Earlier this year, Berry announced its sustainability strategy Impact 2025, and has pledged to design 100 percent of its packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025. As part of this commitment and in support of circular economy, Berry is always advancing to utilize new and innovative methods to create more environmentally sustainable packaging. Included in the Company’s efforts is the collaboration with trusted suppliers to aid in the advancement of the packaging industry as a whole.
SABIC announced at the end of 2018 its intended project to build a semi-commercial unit in
During 2019, SABIC has already produced initial volumes of these certified circular polymers using its existing manufacturing facilities. From this initial volume, Berry has manufactured a recyclable, coextruded stand-up pouch containing 30 percent PCR sourced from SABIC’s circular polymer. Berry has committed to continue to utilize a portion of these materials, which have the potential to be used in polypropylene (PP) or polyethylene (PE) applications in the Company’s European consumer packaging facilities.
“As a leader in sustainable packaging, we place a high value on innovation surrounding the methods by which we recover valuable plastic materials,” said
Known benefits of chemical recycling include the ability to recycle mixed plastic waste that would have otherwise been destined for landfill or incineration. Unlike mechanical recycling, the process of chemical recycling removes all contaminants, including inks and colorants, returning post-consumer plastic to a quality indistinguishable from virgin material, suitable for direct food contact.
“SABIC is proud to be the first petrochemical company to implement a project for the chemical recycling of challenging plastic waste into feedstock for steam crackers. This exciting project is testament to our commitment to scale up advanced chemical recycling processes of plastics back to the original polymer,” said
Berry is a leader in design for recycling, and continues to stay abreast of recycling innovations. This work to support chemical recycling is complemented by Berry’s long list of sustainability initiatives, including being a signatory to the
The collaboration between Berry and SABIC reflects both companies’ commitment to driving a circular economy for plastics. Berry has been a vocal advocate in support of recycling, regardless of means, and is making a bold stance to encourage the use and development of chemical recycling.
“We believe chemical recycling is complementary to mechanical recycling. We are excited about the potential of chemical recycling to recover harder to recycle materials and keep them in the circular economy,” said
“As consumer demand for sustainable packaging continues to increase, we continue to advance the innovative ways by which we supply these markets. We anticipate chemical recycling will play a critical role in the reuse of valuable materials, keeping more plastics in the value chain and out of the waste stream,” said Salmon.
SABIC is a global leader in diversified chemicals headquartered in
SABIC supports its customers by identifying and developing opportunities in key end markets such as construction, medical devices, packaging, agri-nutrients, electrical and electronics, transportation and clean energy.
SABIC recorded a net profit of
SABIC has more than 33,000 employees worldwide and operates in around 50 countries. Fostering innovation and a spirit of ingenuity, SABIC has 11,738 global patent filings, and significant research resources with innovation hubs in five key geographies –
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