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Title:
THIN WALL CONTAINER MADE WITH A RECYCLED MATERIAL
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2020/208243
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A thin wall container for being filled with a liquid reference volume, made with polyethylene terephtalate (PET), comprising a neck and a wall, wherein: - the PET comprises at least 50% by weight of a PET recycled by a mechanical route (rPET), and, - the container presents at least the following feature: Feature a) the wall has a thin portion having an average thickness of from 50 µm to 150 µm.

Inventors:
TANCHETTE JEAN-BAPTISTE (FR)
Application Number:
PCT/EP2020/060346
Publication Date:
October 15, 2020
Filing Date:
April 10, 2020
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
SA DES EAUX MINERALES DEVIAN ET EN ABREGE S A E M E (FR)
International Classes:
B65D8/00
Domestic Patent References:
WO2016200653A12016-12-15
WO2012065162A12012-05-18
WO2015180094A12015-12-03
Foreign References:
US20110256331A12011-10-20
JP2014080594A2014-05-08
EP1527999A12005-05-04
US20110031243A12011-02-10
US3733309A1973-05-15
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
NOVAGRAAF INTERNATIONAL SA et al. (CH)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A thin wall container for being filled with a liquid reference volume, made with polyethylene terephtalate (PET), comprising a neck and a wall, wherein:

- the PET comprises at least 50% by weight of a PET recycled by a mechanical route (rPET), and,

- the container presents at least the following feature:

Feature a) the wall has a thin portion having an average thickness of from 50 pm to 150 pm.

2. A container according to claim 1 , wherein the average thickness is of from 50 pm to 75 pm or from 75 pm to 100 pm or from 100 pm to 125 pm or from 125 pm to 150 pm.

3. A container according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the container further presents the following feature:

Feature b) the container is a blow molded container and has a planar stretch ratio of from 12.0 to 27.0.

4. A container according to claim 3, wherein the planar stretch ratio of is from 15.0 to 20.0.

5. A container according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the container further presents the following feature:

Feature c) the container has a ratio between the container weight and the liquid reference volume of:

- from 5.27 g/L to 9.33 g/L, or

- from 4.0 g/L to less than 5.27 g/L with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of at least 10.0 L, or

- from more than 9.33 g/L to 20.0 g/L, with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of at most 2.0 L.

6. A container according to claim 5, wherein the ratio between the container weight and the liquid reference volume is of - from 5.80 g/L to 7.00 g/L, or

- from 4.0 g/L to less than 5.00 g/L with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of at least 12.0 L, or

- from more than 9.33 g/L to 15.0 g/L, with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of from 0.5 L to 2.0 L, or

- from more than 15.0 g/L to 20.0 g/L, with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of at from 0.1 L to less than 0.5 L.

7. A container according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the PET comprises at least 80% by weight of the recycled PET (rPET).

8. A container according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the PET essentially consists of the recycled PET (rPET).

9. A container according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the PET recycled by a mechanical route (rPET) has been recycled by post-consumer (PC) recycling.

10. A container according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the container is an injection blow molded container.

11. A container according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein, the wall comprises a bottom portion, a side portion, and a shoulder portion, wherein the thin portion is at least the side portion.

12. A container according to claim 11 , wherein the side portion comprises a straight portion.

13. A container according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the side portion is free of ridge, edge, groove and/or rib.

14. A container according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the PET is substantially free of coloring agents.

15. A container according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the containers is filled with a transparent liquid.

16. A container according to clam 15, wherein the transparent liquid is water.

Description:
Thin wall container made with a recycled material

The invention concerns thin wall containers made with recycled PET. The containers present a low coloration.

Polyethylene terephtalate (PET) is widely used for packaging beverages. “Crystal” grades of PET, free of coloring agents, present a high transparency, and containers made therewith also present a high transparency. Transparent containers, such as bottles, are especially appreciated for packaging transparent liquids such as waters.

PET recycled by mechanical routes (rPET) is known. This material has been used in bottles containers usually mixed with virgin PET. Some bottles made with 100% of rPET have also been commercialized. Using recycled PET allows a preservation of the environment. However, rPET and containers made therewith are not as transparent as virgin PET and present a somewhat grey un-wanted or un appreciated coloration. For this reason, bottles made of 100% rPET have been used so far for containing non-transparent liquids, such as non-transparent beverages. Such beverages thus mask the container coloration that is un-appreciated by some consumers. There is a need for containers comprising rPET adapted to package transparent liquids such as waters.

