Plastics play an important role in our everyday lives: plastics protect food, hygienical products and other important goods in a way that hardly any other material is capable of. However, there is one major problem: our current plastic system isn’t working. That is why PACCOR wants to move away from a linear plastics economy towards a circular system.
The transition from a linear system towards a circular economy starts with us
and the way we design our packaging solutions. By turning this vision into reality, we are changing not only our design process, but also how we produce, dispose of and reprocess plastics. We are innovative and provide leading circular portfolio offers.
New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. Signatories include an impressive range of the world’s largest packaging producers, brands, retailers and recyclers, as well as governments and NGOs. The vision of the Global Commitment is to create a circular economy for plastic in which it never becomes waste. We have signed The New Plastic Economy Global Commitment to eradicate plastic waste and pollution. It requires that 100% of plastic packaging can easily and safely be reused, recycled or composted by 2025.
PACCOR’s circular solutions concept requires the assessment of several sustainability aspects along the value chain. Therefore, lifecycle thinking is the basis for our sustainability approach. We continuously aim to reduce the overall environmental footprint of our product value chains, instead of focussing on minimising a single impact like climate change or resource use. The assessment work at PACCOR is carried out by Group level specialists as well as external consultants and is based on ISO 14040-44. As of 2019, lifecycle assessment has been included in a range of processes. For example, in practise, we calculate the total environmental performance of our products or services throughout its lifecycle, according to the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) methodology developed and validated by the European Commission.
PACCOR has launched a new project called “Circular Events”. This initiative creates sustainability awareness and gives event organisers the opportunity to turn single-use plastic products into valuable resources for future products.
As leader on the French market we moved the standard (PS) of this market to eco-designed recyclable and recycled transparent 100 % rPET lids. This has led to a direct reduction of 200 tonnes raw material consumption and consequent reduction of the product carbon footprint impact.
Our embossed rPET cups “I’m Recyclable” are the leading example of circularity in practice: we have not only reduced the weight up to 25% compared to cups with similar functionality, but they are also produced with 100% rPET.
For the dairy market, we have increased the volume of an existing 95mm cup while reducing its weight by 10%.