Technological watch

Guala Closures signs exclusive agreement with Oceanworks to develop closures made with plastic recovered from the oceans

Headquartered in California, USA, Oceanworks, is a digital marketplace that streamlines the sourcing of verified recycled material collected from coastal ecosystems where it is at significant risk of ending-up in the ocean. Oceanworks network collects millions of pounds of ocean plastic annually. Oceanworks will supply 100% recycled polymers to Guala Closures which will be used to develop closures for its wine and spirits range. This partnership extends to The Group’s worldwide market reach and its sole use of Oceanworks materials for all its closures for spirits and wine using these recycled polymers.

Guala Closures will initially use these polymers in the production of its T-bar models for spirits included in the recently launched Blossom™ range and more models will be introduced soon. The caps produced with 100% recycled Oceanworks polymers are designed following the “design to change” model of the company’s recently published ecodesign guidelines.

Commenting on this major development Fulvio Bosano, Guala Closures’ R&D director said, “This important agreement strengthens the Group’s commitment toward more sustainable solutions, making our closures part of the future circular economy. It is a significant step in Guala Closures’ objective to use 35% of recycled materials in our products by 2025. The success of our sustainability strategy depends on both strong internal research and partnerships with key players such as Oceanworks.”

Rob Ianelli, President and Founder of Oceanworks added, “Helping our customers in developing new products using our 100% recycled ocean plastics is an important step toward a real circular economy. Thanks to this partnership we have the opportunity to make a significant impact by scaling the production of a more sustainable packaging from materials which would otherwise be polluting our planet’s oceans. It is a real win-win.”

www.gualaclosures.com    www.oceanworks.co


Stay updated with our weekly PET briefing newsletter Subscribe now

This project has been co-funded with the support of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union [LIFE17 ENV/ES/000438] Life programme

The website reflects only the author's view. The Commission is not responsible for any use thay may be made of the information it contains.
Last update: 2020-07-14