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Agreement between Guala Closures and Oceanworks

The corks of wines and spirits with plastic recovered from the oceans

Guala Closures Group has entered into an agreement with Oceanworks, the largest global marketplace for sustainable materials, in order to develop a line of closures produced using oceanic plastic. Based in California, Oceanworks is a digital platform capable of guaranteeing the supply of recycled material from coastal ecosystems where there is a high risk of ending up in the ocean and polluting it. The Oceanworks network collects millions of pounds of ocean plastic each year. Oceanworks will supply 100% recycled polymers to the global manufacturer of non-refillable aluminum beverage closures that will be used to develop closures for its range of wines and spirits. Guala Closures will initially use the polymers in the production of the T-bar models for spirits of the newly launched line called Blossom and other models will be introduced soon. Caps made from 100% recycled Oceanworks polymers are designed following the "design to change" model of the company's recently published eco-design guidelines.

"This important agreement strengthens the Group's commitment to more sustainable solutions, and integrates our closures into the future circular economy", commented Fulvio Bosano, Guala Closures Research and Development Director, "it is an important step towards Guala's goal. Closures to use 35% recycled materials in its products by 2025. The success of our sustainability strategy depends on both strong internal research and partnerships with key players such as Oceanworks”.

Rob Ianelli, President and Founder of Oceanworks Corporate Affairs, added: "Helping our customers develop new products using our 100% recycled plastics is an important step towards a true circular economy. Thanks to this partnership we have the opportunity. to have a significant impact on increasing the production of more sustainable packaging, derived from materials that would otherwise pollute the oceans of our planet. It is a real benefit for everyone".

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