There are tens of millions of causes to smile about an Australian world-first that transforms one of the extensively used types of plastic packaging to make it recyclable.
After 5 years of analysis and growth Colgate says it has developed a first-of-its-kind plastic recyclable toothpaste tube in a bid to cut back the 50 million tubes that find yourself in landfill yearly – sufficient to stretch twice throughout Australia.
Simon Petersen, Normal Supervisor of Colgate-Palmolive South Pacific, says it has been tough to develop as a result of most toothpaste tubes are created from sheets of plastic laminate, sandwiched round a skinny layer of aluminium, with the combo of supplies making it unsuitable for kerbside recycling.
The brand new tube is created from excessive density polyethylene (HDPE), the identical plastic used to make recyclable milk and detergent bottles.
“This makes our new recyclable tube know-how a major growth, globally, in addition to Australia,” he mentioned in a press release on Tuesday.
The tube doesn’t have to be cleaned, simply as empty as potential, earlier than being disposed of within the yellow kerbside recycling bin.
The objective is to have all Colgate merchandise recyclable by the top of 2025 and the know-how is being shared totally free with different tube producers that are actually engineering their very own HDPE laminate tubes.
“This challenge is not about us, it is about one thing larger,” Mr Petersen mentioned.
“By sharing our know-how we goal to provoke a worldwide shift to recyclable HDPE toothpaste tubes. Our dream is to have all tubes (not simply toothpaste) be recycled,” he mentioned.
Colgate was additionally participating with packaging and recycling stakeholders to construct consciousness and acceptance of the “ready-to-recycle” tube.
“The world’s largest tube makers have now launched HDPE recyclable tubes of their very own, and main toothpaste producers are on a path towards recyclable tubes,” he mentioned.