What are PET/PE containers and why are they revolutionary

Separating plastic packaging and recycling it has become an increasingly popular habit among citizens, who understand that, with this simple gesture, they are contributing to the protection of the environment, an unavoidable task nowadays. Plastics recycling is soaring, to the extent that the global plastics recycling market is expected to register an Average Annual Growth…

California companies race to meet packaging sustainability standards

The state of California has been adamant about sustainability and has made it mandatory for plastic bottles to contain 50% recycled material by 2030. This is one of the most ambitious laws to date, being the first state in the United States to establish a minimum recycled content in bottle manufacturing. The question is whether…

Large companies join the circular economy: The Nestlé case

The transition from a linear “throwaway” economy to a circular economy, that seeks to optimise resources by extending their life span and promoting their reuse, is not only the responsibility of citizens, but also of companies. And, precisely, this is one of the great socio-economic challenges of the 21st century, included in the United Nations’…

What the new EU plan for the supply of key raw materials means

Critical raw materials are those economically vital metals, minerals and materials that are essential to the functioning of a wide variety of industrial ecosystems and, therefore present a high supply risk. Regarding this, the new Plan launched by the EU proposes to reinforce the open strategic autonomy of the Old Continent. It warns that the…

Why is it key not to confuse plastic recycling with other toxic processes?

The term “recycling” should only be applied to processes that transform plastic into plastic. It is key not to confuse this process with other substitutes as there is a risk of contaminating the undoubted benefits of sustainable and clean plastic recycling with other techniques that have little or nothing to do with it. The petrochemical…

How COVID-19 has affected plastics recycling

8 septiembre 2020 Due to confinement, consumer habits have changed overnight. Especially in large cities, consumption began to shift from restaurants and school canteens to the home, which become the centre for food consumption. As a result, the selective collection of lightweight household packaging, including plastics, cans, and cartons, has increased 15% in recent months.…