The invention addresses at least one of the problems or needs mentioned above, with a thin wall container for being filled with a liquid reference volume, made with polyethylene terephtalate (PET), comprising a neck and a wall, wherein:

- the PET comprises at least 50% by weight of a PET recycled by a mechanical route (rPET), and,

- the container presents at least the following feature:

Feature a) the wall has a thin portion having an average thickness of from 50 pm to 150 pm.

In one embodiment, the container further presents the following feature:

Feature b) the container is a blow molded container, and has a planar stretch ratio of from 12.0 to 27.0. In one embodiment, the container further presents the following feature:

Feature c) the container has a ratio between the container weight and the liquid reference volume of

- from 5.27 g/L to 9.33 g/L, or

- from 4.0 g/L to less than 5.27 g/L with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of at least 10.0 L, or

- from more than 9.33 g/L to 20.0 g/L, with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of at most 2.0 L.

The invention also concerns a process of making the container. The invention also concerns the use of PET recycled by a mechanical route (rPET) in the containers. The invention also concerns the use of PET recycled by a mechanical route (rPET) in the containers filled with transparent liquids such as water.

In the containers presenting at least one of features a) to c), the coloration due the rPET is found to be surprisingly low and adapted for transparent liquids such as water.

Brief description of the drawings

Figure 1 represents a PET preform of 32 g, for forming a 5 L container. Dimensions are in mm.

Figure 2 represents a PET 5 L container of 32 g, formed from the preform of Figure 1. Dimensions are in mm.

Figure 3 represents a PET preform of 32 g, for forming a 5 L container. Dimensions are in mm.

Figure 4 represents a PET 5 L container of 32 g, formed from the preform of Figure 3. Dimensions are in mm.

Detailed description of the invention

The container is a thin wall container made with polyethylene terephtalate (PET), comprising a neck and a wall. It can be filled with a liquid. In other words, the container can comprise a liquid. Examples of containers include bottles having a neck, a sidewall and a bottom. Other shapes or forms of containers are also encompassed.

The liquid is typically present in a reference volume, filling all the container, with the exception of an optional head space. The container filled with the liquid is typically sealed, typically with a closure. The closure can be any type of closure, for example a cap or a flexible lid. The closure can be for example a threaded cap or a snap cap. The container can be opened by removing the closure or by at least partially piercing the closure.

Containers presenting a neck and a wall are known. The container is a thin wall container, having a body and a neck as opening. The body is comprised of the wall. The wall typically comprises a bottom portion, a side portion, and a shoulder portion. The opening can be a neck provided on the shoulder portion opposite to the bottom portion. To allow a deformation, and to allow plastic saving, the body, or wall, or parts thereof has a low average thickness on at least a portion, preferably at least a portion representing at least 50% as length or surface of the body, preferably at least 80%, preferably all the body. The bottom and/or the shoulder can present higher average thicknesses, up to 100% more than the average thickness of the rest of the body. In one embodiment the wall comprises a bottom portion, a side portion, and a shoulder portion, wherein the thin portion is at least the side portion.

The container presents at least feature a). In one embodiment the container presents features a) and b). In one embodiment the container presents features a) and c). In one embodiment the container presents features a) and b) and c).

According to feature a) The average thickness of the wall is of from from 50 pm to 150 pm, for example from 50 pm to 75 pm or from 75 pm to 100 pm or from 100 pm to 125 pm or from 125 pm to 150 pm.

The average thickness of the body can be for example of from 50 pm to 150 pm, for example from 50 pm to 75 pm or from 75 pm to 100 pm or from 100 pm to 125 pm or from 125 pm to 150 pm.

The side portion can comprise a straight portion, that is to say that the side portion presents a cylindrical shape, and preferably a circular cylindrical shape. In an embodiment the side portion can be slightly convex. In an embodiment the side portion presents a griping portion, as a recess, having concave parts. The thickness of the side portion is low and allows a deformation. For example, the thickness of the side portion can be of from 50 pm to 150 pm, for example from 50 pm to 75 pm or from 75 pm to 100 pm or from 100 pm to 125 pm or from 125 pm to 150 pm. In one embodiment the side portion is free of ridge, edge, groove, or rib. In one embodiment the side portion comprises at least one ridge, edge, groove and/or rib.

