Coding And Marking - Recyclable Toothpaste Tube From Colgate

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Coding And Marking - Recyclable Toothpaste Tube From Colgate

Coding And Marking - Recyclable Toothpaste Tube From Colgate

For over five years Colgate has been working on a toothpaste tube that will be completely recyclable; now it looks as though the company's efforts will soon come to fruition as the first-of-its kind tube rolls out next year.

 
According to reports, the recyclable toothpaste tube will launch in 2020 under the Colgate's 'Tom's of Maine' brand.  It is the first to be recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers.  Colgate intends to have all of the company's products available in packaging that is 100% recyclable by 2025, and plans to debut recyclable toothpaste tubes under the Colgate brand soon after the Tom's of Maine launch in 2020.  
 
Colgate originally used "No. 2" HDPE plastic in trying to create a toothpaste tube that would be recyclable, but found it wasn't suitable for making tubes that could be easily squeezed to get the product out.  The company also discovered it would not work well for ultra-thin laminate sheets due to the rigidity of high-density polyethylene. 
 
Colgate's packaging engineers had the light bulb come on when they realized while working at the company's NJ campus that it was possible to use multiple grades of  HDPE in designing the tubes.  Using anywhere from six layers to 20, the engineers tested a wide range of combinations to discover which would make it possible for consumers to easily squeeze out the product and at the same time meet high-speed production demands while protecting the product's integrity.
 
The company's intention throughout the design and development of the recyclable toothpaste tubes was to duplicate the form and functionality of tubes that have been used for years, comprised of various types of plastic laminate sheets impossible to recycle.
 
Ann Tracy, Colgate's VP of global sustainability, environmental and occupational health sciences, and supply chain strategy said of the APR recognized tube that the company is dedicated to supporting the Closed Loop Fund and other efforts, using more recycled material and less plastic in packaging of their products.
 
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