TotalEnergies Lubrifiants is accelerating the incorporation of recycled plastics into its lubricant bottles

The premium product range of TotalEnergies Lubrifiants in Europe is now packaged in platinum-coloured bottles containing 50% post-consumer recycled (PCR) polyethylene.

Following a pilot started in 2021 on the Quartz Xtra product bottles, TotalEnergies Lubrifiants is now applying the process of incorporating 50% PCR high-density polyethylene (HDPE) to a larger scale. From September 2023 onwards, all premium range bottles produced in France and Belgium, recognisable by their platinum colour, are being made notably from TotalEnergies rPE6314, a ready-to-use polyethylene compound.

Produced at TotalEnergies’ plant in Antwerp and part of the circular polymer range, RE:clic, this high-performing rHDPE grade designed for blow moulding applications combines carefully selected recycled polyethylene from post-consumer waste with a high-performing virgin booster. Its high quality and consistency allow for trouble-free processing on existing industrial equipment. The resulting bottle features the same design, shape and weight as the 100% fossil-based alternatives, with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.

This innovation is aligned with TotalEnergies’ ambition to contribute to a circular economy and reduce its own use of virgin plastic.

Jean Parizot, General Manager Inland markets at TotalEnergies Lubrifiants, said: ‘We’re moving towards 50% recycled packs by 2030 for all small packaging produced in France and Belgium, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of our production and contributing to a more circular economy.’

Olivier Greiner, Vice President, Polymers Europe & Orient at TotalEnergies, said: ‘This packaging development brought to the EU market is the result of an internal effort to address the challenge of end-of-life plastics. It demonstrates our shared commitment as a company to promote the circular economy, and fully supports our ambition of reaching 1 million tons of circular polymers by 2030.’