SUPRAVIS, a leading European company offering barrier and high barrier flexible film packaging for the food industry, has joined the Polish Plastics Pact, which aims to facilitate a circular economy for plastics in packaging.
According to SUPRAVIS, the company tries to stay ahead of future legislative restrictions by actively monitoring sources of information and working on solutions that will assist customers in facing new requirements. The company considers setting objectives for protecting the environment against the adverse impact of human activities as a task for every member of the value chain.
The company adds that this goal involves mutual cooperation to develop practical solutions, alongside education – especially for end-customers, who apparently require additional support in the process of closing the loop on materials. “We are convinced that close cooperation of members of different organisations is the best approach to provide innovative and recyclable packaging solutions,” the company explains.
SUPRAVIS says that joining the Polish Plastics Pact offers it the opportunity to cooperate as part of an intersectoral initiative working together to change the current model of plastics use in the packaging industry. While the company views joining the Pact as a challenge due to the specified tasks and objectives for members, it also considers this an important opportunity.
The Polish Plastics Pact is part of the Plastics Pact network overseen by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which SUPRAVIS says demonstrates both its local reach and international character. Current members include manufacturers of packaging and packaging components, recycling companies, packaging market experts, and other pro-environmental organisations.
The Pact has established strategic objectives to be achieved by 2025, including identifying and eliminating excessive and problematic packaging with the additional goal of reducing the use of virgin plastics in packaging by 30% and increasing the share of recycled materials to 25%.
Additionally, the Polish Plastics Pact is aiming for 100% of plastic packaging to be either reused or recycled. The role of the Pact is reportedly also to improve the quality and efficiency of consumer education in sorting, recycling, and reducing the usage of packaging.
The Pact, which was established one year ago, has already established workgroups responsible for specific issues, defined terms for a common understanding of objectives and areas of activities, and developed a uniform reporting system. This has led to the creation of the PPP Opening Report, which describes the baseline scenarios for the Pact’s six strategic objectives, and the Excessive and Problematic Packaging Report.
Three years ago, SUPRAVIS joined CEFLEX, a European initiative with approximately 185 members involved in manufacturing, distributing, and processing plastic packaging. The main goals of CEFLEX are to increase the share of flexible plastics kept in circulation as part of a circular economy, which includes boosting collection, and creating a chain of cooperation to enhance packaging design and recyclability.
The company concludes: “In our opinion, combining membership in two organisations such as CEFLEX and the Polish Plastics Pact, offers us enormous opportunities for cooperation with experts, facilitates an efficient transfer of knowledge and experiences, and contributes to visible changes in the packaging functioning in the market.
“As a responsible manufacturer, we want to participate in intersectoral initiatives, so the motto promoting our company - “Trustworthy Packaging” - gained another dimension in a context of an active influence on the development of the circular economy.”