TotalEnergies will provide Berry Global with certified circular polymers, made from the recycling of post-consumer plastic waste, for use in its packaging


Berry Global to use recycled plastic from TotalEnergies. (Credit: pasja1000 from Pixabay.)

US-based plastic packaging solutions provider Berry Global has partnered with petroleum refiner TotalEnergies to make food packaging more sustainable and divert waste from landfills.

Under the collaboration, TotalEnergies will provide Berry Global with certified circular polymers made from the recycling of post-consumer plastic waste.

The partnership will help reduce the plastic waste that is otherwise hard-to-recycle and enable Berry Global to use more recycled plastic in its packaging.

Berry said that it is committed to partnering across the plastics value chain to provide more recycled content to its customers, helping them meet their sustainability goals.

In partnership with TotalEnergies, the packaging firm aims to widen its access to ISCC PLUS-certified advanced recycled materials to European-based customers.

Berry international consumer packaging president Jean-Marc Galvez said: “Customers turn to Berry Global to help enable and execute against their growing sustainability goals.

“Through our collaborations with suppliers like TotalEnergies, we aim to provide customers with premier access to these in-demand sustainable resins like those we see with advanced recycling technologies serving the European region.

“Combined with Berry’s expertise in designing for circularity and breadth in manufacturing capabilities, this announcement demonstrates commitment to our long-term sustainability strategy, supporting our customers wherever they are in their journey.”

TotalEnergies has been processing circular feedstock at its steam cracker in Antwerp, Belgium to provide polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene as certified material from advanced recycling.

Its certified circular polymers are said to have virgin-like properties and can be used in high-end, demanding applications.

The company is expected to process feedstock from hard-to-recycle plastic waste at its advanced recycling plant, to be built in Grandpuits, France, starting from 2023.

According to Berry, TotalEnergies Certified Circular Polymers follow the ISCC PLUS certification scheme for custody and traceability, from feedstock to final product.

TotalEnergies polymers senior vice president Valérie Goff said: “This collaboration with our long-time partner Berry Global demonstrates the willingness of the supply chain to make packaging more circular and sustainable, especially for demanding food contact applications where no other circularity solution exists.”