The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment includes taking action to eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging through redesign, innovation and new delivery models and embracing reuse models with the aim of 100% of all plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable.
“By signing the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Global Commitment, we have undertaken another important step towards a more sustainable future,” said Luc Desoutter, sustainability officer, Sidel.
“Together with our clients and business partners we want to continue playing a key role when it comes to addressing the increasing challenges of packaging, food safety and environmental impacts.”
The consumption of packaged beverage alone shows a continuous growth trend at 2.5% per annum globally and at 1.3% per annum in Europe according to Sidel.
To an extent, this green trajectory is supported by the usage of PET as primary packaging.
Due to its properties in terms of food safety, convenience, design flexibility, transparency, cost and closed loop recyclability, approximately 37% of all beverage volume is packaged in PET.
“Technologically and industrially, PET, can and glass can all be recycled. There is also an economical value in doing so: the value of a bale of PET bottles can range between 300 and 600 Euros per tonne, depending on its quality. PET can be brought back into the value chain, it shouldn’t be considered part of the problem,” added Desoutter.
“We are witnessing a significant shift in attitudes towards how PET is recycled and we want to use our engagement as part of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to support and promote this development towards maximum collection and recycling rates."