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Lightweight Headstand Valve Caps

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Lightweight Headstand Valve Caps
Manufacturer has developed a lightweight headstand cap using minimal amounts of polymer.
In Use – The Rio closure can be used on a range of standard squeezy bottles mainly in food related applications such as Hartley’s Smooth Jam.

Packaging Reduction

Product Categories
Food, Household & Personal Care, Other

Relevant Materials
Laminates, Plastic – Flexible, Plastics - Other / mixed

Relevant Packaging Formats
Closures and dispensers (including: triggers, dosing aids, reseal and reclose devices etc.)

Supply Chain Phase


The lightweight injection moulded ‘Rio’ closure from Global Closure Systems is a functional flip top dispensing closure utilising the minimum amount of polymer materials.
The lightweight design offers the consumer and brand owner alike a cost effective and environmentally friendly solution whilst delivering a non drip ease of dispensing with GCS’s silicone valve.




Potential Benefits

The benefit of this new design is mainly in reduced polymer usage during manufacture, resulting in greater efficiency in manufacture and logistics and a consequently reduced carbon footprint.

Intellectual Property

Although this product has been developed by GCS it is not currently patented by them.

Consultant View

Another useful example of efficient design improving an existing packaging method with consequent savings in packaging material used and therefore a reduction in CO2 impact.  Reviewers should consult the REID database for other innovative packaging designs using search terms such as: Lightweighting, design, plastics.

Contacts and Further Information

Mark Aldridge
Business Development Director
Salhouse Road,
NR7 9AL,
United Kingdom

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