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BASF starts production of pharma boxes made of Styropor® Ccycled® with eutecma and Hirsch Porozell

The pharma boxes made of chemically recycled plastics are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2021. Thanks to BASF's ChemCycling® method and the extraction of pyrolysis oil from plastic waste, fossil raw materials are saved in the production of the packaging. 

The PROTECT system packaging

Instead of the conventional Styropor®, the PROTECT system packaging uses Styropor® Ccycled®. For this, pyrolysis oil is extracted from plastic waste and used at the beginning of BASF's Verbund production. Using the mass balance approach, the proportion of pyrolysis oil can later be allocated to the end product. In terms of its properties and quality, the ChemCycling® product does not differ from classic Styropor® made from fossil raw materials. However, it has a significantly better carbon footprint and thus contributes to the circular economy. The packaging boxes are particularly suitable for sensitive products and temperature-sensitive applications such as food and pharmaceutical products. The cushioning and insulating properties of Styropor® Ccycled® guarantee the safe and cool transport of the goods. 

BASF, eutecma and Hirsch Porozell are working together on a sustainable supply chain for the pharmaceutical boxes.

The supply chain

The basis for the end products at eutecma is the granulate Styropor® Ccycled® produced at BASF. After production, the beads are delivered to the plant of processor Hirsch Porozell, where they are processed into pharmaceutical boxes. Eutecma then receives the final products and ships them internationally to Europe, Asia, India, China and the USA. If waste is generated by damaged packaging boxes, it is collected and compacted to make the chemically recycled Styropor® economically and ecologically transportable. The cooperation between BASF, eutecma and Hirsch Porozell is a step away from a linear economy towards a circular economy.