New, Lightweight Closures for Protein Powder and Wellness Supplements Help Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Nutraceuticals

As people become more health conscious and aware of the need to take preventive healthcare measures, the market for nutraceuticals – products that combine pharmaceutical-like properties with nutritional benefits – is growing rapidly. According to a recent report by MarketsandMarkets, the U.S. nutraceutical packaging market is projected to reach 4.2 billion by 2028, up from 3.4 billion in 2023.

Along with this growth is the need for innovative packaging for vitamins, nutraceuticals, and supplements that support product usability, integrity, safety, aesthetics, and sustainability. As a global packaging leader, Berry offers a wide range of plastic caps and closures – from screw, snap and flip-top caps to overcaps and tube closures – with senior friendly, child resistance, and tamper evident options. 

In addition to our Premium Dispensing VersaCap with a butterfly hinge that snaps and stays open, we recently innovated new lightweight closures for the protein powder market, including our 120-Special Next Gen Deep Skirt Screw On Closure Ribbed (120 Deep Skirt) and 110/400 Wide-mouth Screw On Closure Ribbed (Lightweight 110/400). Both closures are candidates for 25% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content. 

These new closures are part of Berry’s B Circular Range of packaging and product solutions that leverage our engineering expertise and proprietary processes in the design for circularity to reduce products’ impact on the environment, focusing on helping brand owners meet and exceed their sustainability goals.

The innovative closure designs use less material, combining modern design with a reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Moreover, incorporating PCR content into these closures reduces the need for virgin plastic made from fossil fuels. Based on a life-cycle assessment from the Association of Plastic Recyclers, compared to former designs, the:

  • 120 Deep Skirt closure is around 33% lighter, reducing up to 192 MTCO2e annually – equal to GHG emissions from about 43 passenger vehicles driven for one year.
  • Lightweight 110/400 closure is around 31% lighter, reducing up to 125 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e) annually – equal to CO2 emissions from about 289 barrels of oil consumed.

Made of widely recyclable polypropylene, the new closures are food-contact safe, available with a standard liner, and feature a fine-ribbed sidewall and stipple top for optimal grip and usability. Both offer precise closure-to-bottle thread contact for a secure, leak-free seal and utilize an inside gate to offer a smooth top surface. 

Their versatility makes these closures suitable for applications in food, wellness, beauty and personal care, pet care, and many other markets. These closures are popular solutions for protein powders and beauty and wellness supplements, and matching stock bottles are available for a total package solution. 

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