Recycling laws in the UK, and the consumer demand for manufacturers to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment, are pushing companies to switch to using biodegradable and recycable materials. RPC Llantrisant said the launch of its new PET bottle follows trials of the bottle with Marks & Spencer. T "Having consistently achieved a quality of bottle with 30 per cent post consumer recycled content that is equivalent to 100 per cent virgin PET, we feel the time is right to offer this product as standard to reflect the growing demand for recycled content in plastics packaging," stated Dean Williams, a designer at RPC Llantrisant. Williams said the company is now researching how to increase the percentage of recycled content to 50 per cent. The company has also installed a new single stage PET processing machine. The Aoki 350 is the eighth such model purchased by RPC Llantrisant and brings the total number of Aoki machines on-site to 24. "This investment is necessary to meet capacity of combined new projects and increased volumes of existing work," Williams stated. Other companies producing PET made out of recycled materials include Finland-based Huhtamaki. The company last month launched a thermoformed container made from material that contains between 40 and 70 per cent recycled PET. Huhtamaki cited the increased availability of food-grade PET in the UK due to a more organised collection and handling of the material. It is these resources that have allowed the company to start using the material at an industrial scale, Huhtamaki stated.