The concept of sustainable design, combining nature and technology in customized and – at the same time – functional solutions, is being increasingly applied in the packaging segment, especially in the spirits sector. Tapì Group’s innovative ABOR project makes a telling difference in this area, based on research into the reuse and creative recycling of distillation residues from clients’ products.

A revolution that returns to the material origins of the distillate and therefore to its connection with the products of the soil from which it derives: ABOR is an abbreviation from the Latin ‘ab origine’, literally ‘from the beginning’, ‘from the start’.

At Tapì, experience and continuous investment in design research and innovative processes has enabled the company to create a new range of closures, which re-use distillation residues, usually thrown away by manufacturers as waste materials. It is therefore a re-use of dry, plant material at the end of its useful life, which is combined with other materials to create intrinsically ecological, but at the same time functional closures, suitable for closing any spirit in a hermetic and completely inert fashion.

Closures can be made from marc, barley malt, sugar cane, maize, rye, agave, juniper and other natural materials from which the world’s most famous distillates are made. Through the ABOR project, the product and its history once again take centre-stage, bringing out the best in the raw materials, in their naturalness, becoming part of the packaging itself.

“ABOR is a new way of conceiving design for the spirits market and is also an opportunity to create brand awareness in an eco-sustainable way. This project has ensured that packaging for the spirits industry will never be the same again,” says Domenico Liberati, Managing Director R&D of Tapì Group, who presented the new ABOR project in London at the exclusive 2017 Spirits Strategies Congress.

Tapì is an international group specializing in the design, production and distribution of high-end technological closures for the packaging world. Tapì develops products for the spirits, wine, oil and condiments, cosmetics and beer sectors. With over 400 employees worldwide, providing support for over 3,000 bottlers in over 60 countries, Tapì has consolidated its global presence with a series of sales offices, R&D facilities and distributors. The Tapì vision is clear: to become the world’s leading supplier of alternative closures for the packaging design market. To achieve this goal, the company invests continuously in research and development, in people and in communicating its brand value and strength, with a view to growing as an international group.

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