Ball

Aerosol Cans

Aerosols offer consumers a superior experience both in our homes and outdoors. From pest control to home spray to hair spray, aerosol products are integrated into numerous aspects of our everyday lives. Today’s aerosol cans are efficient, environmentally safe, convenient, and recyclable.


SUSTAINABILITY BREAKTHROUGH IN ALUMINUM AEROSOL PACKAGING

NUGGETSBALLAEROSOL_2020-11_125x125.jpgAerosol can manufacturing technology had not changed for several decades, but this changed in 2010 when Ball started working on ReAl®, a revolutionary new aerosol can technology that offers multiple economic and environmental advantages (see case study below).

Ball’s Aerosol Packaging business has developed ReAl®, a lightweight alternative to standard aluminium used in aerosol can manufacturing. ReAl® permits up to a 20% lighter container than standard aluminium and provides up to an 18% lower carbon footprint. Visit our All About ReAl® page to learn more about this innovative technology.
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Our New Aluminum Bottle

Our new range of lightweight Infinity aluminum bottles are designed to provide a circular solution to plastic pollution.

Available in various shapes, sizes and formats, the bottles can be customized for use as food and beverage containers, as well as for beauty and personal care products – for example as an alternative to plastic shampoo bottles.

They are ideal for all kinds of products, from body creams and soap to alcoholic spirits, energy shots, dressings, syrups and condiments. The bottles can be branded without the use of sleeves or labels, via printing directly onto the aluminum.

With a reclosable threaded cap that allows consumers to twist the top on and off, the bottles are, of course, infinitely recyclable, and can be turned into other aluminum products over and over again.

 
Customer Perspective

“Henkel’s ambition is to achieve "more with less" and to triple our efficiency in just 20 years. We understand that to have our products deliver more value with a reduced environmental footprint, our partners are key to driving sustainability along our value chain.

Since 2014, the collaboration between Henkel Beauty Care and Ball Corporation on ReAl® fit right into our sustainability strategy. Not only did our internal product sustainability assessment indicate early on that ReAl® would be a key contributor to our corporate goals, but it also allowed us to reinforce our leadership position by being the first brand to fully commercialize this new technology. Smart packaging solutions like ReAl® are fully recyclable, perform better while using the least possible material, and do not sacrifice design or shelf presence.

With the Fa antiperspirant and deodorant relaunch in 2015, we began using the most recent generation of ReAl® aerosol cans, yielding packaging that is up to 15 percent lighter. For 150- and 200-milliliter sized cans, Fa’s aerosols are now the lightest available cans on the market. With ReAl®
, everyone wins – Henkel, Ball and the environment.

We are excited about what we have achieved so far and wanted to recognize that by awarding Ball the “Sustainability Award Beauty Care 2015.” However, we need Ball to continue on that path. We are seeking strategic partnerships that result in innovative solutions and that allow us to develop additional growth potential.”

 
- Dr. Thomas Förster, Corporate Vice President R&D Beauty Care, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

 
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SMALLER CANS, SMALLER FOOTPRINT

Weight optimization of our cans contributes significantly to reducing our carbon footprint. The less metal we use per container, the smaller the amount of embedded carbon. We intend to make the lightest possible metal containers while meeting our customers’ performance requirements. Weight optimization is also a key contributor to our customers’ value chain carbon footprint reduction efforts. Weight optimization saves significant metal, costs, energy and emissions when multiplied by the more than 100 billion cans Ball produces each year. In 2020, the milestone of producing 1.5 billion aerosol cans using Ball’s ReAl® alloy was passed. Since starting production in 2014, this innovation has enabled lightweighting, saving more Aerosol_72p.jpgthan 49,000 metric tons of GHG emissions.


AEROSOL RECYCLING

Just like any other metal container, aluminum aerosol cans are recyclable. For the last decade, Ball worked with customers and other partners (such as the Consumer Aerosol Products Council in the U.S. or the British Aerosol Manufacturers' Association in the United Kingdom) to promote the collection of empty aerosol cans. While challenges remain with accurate data on recycling rates and consumer access to recycling, we have made significant progress. For example, the U.K.’s consumer education program MetalMatters, which Ball developed and supports, was instrumental in doubling the number of local authorities that accept aerosols in their recycling schemes from 2011 to 2015 and achieves a 96% acceptance rate. Also, a 2016 study on access to recycling in the U.S. showed that recycling availability for aluminum aerosol stands at 72%, making aerosol cans a widely recyclable container in the U.S.