Plastic is currently the biggest enemy of our global seas and marine life. Due to public interest in this subject, pressure on all market players is mounting to find new solutions for a circular economy. Future generations must be able to find a healthy environment. Therefore, measures to protect the environment and resources are part of our values and corporate strategy. Here you can discover what we as a company and with our packaging are doing for sustainability:
In 2018, the European Union massively tightened the existing guideline for packaging and packaging waste. By 2030, all plastic packaging must be recyclable, of which 55% effectively recycled. Currently, less than 30% of all plastic packaging is collected. A substantial part of plastic waste collected cannot effectively be recycled and, despite being sorted, is burnt.
A quick look at the material flows of packaging shows: In Europe, there are around 80 million tons of plastic waste. Of these, around 20 million tons consist of plastic packaging, of which around 4 million tons are flexible consumer packaging. Of these, only 1 million ton consists of multi-material combinations, which are the biggest challenge in the recycling stream.
Together with the industry, our customers and consumers, we want to achieve the ambitious goals of the EU and thus make a considerable contribution to the circular economy.
We are therefore working intensively on several approaches:
We are developing new barrier tubes, which are already recyclable, and
Our RECYCLED tubes contain up to 80% of recycled, food-grade material.
Our bioplastic solutions offer a much lower carbon footprint compared to conventional plastic tubes.
The less material used for a tube, the less the environmental impact measured in terms of carbon footprint.
Composite materials have the advantage of providing incomparable protection of the product content with relatively little use of materials.
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Tubes from mono-materials such as PE and PP are generally recyclable, if the cap is of the same material than the tube body. However, in many countries, the fitting recycling stream is still not available to consumers. The majority of empty tubes are energy recovered or end up in landfills.
The challenge is even greater for multi-layer tubes containing aluminum, like standard Polyfoil®tubes: In Europe, composite materials are not yet collected separately, and due to its barrier layer, the tubes end up in the aluminum stream.
As a stakeholder of CEFLEX and More Recycling, we are working in two directions: We are developing new, recyclable mono-material barrier tubes, that fit APR and PRE RecyClass guidelines and are recyclable in existing rigid streams in North-America & Europe.. The other direction with CEFLEX is to establish collection, sorting and reprocessing recycling systems for flexible packaging by 2025, where multi-layer tubes could fit into.
Our RECYCLED tubes contain up to 75% of recycled, food-grade material. For the tube body and the shoulder, we use 50% rHDPE, for example, from recycled milk bottles. 25% consists of rLDPE from the laminate production of a long-standing supplier. With RECYCLED, you save on new material and plastic joins the cycle rather than the environment.
Our bioplastic solutions offer a much lower carbon footprint compared to conventional plastic tubes. With the PICEA™ tube, we go the extra mile: It contains a wood-bioplastic combination exclusively made for us with 10% spruce sawdust from Germany. This wood has an even lower carbon emission balance per kilogram than residual bioplastic, making this tube an absolute CO2 star. Our bioplastic tubes meet Ecocert and Cosmos requirements.
The less material used for a tube, the less the environmental impact measured in terms of carbon footprint. Tubes are generally lighter than plastic bottles and present a weight advantage for the same volume. Thin-walled tubes are standard in our company. Yet there are still savings potentials with the caps and shoulder geometry. These need to be applied, without reducing the value and barriers of a tube.
Composite materials have the advantage of providing incomparable protection of the product content with relatively little use of materials. They are highly developed and meet regulatory requirements concerning the used raw materials. Through their protective properties, they increase the life of expensive pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. Because insufficiently protected pharmaceutical and cosmetic products could lead to even greater environmental impact compared to the impact of the packaging material itself.