2019 is set to be a key year for the launch of new, more sustainable material structures by plastic converters aiming to comply with the new European Strategy for Plastics – introduced to ensure all plastic packaging is 100 per cent recyclable by 2030.

For SP Group, the major goals for 2019 are related to sustainability, such as:

  • Creating mono-material structures
  • Developing biodegradable and compostable packaging
  • Reducing its carbon footprint

The company has also been making improvements when it comes to some of its other key objectives, including downgauging and incorporating recovered material from the post-industrial recycling process.


In recent years the SP Group has introduced new techniques aimed at achieving greater sustainability. Its rPET (recycled PET) is a case in point, giving a high-quality post-consumption material a new use. The benefits of recycled PET include:

  • A significant reduction in carbon footprint, with 75 per cent fewer CO2 emissions than traditional polyester.
  • A considerable reduction in plastic waste.

Big brands are fully aware of public concerns, and many of them have already announced measures to ensure none of their packaging ends up in landfill or discarded in the environment. They are committed to making their packaging 100 per cent recyclable or reusable to put an end to plastic waste.

For a mono-material base and top film, SP GROUP recommends combining the rPET tray with the SOL EFFICIENT top film. This match results in a polyester-based mono-material packaging that is 100 per cent recyclable.

Since 2016, SP GROUP has been reducing the use of virgin material in its production of rigid laminates, by reusing the offcuts recycled by its clients. Currently, the company is also working to reduce virgin material in extrusion processes. This ensures the company is 100 per cent responsible for its product and environmental impact.

SP GROUP is consolidating its commitment to the circular economy with projects in Spain, Portugal and France, and maintains its focus on research.

“We are committed to manufacturing recyclable mono-material structures to meet the demands of new consumers and the European Commission,” says a company spokesperson.

This content was sponsored by SP GROUP.