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Sanner introduces bio-based plastic packaging

The new TabTec CR tablet container from Sanner is modern, child-resistant and easy to useAt Pharmapack 2020, Sanner GmbH, a market leader for effervescent tablet packaging, will focus on sustainability. The company will present its new Sanner BioBase® effervescent tablet packaging for the first time at booth B66. Sanner BioBase® is the first biopackaging of its kind made of renewable raw materials.

Sanner BioBase® is the first effervescent tablet packaging that consists of more than 90 percent bio-based material. The biopolymers used consist of various renewable raw materials such as corn, sugar cane or cellulose, which are converted into "green" ethanol. A major advantage of bio-based plastic packaging is its essential independence from fossil raw material deposits and its reduced CO2 footprint. Bio-based plastic packaging has the same properties as conventional packaging solutions. They can also be processed on existing filling lines. From a chemical point of view, Sanner BioBase® is almost identical to PE and PP from fossil raw materials.

High-quality and climate-friendly at the same timeThe new Sanner BioBase® effervescent tablet packaging consists of more than 90 percent bio-based material"Sanner BioBase® can be recycled, increases resource efficiency and makes it easier for us to achieve our climate targets," says Ursula Hahn, Head of Product Management at Sanner. Another important argument for customers and consumers is the extended shelf life of the tablets thanks to higher H2O barrier properties. In terms of handling, Sanner BioBase® offers consumers a high-quality feel and appearance. The tablet tube can be printed or provided with an IML label.

Sanner BioBase® will be commercially available from the second quarter of 2020. The initial tablet tube will have a diameter of 27 millimeters and can be combined with the appropriate desiccant closure. "The solution is currently aimed primarily at food supplement producers," says Ursula Hahn. "Due to the stricter regulations in the pharmaceutical industry, this market will be our next focus".

TabTec CR tablet container: child-resistant and senior-friendlyAlso on show at Pharmapack: the TabTec CR tablet container, which was launched at the end of 2019 and will also be showcased in the Pharmapack Innovation Gallery. The innovative opening mechanism protects children from accidentally taking painkillers, antidepressants or medical cannabis. The patented Press & Flip closure prevents opening by children's hands. However, it is easy to handle for adults and especially for seniors by pressing and simultaneously folding up the closure. The desiccant integrated into the bottom of the container and the appropriate color selection protect the contents from moisture and light at all times. The integrated pouring assistance ensures hygienic and easy dosing of the drugs.

Publication date: 21/01/2020

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This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 837761.