Waste not, want not: Aptar creates metal-free nasal spray pump to boost recyclability

Aptar Pharma wants to reduce the waste generated by your nasal spray pumps. With the launch of APF Futurity, the drug delivery specialist has made a metal-free, multidose nasal spray pump available to meet demand for recyclable products. 

Last year, 77% of respondents to an Aptar poll said it is important that the products they buy can be recycled. Nasal sprays have traditionally contained components such as metal parts that make them hard to recycle. While the plastic may be recyclable, the need to separate or detach parts before disposal is an impediment to the material actually being recycled. 

Aptar developed APF Futurity to eliminate that barrier to recycling. The device is made from polyolefin materials and is free from metal parts and recycling disruptors. As such, APF Futurity should minimize the need to separate components in recycling streams and support a higher quality of recyclates.

“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,” Gael Touya, president, Aptar Pharma, said in a statement.

Aptar has received third-party validation of its claims about the recyclability of APF Futurity. Cyclos-HTP, a company specializing in the recyclability of packaging and goods, certified that the nasal spray is 90% to 95% recyclable. The certification categorizes the device as highly recyclable. 

The device is designed for the delivery of nasal saline and other comparable over-the-counter products. Aptar framed the launch as part of a broader push to make its nasal spray portfolio more sustainable.