment manufactured by KHS, Inc. (www.khs-inc.com).
Consistent with Langer Juice’s packaging sustainability efforts, the company minimizes label material usage and employs soy-based inks to print its labels and boxes.