Greif Launches Sustainable Solution for IBCs

Date: 2020-02-24

Investment in our GCUBE IBC solutions continues at a fast pace and we are pleased to announce the launch of the first GCUBE IBC using transparent post-consumer resin (PCR) in the bottle.

The inner layer of this sustainable bottle remains 100 percent virgin high density polyethelene (HDPE), while the two external layers are made from a blend of PCR. The virgin HDPE inner layer and accurate selection of PCR assure product integrity.

Internal analysis estimates that this reduces the carbon footprint of the bottle by up to 38 percent and up to 11 percent for the entire IBC.

Currently available from our Castenedolo plant in Italy, where it was developed using PCR from its IBC collection service and extruded at its on-site recycling centre, the GCUBE PCR bottles will soon be available across our global network of GCUBE IBC facilities including Germany, Netherlands, Russia, China, Spain and the USA.

The GCUBE PCR bottle is an extension of Greif’s EcoBalance™ product line which includes drums and other shipping containers made using PCR. The EcoBalance™ product line helps support many of our customers with their sustainability goals including reducing carbon emissions, energy consumption and diverting waste from landfills.

The GCUBE PCR bottle is particularly suited to customers already taking advantage of our empty IBC collection service. It offers all the same features as the standard IBC bottle including transparency and is suitable for non-UN and non-food products such as lube oil and AdBlue.

“Sustainability is one of Greif’s guiding principles. Over the last decade much of our innovation strategy has focused on developing products that use less virgin raw materials and incorporate more recycled content, while continuing to meet performance requirements, helping all of us meet important waste reduction targets. The GCUBE PCR bottle is yet another significant development in this area,” explains Luca Bettoni, Global IBC Product Manager for Greif.

If you would like to find out more about the GCUBE PCR bottle please contact Luca Bettoni ( or your account manager.