The bottom portion can present a shape allowing the container to stand, for example a substantially flat, optionally ribbed shape, or a petaloid shape. Such shapes are known for bottles. In one embodiment the bottom portion presents a hemispheric shape. The thickness of the bottom portion can be for example of from 105 pm to 275 pm, preferably from 125 pm to 225 pm, for example for example from 125 pm to 150 pm or from 150 pm to 175 pm or from 175 pm to 200 pm or from 200 pm to 225 pm. In one embodiment the bottom portion is free of ridge, edge, groove, or rib. In one embodiment the bottom portion comprises at least one ridge, edge, groove and/or rib.

The shoulder portion is typically an intermediate portion between the neck a side portion. In one embodiment the shoulder portion presents a hemispheric shape. The thickness of the shoulder portion can be for example of from 105 pm to 275 pm, preferably from 125 pm to 225 pm, for example for example from 125 pm to 150 pm or from 150 pm to 175 pm or from 175 pm to 200 pm or from 200 pm to 225 pm. In one embodiment the shoulder portion is free of ridge, edge, groove, or rib. In one embodiment the shoulder portion comprises at least one ridge, edge, groove and/or rib.

Features such as ridges, edges, grooves and/or ribs that might be present on the sidewall, bottom and/or shoulder of the container modify the visual impression provided by the container, for example by generating some reflections that can modify the impression of transparency. The unwanted coloration can be perceived to a higher extend in portions that are free of such features. Thus lowering the unwanted coloration is more useful in portions that are free of ridges, edges, grooves and/or ribs, and is more of a challenge.

In one embodiment the bottom portion and shoulder portion present a similar shape, and preferably, the bottom portion and shoulder portion present the same hemispheric shape. Consequently, when considering that the side portion is a circular cylinder, the container is symmetrical (except for the neck portion) and can be handled similarly in an upright or upside-down position. Containers with such hemispherical shapes and straight or slightly convex side portions are particularly visually attractive and/or otherwise visually differentiating for consumers. Besides these features have been found to allow some manufacturing and/or usage advantages such as an easier process of manufacturing, as being close to the natural shape upon blowing before, with low constrains upon conforming with the mold, during a blow molding process.

It is mentioned that the container can be free of any label, such as a banderole or laminate adhered to the sidewall. These can cover at least partially the unwanted coloration, but constitute more packaging elements, which is expensive and/or contribute to complexify recycling and/or to lower the purity of recycled streams.

Liquid

The liquid is typically comprised or filled in the container. It is typically to be released out of the container, via the neck. It is preferably a drinkable, potable, liquid. Examples of such liquids include waters and beverages.

Examples of waters include tap water, purified and/or sterilized waters, such as distillated waters, well waters, spring waters, and mineral waters. The waters can be supplemented with some additives such as salts, minerals, electrolytes. The waters can be supplemented with some functional additives such as vitamins. The waters can be acidic, neutral or alkaline waters. The waters can be still waters or sparkling waters, for example carbonated, for example naturally carbonated, artificially carbonated or partially naturally carbonated.

Examples of beverages include alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, flavored waters, aquadrinks, optionally flavored milks, for example milks form animal origin such as cow milk or vegetal substitutes such as soy milk, almond milk, cashew milk, oat milk, rice milk, coconut milk, fermented beverages such as drinking yogurts or vegetal substitutes, kefirs, kombuchas, infused beverages, ready to use coffees, ready to use teas, ready to use creamers, fruit juices or nectars, carbonated soft drinks such as colas or sodas. The non-alcoholic beverages can for example comprise sugar, sweeteners and/or fruit or vegetable or their extracts. In a preferred embodiment the liquid is a transparent liquid. Examples of transparent liquids include waters, as described above.

Material

The container is made with a PET plastic material. The material and the container structural features, such as the thickness and the shape, can be such that the container has at least a deformable, flexible, part when it is empty. Feature a), b), c) provide such deformable, flexible parts.

