Amcor Rigid Plastics LLC has commercialized its LiquiForm® technology. The technology, the company claims improves packaging consistency and lowers the carbon footprint associated with filling and packaging.

LiquiForm was produced in conjunction with Greenblendz, a Michigan-based co-packer and developer of private label, environmentally friendly consumer products. Amcor produced the 12-ounce polyethylene terephthalate bottle on a proprietary, Amcro-built machine powered by the LiquiForm process, which uses the packaged product instead of compressed air to simultaneously form and fill containers. The first product to be commercialized using the process is Nature’s PromiseTM liquid hand soap. By combining the forming and filling into one step, the process eliminates costs associated with the equipment and energy of the traditional blow molding process along with the handling, transport, and warehousing of empty containers.

“We’re excited to be a partner in the commercial validation of such a highly sustainable manufacturing process,” says Steve Berry, founder and chief operating officer of Greenblendz. “LiquiForm technology delivers enormous efficiencies throughout the supply chain and improves the industry’s carbon footprint.”

The forming of bottles using the LiquiForm process also opens the pathways to lighter, more sustainable packaging. Lighter weight containers, achieved through improved consistency in wall thickness, combined with a reduction in the transport of empty containers, reduces environmental emissions and lowers the carbon footprint, Amcor says.

“LiquiForm has the potential to revolutionize the filling and packaging industries with a more flexible, efficient, and sustainable supply chain,” says Ann O’Hara, vice president and general manager of Amcor Rigid Plastics’ diversified products division. “The development and launch of the first commercial manufacturing machine and the introduction of the first commercial product represents two major milestones for the LiquiForm technology.”

The bottle, which contains 50 percent post-consumer recycled (PCR) content, is a drop-in replacement for the current Nature’s Promise container and uses the existing closure and label.