Through this transformation in the way plastic packaging is designed, produced, used and recycled.
How can I make my plastic container more sustainable?
Through the ecodesign of your products
Products must be designed according to criteria of reparability, upgradeability, reusability and recyclability. The European Commission plans to relate the costs of financial contribution of the extended producer responsibility to the cost of the end of life of the product, i.e. its management.
The ecodesign implies an analysis of the product that allows its optimization and a reduction of costs related to the amount of materials used, with a more efficient transport or with the greater efficiency of the process. In addition, thanks to this process of ecodesign, a product with a lower carbon footprint is obtained. The ecodesign of the product can suppose a reduction of the environmental impact of up to 80% and a related economic saving.
Using plastic materials based on renewable sources
Using plastic material from a renewable source can reduce the product’s carbon footprint. The use of renewable plastic materials, in those products where it is possible, is an environmental benefit. It is essential that these products, and in general the renewable resources, are used in cascade with several cycles of reuse and recycling.
Incorporating recycled plastic
Using recycled material as opposed to virgin material means a reduction in the product’s carbon footprint and economic savings in raw materials. In general, the use of recycled plastic has a lower environmental impact than the use of virgin material.
Improving the recyclability of packaging
By 2030, 100% of products must be recyclable. To this end, companies must ensure the recyclability of their products. The recycling of plastic materials is a clear necessity in this environment. It has been estimated that the plastics recycling capacity needs to be expanded and modernized.
Developing biodegradable or compostable packaging
Bioplastics are currently used in numerous applications, but the packaging sector accounts for almost 60 percent of all applications. In the rigid packaging sector the most common applications are in cosmetic packaging as well as in beverage bottles.
Moreover, in the flexible packaging sector, the diversity of biomaterials is much wider, with food packaging being more likely to be made from biodegradable plastics. There are numerous applications for biodegradable films and trays for fruit and vegetables, as well as for sweets or dry foods such as tea or muesli.
Optimizing transformation processes
It implies less energy consumption and less waste generation. Sustainable materials should be considered and whenever there are documents on best available techniques, they should be used. In addition, substances and products of concern should be substituted and innovative technologies used.
Evaluating the processes, redefining the established, implementing control technologies can help to have economic savings related to the disappearance of inefficiencies, shorter cycles, temperatures and pressures adjusted to the material and the product, less generation of waste and less consumption of materials among others.
At Tria, we are committed to environmental sustainability as one of the main challenges of society and therefore, responding to this challenge has been one of the main pillars of our strategy in recent years.
To this end, we advise companies on eco-design, seek the best formulas for incorporating waste into the production process, seek new applications for recycled materials, promote the use of renewable and biodegradable materials and optimize the processes of transformation and waste recovery.