PET and rPET are for example available in various grades or compositions, for example packaging grades or compositions, for example bottles grades or compositions. PET is especially appropriate for waters. Waters are very sensitive to taste modification, and PET has been found not to alter the waters’ taste over storage periods of at least 3 months, preferably at least 6 months, preferably at least 12 months, preferably at least 24 months.

rPET is known and commercially available. In an embodiment it has been recycled by post-consumer (PC) recycling, where the container is recycled from waste streams after use by a consumer and disposal by a user or consumer. The recycling typically involves sorting waste streams, to recover a stream of the selected material, and processing the stream with steps such as refining, washing and/or grinding. For example, PET can be sorted from waste streams, and then processed according to various routes. The mechanical route involves refining, washing and/or grinding to recover a rPET polymer. The recovered rPET polymer can be subjected to a solid-state polymerization to re-increase its molecular weight, for example to re increase its Intrinsic Viscosity (IV). The unwanted coloration of post-consumer rPET is significantly much higher than rPET obtained by post-industrial recycling where clean articles or parts of articles are recycled from production sites. The later are high purity streams, with lower amounts of impurities coming from other materials and generating some coloration. Thus lowering the unwanted coloration is more useful for post-consumer rPET and is more of a challenge.

The PET can for example be a 100% recycled PET (rPET), or comprise an amount of R% by weight of rPET and an amount of 100-R% of a virgin PET, wherein R is of at least 50% or at least 60% or at least 70%, or at least 80%, or at least 90%.

The PET material of the container comprises at least 50% by weight of a PET recycled by a mechanical route (rPET). The rest of the PET can virgin PET, prepared for monomers, and or PET recycled by chemical or microbiological routes. For example, the PET material comprises at least 50%, preferably at least 80%; by weight of rPET and at most 50%, preferably at most 20%, by weight of virgin PET and/or PET recycled by chemical or microbiological routes.

In one embodiment the PET is a mixture of rPET and virgin PET. The mixture can be implemented as several layers, or by mixing pellets of rPET and virgin PET, before or upon melting for forming the container or a preform, or by mixing and melting rPET and virgin PET for forming pellets. Such mixtures or mixing procedures are known by the one skilled in the art.

In one embodiment the PET essentially consists of the recycled PET. In other words, the container is a 100% by weight rPET.

It is mentioned that PET (either virgin PET or rPET) is recyclable, for example by the mechanical route, a chemical route and/or a microbiological route. The chemical route involves depolymerizing to recover monomers. The monomers can be re-polymerized to obtain a recycled fresh polymer. For example, PET or rPET can be depolymerized by hydrolysis, methanolysis, glycloysis, ammonolysis or aminolysis to obtain recycled terephthalic acid or a diester thereof and recycled monoethylene glycol. The recycled terephthalic acid or diester and/or the recycled monoethylene glycol can be repolymerized, optionally with adding some virgin terephthalic acid or diester and/or the monoethylene glycol. Similarly, the microbiological route involves treating the stream of material by micro-organisms to obtain de-polymerized oligomers or monomers, and then repolymerizing said monomers or oligomers, optionally with adding some virgin monomers or oligomers.

The PET can comprise some additives, known by the one skilled in the art, such as stabilizers, lubricants etc... In one embodiment the PET comprises coloring agents such as pigments or optical modifiers. In one embodiment the PET is substantially free of coloring agents.

The container can be formed from the PET by a molding process, such as a blow molding process, for example an Extrusion Blow Molding process or an Injection Blow Molding process, for example an Injection Stretch Blow Molding process. Injection (Stretch) Blow Molding processes is especially suitable for the PET. They involve forming a PET preform by injection, heating the preform, placing the preform in a mold, and blowing a gas, usually air, in the heated preform to blow the material in the mold and conform the material with the mold. Upon blowing the PET stretches, becomes thinner, and gets resistance by strain hardening and/or strain induced crystallization phenomenon(s). Such processes are well known. Equipments and materials, virgin or recycled, are commercially available.

The preform can be a monolayer preform, to obtain a monolayer container. For example, the preform is a monolayer PET. For example, the container can be a monolayer PET container. The preform can be multilayer preform, to obtain multilayer container. For example, the preform can have a layer of virgin PET and a layer of rPET, preferably as an external at least partial layer. For example, the container can have a layer of virgin PET and a layer of rPET, preferably as an external at least partial layer.

The container has typically a reference volume, defined as the maximum volume when the container is not deformed.

The container reference volume can be of at least 0.1 L, for example at least 0.5L, for example at least 1.0 L, for example at least 3.0 L for example at least 4.0 L, for example at least 5.0 L. The container can have a reference volume of at most 22.0 L, for example at most 16.L, for example at most 11.0 L, for example at most 5.5L, for example at most 3.3 L, for example at most 1.1 L. The container can have a reference volume of from 0.1 to 0.55L or from 0.5 to 1.1 L or from 1.0 L to 3.3 L or from 3.0 to 4.4 L or from 4.0 to 5.5 L, or from 5.0 to 6.6 L, or from 6.0 to 7.7 L, or from 7.0 to 8.8 L, or from 8.0 to 9.9 L, or from 9.0 L to 11.0 L; or from 10.0 L to 16.0 L or from 16.0 L to 22.0 L.

