The function of Pet Preform packaging is undeniable. It protects our food, extends the life of the food, and transports and sanitizes food and beverages. However, after the package has finished its work and the product has been unpacked and consumed, it is often improperly disposed of and eventually placed where it does not belong. As a sustainability manager, Jilian is modelling the function of packaging and creating a sustainable future.
New plastic economy – from linear systems to circulatory systems
The Alan MacArthur Foundation’s new plastic economy based on the principles of circular economy also clearly articulates this mission. In a circular economy, valuable materials are kept in the resource cycle for as long as possible, minimizing waste and pollution. This cycle can be achieved through actions throughout the production chain. The Alan MacArthur Foundation defines it in three key transformation strategies that emphasize circular economy: redesign, reuse, and recycling. These pillars are also clearly reflected in the three ambitions of the new plastics economy:
1. Create an effective waste plastics economy
Reuse and recycling are good ways to keep plastics out of the supply chain and thus get out of nature. They are not wasting precious resources, but they can be made into new products. Jilian Plastics produces a total of 65,000 tons of food grade recycled PET per year. The greenhouse gas emissions caused by this material are only one-tenth of the level produced when new materials are manufactured.
2. Significantly reduce plastic leakage into natural systems
While recycling is a good way to achieve this goal, this ambition must be much earlier in the production process. To reduce the amount of plastic leaking into nature, companies even need to manage materials before they become products. Jilian Plastics started its own zero particle loss program and implemented various measures at the factory to reduce the loss of valuable materials. We are very proud of the results. For example, with the help of a collection tray, we can now collect particles that are lost during the production process. In this way, we can prevent particles from leaking into the environment.
3. Separating plastic from fossil raw materials
The last of the three ambits calls for new innovations and research on recyclable or bio-based alternatives to raw materials. That’s why we work with plastics made from plants such as sugar cane and participate in the development of the plant-based material polyethylene glycol ester (PEF). In the future, PEF will be obtained from food waste or other second-generation raw materials. This can save fossil resources such as oil or natural gas.
China Plastic Handle Manufacturers are constantly looking for new ways to achieve these three goals to ensure that materials reach their full potential and that the environment is not compromised by improper handling. In my opinion, sustainability can be achieved by redesigning existing systems – by leading the ideas of innovation and innovation, and following these ambitions, we can take advantage of the capabilities of plastic packaging while reducing the impact on the environment.