Plastic barrel docks are being developed in South Africa to replace the ageing plastic containers that are often thrown away, and will replace them with a more sustainable alternative.
The technology is called Lift Plastic Barrels, and it’s being used in South Korea to make containers that can be recycled and reused.
The new plastic barrels will be produced by the company Kontakt, and are currently being tested at the company’s new facility.
According to Kontax, the barrels are being tested on the grounds of the company as part of the ongoing trial of its new plastic-based packaging for its brand-new products.
Kontaxis Plastic Barrel Development Director, Tshibanga Boonne told TechRadars that the new barrels will replace the old plastic containers by using a “new material” that will provide “strong strength, weight and stability”.
The company says the new plastic barrel will also be more durable and will last longer than existing plastics containers.
Boonnes head of plastic barrel development, Tisha Thon, told Techradars that KontAX will be producing around 20,000 barrels per day, which is equivalent to the current capacity of the containers that have been thrown away.
She added that the containers will be manufactured in South African factories and will be “manufactured to a high standard and manufactured to the specifications”.
The barrels will also feature a patented “floating” structure that will allow them to be stacked, which will reduce the amount of weight they carry.
The containers will also incorporate a new system of “bumpers” that are “designed to increase the surface area, allowing the containers to hold a larger quantity of product.”
According to Thon the containers can be made of a “super-strength polymer”, which is “thicker than polyethylene and has higher strength than polypropylene”.
The new containers will weigh between 70 and 80 kilograms and have a capacity of up to 10 kilograms.
Thon says that Kons Plastic Barrel’s goal is to provide “a high-value and durable plastic product” that is also environmentally friendly.
The company will offer “100% recyclable” containers, which are also “very high-quality” and are “more durable”.
Thon said that “each of these containers will contain no plastic”, meaning that it will “never become used in the landfill or any other landfills”.
Thons Plastic Container Development Director said that Konax plans to offer a range of plastic products from food packaging to furniture to clothing.
She said that the company is working on a range for the home, including “baskets, cushions and pillowcases”.
“We have the materials for the first batch of containers, and the second batch is planned to come later this year,” she said.
Kons plastic barrel containers are also expected to be “green” in the sense that they will not be sold to the environment, and can also be recycled.
Boons said that as well as the packaging for the company, the company will be looking to produce other products including a “fishing line”, which will allow people to catch fish and fish species that are already in the wild.
“The fish will be available for the fishmonger and also the fish wholesalers.
These are people who can provide people with a good income.
So, we have fish in our production line,” Boonns said.
“We want to make this into a great experience for people.
It’s about providing a good, sustainable and environmentally friendly product.”
Thon added that she was also looking to expand the range of products that Kona’s Plastic Barrel development can offer, including the “pumpkin cake” and “biscuits”.
The biscuits will be made from “super premium” ingredients, and they will be the first of their kind to use “green fats” that Thon claims will be more sustainable.
She also said that she would be working with the local fishing community to ensure that the biscuits “aren’t misused by the fishers”.
“The biscuits will not have any harmful side effects on the environment,” she told TechRadi.
“There will be a waste management plan in place, which includes all the packaging materials, but it will be completely recyclabile.”