The container is typically filled with a reference volume of the liquid and sealed. The liquid reference volume is the maximum amount of liquid comprised in the container, before release. The liquid reference volume is typically slightly lower than the container reference volume, as the filled and closed container typically presents a head space (part or the container that is not filled). The head space is preferably of from 0% to 10% of the liquid reference volume, for example from 1 % to 10% or from 1 % to 5%. The liquid reference volume can be of from of at least 0.1 L, for example at least 0.5L, for example at least 1.0 L, for example at least 3.0 L for example at least 4.0 L, for example at least 5.0 L. The liquid reference volume can be of at most 20.0 L, for example at most 15.L, for example at most 10.0 L for example at most 5.0L, for example at most 3.0 L, for example at most 1.0 L. The liquid reference volume can be of from 0.1 L to 0.5L or from 0.5 L to 1.0 L or from 1.0 L to 3.0 L or from 3.0 to 4.0 L or from 4.0 to 5.0 L, or from 5.0 to 6.0 L, or from 6.0 to 7.0 L, or from 7.0 to 8.0 L, or from 8.0 to 9.0 L, or from 9.0 L to 10.0 L, or from 10.0 to 15.0 L, or from 15.0 to 20.0 L. For example, the liquid reference volume can be of from 4.9 L to 5.1 L.

The thickness of the blown container can be managed by adapting, for a given container reference volume, the preform, in particular its shape and wall thickness, and by adapting the stretching parameters. It is mentioned that the geometry of the preform, such as its length, its diameter, and its bottom shape, determine, together with the neck, the weight of the preform and thus the weight of the container. The stretching can be described by the following parameters:

- Axial Stretch ratio (ratio between length of container under neck and the length of the preform under neck);

- Hoop Stretch ratio (ratio between the diameter of container and the diameter of the preform, at half length);

- Planar Stretch ratio: Axial Stretch Ratio X Hoop Stretch Ratio.

According to feature b) the planar stretch ratio is of from 12.0 to 27.0, preferably from 15.0 to 20.0. The axial stretch ratio can be for example of from 3.0 to 4.5, preferably from 3.3 to 4.0. The hoop stretch ratio can be for example of from 4.0 to 6.0, preferably from 4.5 to 5.5.

In one embodiment, according to feature c), the container presents a packaging efficacy, determined as ratio between the container weight and the liquid reference volume, of from 5.27 g/L to 9.33 g/L, preferably of from 5.27 g/L to 7.33 g/L, preferably form 5.80 g/L to 7.00 g/L. In this embodiment the liquid reference volume can be preferably of from 2.0 L to 10.0 L.

In one embodiment, according to feature c), the container presents a

packaging efficacy, determined as ratio between the container weight and the liquid reference volume, of from 4.0 g/L to less than 5.27 g/L with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of at least 10.0 L, for example higher than 10.0 L. The packaging efficacy can be of from 4.0 g/L to less than 5.00 g/L with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of at least 12.0 L.

In one embodiment, according to feature c), the container presents a packaging efficacy, determined as ratio between the container weight and the liquid reference volume, of from 4 more than 9.33 g/L to 20.0 g/L, with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of at most 2.0 L, for example lower than 2.0L. The packaging efficacy can be of from more than 9.33 g/L to 15.0 g/L, with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of from 0.5 L to 2.0 L. The packaging efficacy can be of from more than 15.0 g/L to 20.0 g/L, with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of at from 0.1 L to less than 0.5 L.

The container can present a surface density, determined as the ratio between the surface of the body and the container weight, of from 100 to 200 g/m2, for example from 100 to 120 g/m2 or form 120 to 140 g/m2, or form 140 to 160 g/m2, or from 160 to 180 g/m2, or from 180 to 200 g/m2. In one embodiment ratio between the surface of the body and the weight of the body is of from 100 to 200 g/m2, for example from 100 to 120 g/m2 or form 120 to 140 g/m2, or form 140 to 160 g/m2, or from 160 to 180 g/m2, or from 180 to 200 g/m2.

Extra light containers presenting feature a), b), and/or c) require less PET, and thus are especially suitable for economic and/or environmental reasons.

