If material is recyclable, it means that it is theoretically able to be recycled. This does not necessarily mean the infrastructure is in place everywhere for current recycling of a product made out of that material. The recyclability of a product is based on the material(s) it is made from, and whether those materials are recyclable.
The amount of recycled content can be defined as the proportion, by mass, of recycled material in a product or packaging. This can be recycled content from both post-consumer recycled material and industrial recycled material.
The industrial process of recycling refers to the collection and treatment of a waste material so that the material can be made into a new product. An example would be the recycling of PET bottles which can be collected, sorted, shredded, washed, and treated before the material is used to make another plastic bottle.
To decrease in amount or size. In the plastic industry, “reducing” usually refers to the reduction of a product’s weight (Lightweighting), the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, or the reduction of the amount of waste.
Energy from a source that is not depleted when used. The main examples of renewable energy are wind and solar energy. However, depending on location, other methods of renewable energy, such as geothermal, are more widespread.
A company that recovers or recycles packaging waste discarded by businesses and households.
To adapt a product for a different use. This is usually associated with machinery and electronics. Repurposing occurs when a product is modified for a completely new task or for a very similar task (For example, a laptop being repurposed into a modified laptop).
Operation by which packaging is refilled or used for the same purpose for which it was conceived, with or without the support of auxiliary products (product used to support the refilling/loading of reusable packaging) present on the market, enabling the packaging to be refilled.
Similar to Lightweighting, Rightweighting looks at designing the product to ensure it is the optimum (right) weight for product performance and reduced environmental impact, as the lightest product does not necessarily always have the smallest carbon footprint.