Innovative Polymer Launched With “Potential To Replace Virgin”

Manufacturer of plastic materials, RPC bpi recycled products (RPC bpi), has launched what it’s calling a “first” in sustainability – a range of premium, sustainable polymers made from 100% recycled plastic called SUSTANE.

SUSTANE is being described as an “innovative, sustainable polymer that has the potential to replace virgin polymer”.

The recycled material is made from post-consumer packaging and promises the “highest levels of technical performance, consistency with no compromise on quality”, according to RPC bpi. 

Developed and manufactured in the UK, SUSTANE offers traceability of the product as well as being 100% recyclable itself.

Current products manufactured from virgin polymers can improve their environmental credentials when they are designed – or redesigned – by using SUSTANE polymers, RPC bpi says.

SUSTANE polymers performs in a wide range of non-food contact applications where previously prime polymer was used. 


An early adopter of SUSTANE is the recently launched sustainable shrink film, X-EnviroShrink, developed by RPC bpi protec.

X-EnviroShrink is a flat shrink film made using a minimum of 30% post-consumer recyclate. 

One of the first customers to use X-EnviroShink is Radnor Hills, a water and soft drinks supplier. The company was looking for a sustainable shrink-wrapped solution for its multi-packed bottled water. They chose X-EnviroShrink – made with SUSTANE – to help the company meet its sustainability targets.

Gerry McGarry, managing director of RPC bpi recycled products, said: “Sustainability is at the heart of our ambition to grow as a successful but ethical company. Innovation drives our plans to continually give our customers great products that have a positive impact on our environment and society. 

“We go beyond standard industry practices to provide our customers with solutions to help them meet their sustainable targets and reduce their carbon footprint. This is because products made with SUSTANE can be recycled and used again, and again, saving natural resources and reducing plastic in the environment.” 

SUSTANE is manufactured by RPC bpi recycled products, part of RPC Group, and is one of the largest recyclers of used packaging film in Europe.

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