Advantageously, the container when filled with the liquid reference volume and sealed presents a top load resistance of at least 10 daN for at least 5 mm deformation and/or a lateral load resistance of at least 5 daN for at least 2.5 mm deformation.

In one embodiment:

- the average thickness is of from 50 pm to 75 pm or from 75 pm to 100 pm or from 100 pm to 125 pm or from 125 pm to 150 pm, and

- the PET comprises at least 80% by weight of the recycled PET.

In one embodiment: - the container the average thickness is of from 50 pm to 75 pm or from 75 pm to 100 pm or from 100 pm to 125 pm or from 125 pm to 150 pm, and

- the PET comprises at least 80% by weight of the recycled PET, and

- the recycled PET by a (rPET) has been recycled by mechanical route by post consumer (PC) recycling.

In one embodiment:

- the average thickness is of from 50 pm to 75 pm or from 75 pm to 100 pm or from 100 pm to 125 pm or from 125 pm to 150 pm, and

- the PET essentially consists of the recycled PET.

In one embodiment:

- the container presents feature a) and the average thickness is of from 50 pm to 75 pm or from 75 pm to 100 pm or from 100 pm to 125 pm or from 125 pm to 150 pm, and

- the PET essentially consists of the recycled PET, and

- the recycled PET by a (rPET) has been recycled by mechanical route by post consumer (PC) recycling.

In one embodiment:

- the container presents feature b) and the planar stretch ratio is of from 12.0 to 27.0 or from 15.0 to 20.0, and

- the PET comprises at least 80% by weight of the recycled PET.

In one embodiment:

- the container presents feature b) and the planar stretch ratio is of from 12.0 to 27.0 or from 15.0 to 20.0, and

- the PET comprises at least 80% by weight of the recycled PET, and

- the recycled PET by a (rPET) has been recycled by mechanical route by post consumer (PC) recycling.

In one embodiment:

- the container presents feature b) and the planar stretch ratio is of from 12.0 to 27.0 or from 15.0 to 20.0, and - the PET essentially consists of the recycled PET, and

- the recycled PET by a (rPET) has been recycled by mechanical route by post consumer (PC) recycling.

In one embodiment:

- the container presents feature b) and the container has an axial stretch ratio of from 3.0 to 4.5, preferably from 3.3 to 4.0, and/or the container has a hoop stretch ratio can be for of from 4.0 to 6.0, preferably from 4.5 to 5.5, and

- the PET comprises at least 80% by weight of the recycled PET.

In one embodiment:

- the container presents feature b) and the container has an axial stretch ratio of from 3.0 to 4.5, preferably from 3.3 to 4.0, and/or the container has a hoop stretch ratio can be for of from 4.0 to 6.0, preferably from 4.5 to 5.5, and

- the PET comprises at least 80% by weight of the recycled PET, and

- the recycled PET by a (rPET) has been recycled by mechanical route by post consumer (PC) recycling.

In one embodiment:

- the container presents feature b) and the container has an axial stretch ratio of from 3.0 to 4.5, preferably from 3.3 to 4.0, and/or the container has a hoop stretch ratio can be for of from 4.0 to 6.0, preferably from 4.5 to 5.5, and

- the PET essentially consists of the recycled PET.

In one embodiment:

- the container presents feature b) and the container has an axial stretch ratio of from 3.0 to 4.5, preferably from 3.3 to 4.0, and/or the container has a hoop stretch ratio can be for of from 4.0 to 6.0, preferably from 4.5 to 5.5, and

- the PET essentially consists of the recycled PET, and

- the recycled PET by a (rPET) has been recycled by mechanical route by post consumer (PC) recycling.

In one embodiment: - the container presents feature c) and has a ratio between the container weight and the liquid reference volume of from 5.27 g/L to 9.33 g/L or from 5.80 g/L to 7.00 g/L, and

- the PET comprises at least 80% by weight of the recycled PET.

In one embodiment:

- the container presents feature c) and has a ratio between the container weight and the liquid reference volume of from 5.27 g/L to 9.33 g/L or from 5.80 g/L to 7.00 g/L, and

- the PET comprises at least 80% by weight of the recycled PET, and

- the recycled PET by a (rPET) has been recycled by mechanical route by post consumer (PC) recycling.

In one embodiment:

- the container presents feature c) and has a ratio between the container weight and the liquid reference volume of from 5.27 g/L to 9.33 g/L or 5.80 g/L to 7.00 g/L, and

- the PET essentially consists of the recycled PET.

