LyondellBasell and Pigeon Singapore – a market leader producing high-quality mother and baby care products for Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa and Oceania – have announced their collaboration on advancing sustainable research and development efforts in baby nursing bottles. The latest series of Pigeon nursing bottles will use LyondellBasell's bio-based CirculenRenew polypropylene (PP) polymers, as part of Pigeon’s transitioning away from using 100% virgin PP resins.
LyondellBasell bio-based CirculenRenew PP is used in the cap and hood of the renewed Pigeon SofTouch amorphous polyester (T-Ester), polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) and glass nursing bottle, and in the cap, hood and bottle itself of the PP nursing bottle and PP straw bottle. They are also used in the bottle handle of the PP straw bottle.
LyondellBasell CirculenRenew polymers are made from renewable feedstocks derived from bio-based wastes and residual oils, such as used cooking oils. These feedstocks are used in conventional polymerization processes along with conventional feedstocks, and are allocated to CirculenRenew products using an ISCC PLUS-certified mass balance approach. The use of renewable feedstocks offers a lower carbon footprint compared to fossil-based feedstocks.
Backed by over 60 years of breastfeeding research, Pigeon is the number one global brand in nursing bottles according to a report by market research form Global Info Research entitled by Global Baby Bottles Market 2023.
By incorporating CirculenRenew into PP components (cap, hood, handle and PP bottle) used in renewed Pigeon SofTouch nursing bottles, usage of virgin PP plastic will be reduced, hence contributing to carbon emissions reduction. CirculenRenew PP has a 70% lower PCF (product carbon footprint) than fossil-based PP over the life cycle* due to the use of bio-based feedstock.
In close cooperation with Japanese trading company Iwatani Corporation and LyondellBasell, Pigeon introduced the renewed series of Pigeon SofTouch nursing bottles made with CirculenRenew in Indonesia from December 2023. Other markets in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania will follow this year.
* Assuming energy recovery as the end-of-life scenario and including emissions from production, polymers stored carbon release in end-of-life, but excluding emissions from distribution, use and other end-of-life emissions.