TotalEnergies Lubrifiants is accelerating the incorporation of recycled plastics into its lubricant bottles.
Following a pilot project launched in 2021 on Quartz Xtra bottles, TotalEnergies Lubrifiants is now applying the process of incorporating 50% PCR high-density polyethylene (HDPE) on a larger scale. From September 2023, all the bottles in the premium range produced in France and Belgium, recognizable by their platinum color, will be made from TotalEnergies RPE6314, a ready-to-use polyethylene compound.
HOW WE MADE IT ? Produced at TotalEnergies' Antwerp plant and part of the RE:clic range of circular polymers, this high-performance rHDPE grade designed for blow-molding applications combines carefully selected recycled polyethylene from post-consumer waste with a high-performance virgin booster. Its high quality and consistency enable trouble-free processing on existing industrial equipment. The resulting bottle has the same design, shape and weight as 100% fossil bottles, with a considerably reduced carbon footprint.
WHAT'S NEXT ? This innovation is in line with TotalEnergies' ambition to contribute to a circular economy and reduce its own consumption of virgin plastic. Jean Parizot, General Manager Domestic Markets at TotalEnergies Lubrifiants, said: "We are moving towards 50% recycled packaging by 2030 for all small packaging produced in France and Belgium, reducing the carbon footprint of our production and contributing to a more circular economy."