In one embodiment:

- the container presents feature c) and has a ratio between the container weight and the liquid reference volume of from 5.27 g/L to 9.33 g/L or 5.80 g/L to 7.00 g/L, and

- the PET essentially consists of the recycled PET, and

- the recycled PET by a (rPET) has been recycled by mechanical route by post consumer (PC) recycling.

In one embodiment:

- the container presents feature c) and has a ratio between the container weight and the liquid reference volume of from 4.0 g/L to less than 5.27 g/L with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of at least 10.0 L, and

- the PET comprises at least 80% by weight of the recycled PET.

In one embodiment:

- the container presents feature c) and has a ratio between the container weight and the liquid reference volume of - from 4.0 g/L to less than 5.27 g/L with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of at least 10.0 L, and - the PET comprises at least 80% by weight of the recycled PET, and

- the recycled PET by a (rPET) has been recycled by mechanical route by post consumer (PC) recycling.

In one embodiment:

- the container presents feature c) and has a ratio between the container weight and the liquid reference volume of - from 4.0 g/L to less than 5.27 g/L with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of at least 10.0 L, and

- the PET essentially consists of the recycled PET.

In one embodiment:

- the container presents feature c) and has a ratio between the container weight and the liquid reference volume of - from 4.0 g/L to less than 5.27 g/L with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of at least 10.0 L, and

- the PET essentially consists of the recycled PET, and

- the recycled PET by a (rPET) has been recycled by mechanical route by post consumer (PC) recycling.

In one embodiment:

- the container presents feature c) and has a ratio between the container weight and the liquid reference volume of from more than 9.33 g/L to 20.0 g/L, with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of at most 2.0 L, and

- the PET comprises at least 80% by weight of the recycled PET.

In one embodiment:

- the container presents feature c) and has a ratio between the container weight and the liquid reference volume of from more than 9.33 g/L to 20.0 g/L, with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of at most 2.0 L, and

- the PET comprises at least 80% by weight of the recycled PET, and

- the recycled PET by a (rPET) has been recycled by mechanical route by post consumer (PC) recycling.

In one embodiment: - the container presents feature c) and has a ratio between the container weight and the liquid reference volume of from more than 9.33 g/L to 20.0 g/L, with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of at most 2.0 L, and

- the PET essentially consists of the recycled PET.

In one embodiment:

- the container presents feature c) and has a ratio between the container weight and the liquid reference volume of from more than 9.33 g/L to 20.0 g/L, with the proviso that the liquid reference volume is of at most 2.0 L, and

- the PET essentially consists of the recycled PET, and

- the recycled PET by a (rPET) has been recycled by mechanical route by post consumer (PC) recycling.

Other details or advantages of the invention will appear in the following non-limiting example(s).

Example(s)

Example 1

A 100% rPET container of 5.0 L of water (reference volume) is implemented.

The container is prepared by Injection Stretch Blow Molding the preform represented on figure 1 , where dimensions are in mm, to obtain the container represented on figure 2, where dimensions are in mm. The main parameters and features are reported on table 1 below. The container is filled with 5.0 L of water, and sealed with a screw cap. Table 1

Example 2 A rPET container of 5.0 L of water (reference volume) is implemented.

The container is prepared by Injection Stretch Blow Molding the preform represented on figure 3, where dimensions are in mm, to obtain the container represented on figure 4, where dimensions are in mm. The main parameters and features are reported on table 2 below. The container is filled with 5.0 L of water, and sealed with a screw cap. Table 2

Example 3 - Coloration tests

CIE L*a*b* color tests are performed under to same protocol on 3 empty containers. The protocol involves, for each cxtntainer, over sereval samples, measuring the thickness at at least 7 points regularly spaced along the container body and measuring the L* component at the same points. Component L* is representative of lightness: the lower L* is, the darker the coloration is. The average thickness and the average L* component are reported as averages on the measurements at the at least 7 points.

Container 1 is a control virgin PET bottle shape container.

Container 2 is a comparative rPET container having a shape identical to container 1. Container 3 corresponds to the container described on Example 2. The letter c stands for a comparative example.

Details and results are provided on table 3.

Table 3

Table 3 shows inter alia that the loss of lightness, per pm of material, due to the use of rPET instead of virgin PET is much lower with the container of the invention (container 3 of example 2).