24 July, 2019 Sustainability

Plastic, most eco-friendly raw material when optimally recycled

We are absolutely convinced plastic is the most environmentally-friendly material for the exponential manufacture of packages and bags for just one reason: for more than a century we have been learning how to use it sustainably and have been constantly researching ways to recover and reuse its raw material.

Today’s recycling system is straightforward and efficient. That is why our efforts focus on developing 100% recyclable products and on using plastic waste as raw material. Just a few meters away from every home in Spain there is a curb side yellow bin where you can throw away, mind, not all plastic but only plastic packages. This measure makes the life of waste recycling plants much easier.

From an environmental perspective, the main problem with this material is the way it is used and then thrown away in the environment. If we all recycle and try not to generate new waste, the impact of every plastic bag and package on the environment would be much lower than that of making paper or bioplastics bags.

Which is why we support the #NoCulpesAlPlástico campaign launched by AIMPLAS, ANAIP, ANARPLA, AVEP, CICLOPLAST AND PlasticsEurope. We back their efforts to explain the benefits of plastics based on reliable data and to make people aware of the importance of using plastics the right way.

Society is not yet ready for biocompostable plastics as it has been shown that these materials encourage a bad use of plastic based on the false assumption that “it will decompose in time”. Unfortunately, this type of biocompostable materials decompose under specific temperature and moisture conditions that only special composting plants can provide.

The solution lies in the hands of us all and only through the combined effort of businesses and society can we find the best solution.

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