Aptar launches metal-free nasal spray pump

Published: 2-Feb-2023

APF Futurity nasal spray pump certified Highly Recyclable by cyclos-HTP

Aptar Pharma has launched APF Futurity, its first metal-free, multidose nasal spray pump developed to deliver nasal saline and other comparable over-the-counter (OTC) formulations. 

Specifically designed for recyclability, APF Futurity is Aptar Pharma’s first highly recyclable nasal spray pump, having achieved a Class AA certification from cyclos-HTP for recycling streams in Europe. 

APF Futurity is made from polyolefin materials with no metal parts or recycling disruptors, thereby minimising separation efforts in recycling streams and supporting a higher quality of recyclates. 

Gael Touya, President, Aptar Pharma, commented, “As a leading provider of nasal spray pumps globally, the launch of APF Futurity is a significant step forward in our sustainability journey, underlining Aptar’s overall commitment to a more circular economy and meeting the global need for sustainable packaging solutions that are easy to recycle.” 

Part of Aptar Pharma’s Futurity sustainable solutions platform, APF Futurity meets a growing  consumer need for increased access to recyclable products. In a study conducted by Aptar Pharma in 2022, 77% of respondents indicated that it was ‘important’ or ‘very important’ that the  products they buy can be recycled. 

When used in combination with a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or polypropylene (PP)  container bottle, a product with the APF Futurity pump can be conveniently recycled as one  piece when empty after use, with no need to separate or detach any parts or materials before  disposal, a key user benefit.  

Innovative design based on proven technology 

APF Futurity is based on Aptar Pharma’s proven Advanced Preservative Free (APF) technology  platform, and has been initially developed to deliver multidose nasal saline and comparable  OTC formulations. The innovative metal-free pump, for which patent protection has been filed, delivers precise and consistent dosing with soft actuation, with no trade-off on handling and  performance. 

“APF Futurity is a game-changing innovation for the nasal spray pump industry and I am proud  of our design and engineering team for meeting the challenge of designing this metal-free nasal pump,” stated Stefan Ritsche, President Global Market Development, Consumer Health Care,  Aptar Pharma. “This is an important step in the transformation of our nasal spray portfolio to  more sustainable solutions, and we look forward to bringing additional innovations of this kind to  meet the need in the pharmaceutical industry.” 

Aptar’s commitment to sustainability 

Driven by our commitment to sustainable practices and products, with a focus on delivering  transformative solutions that improve our world, Aptar continues to shape the drug delivery and  consumer product dispensing markets.  

"Aptar continues to receive recognition for our sustainable product innovations, including the  Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP) and WorldStar Global Packaging awards, and we  were recently ranked #15 on Newsweek’s ‘America’s Most Responsible Companies’ list,” added Christophe Marie, Product Sustainability Director, Aptar. “Aptar Pharma’s launch of APF Futurity  is yet another sustainable product innovation that reinforces our pledge to care for our planet  and reduce our environmental impact." 

Aptar Pharma will unveil the APF Futurity pump at Pharmapack 2023, which takes place  February 1-2, 2023, Paris, France.

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