Plant-based stopper soon to be a reality

27th February, 2013 by Patrick Schmitt

Synthetic closure specialist Nomacorc is to launch a stopper made from plant-based polymers later this year.

The use of plant-based plastics is increasing across a range of industries

Details of the new product, which will employ natural materials like corn or sugar cane in place of oil-derived products, will be announced in around eight weeks time, said Jeff Slater, global director of marketing at Nomacorc, speaking to the drinks business yesterday.

According to his colleague, Maurizio Ugliano, who is enological research manager at the closure producer, “No-one in the wine industry has ever worked with these materials, although they are used in soft drinks and mineral water [packaging].”

Slater admitted that recreating the chemistry of oil-derived polymers using natural raw materials was “very difficult”,….

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