SIG offering beverage cartons with circular polymers from recycled plastic waste

SIG offering beverage cartons with circular polymers from recycled plastic waste

November 7, 2019
Lloyd Fuller

This new innovation from SIG demonstrates commitment to a circular economy and addressing environmental concerns about plastic waste

SIG customers will be able to respond to consumer demand for packaging made with recycled plastics by choosing SIG cartons made with certified circular polymers. This innovation reinforces SIG’s contribution to the circular economy by making use of low-quality, mixed plastic waste that would otherwise be incinerated or sent to landfill. The mixed plastic waste that is collected is treated in a process that enhances the material and transforms it into a high-quality food-grade material.

Made primarily from renewable, FSCTM-certified paper board, SIG’s beverage cartons already support the circular economy by promoting the regeneration of vital natural resources in responsibly managed forests.

“Using post-consumer recycled polymers in our packaging adds to our portfolio of solutions to help customers respond to consumer demand for more sustainable packaging,” commented Ace Fung, product manager Sustainability at SIG. “This latest innovation demonstrates SIG’s commitment to a circular economy and to address environmental concerns about plastic waste. This is another positive strive forward for SIG and the carton packaging industry.”

SIG is among a select group of companies – and states that it is the first in the beverage carton industry – to partner in the foundation stage of development of recycled polymers from post-consumer waste by its supplier, SABIC. This partnership highlights SIG’s commitment to a more sustainable future through new solutions that support a circular economy.

The recycled polymers offer the same high quality and have the same properties as polymers made entirely from virgin raw materials. Any contaminants are eliminated during processing, making the recycled content completely safe for food packaging.

“Certified circular polymers from SABIC TRUCIRCLE initiative will act as a bridge moving from a linear economy to a circular one and will enable the value chain to become familiar with the products and consider how they can best be implemented in their own markets,” stated Frank Kuijpers, general manager Corporate Sustainability at SABIC. “Our collaboration with SIG is a good example of how this product can be implemented in the beverage carton market for the first time and can help meet consumer demand for more sustainable products and will contribute to closing the loop on re-utilizing plastic waste.”

The recycled polymers offered by SIG will be certified to the ISCC PLUS standard to enable customers to trace recycled content throughout the value chain from post-consumer waste streams to processing and use in the production of new cartons.

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