EVERTIS AWARDED FOR THEIR SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION FOR THE TRAY-TO-TRAY SOLUTION BY APEE (ASSOCIAÇÃO PORTUGUESA DE ÉTICA EMPRESARIAL)

Evertis’ achievement in a recyclable solution for the PET multilayer trays has been recognized by APPE (Associação Portuguesa de Ética Empresarial), and the Portuguese-based group has been awarded for their efforts towards SDG 12 and the Circular Economy.

APEE was founded with the objective of promoting the development of ethics in organizations, with full integration in their management practices and, consequently, in their environment. APEE and the United Nations Global Compact Network Portugal have jointly launched the 15th Edition of Social Responsibility Week, addressing how Portugal can take the next ten years as an opportunity to build a more sustainable future from an economic, social and environmental perspective and settling “2020-2030 as the decade of sustainability”.

Several partners, public-private institutions, and companies actively contributed to a week of in-depth reflection on sustainability, within the scope of the United Nations Agenda 2030. During this week, the association aimed to distinguish organizations from the public and private sectors, with and without profit, for their practices on Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

EVERTIS’ TRAY TO TRAY SOLUTION

Evertis’ tray-to-tray solution gives post-industrial and post-consumer multilayer packaging another life. This development proves that a circular economy for trays is a reality.

Evertis partnered with the Plastic Sense Foundation, permits incorporating recycled PET, obtained from a delamination processes of multilayer waste, and reintroduced as secondary raw material in their film production processes.

Thanks to this, Evertis supports the European Plastics Strategy, which establishes that 10 million recycled tons can be incorporated into new products in the European Union market in 2025.

Evertis Ibérica is certified under the ECOSENSE Certificate obtained in July 2019, contributing to an increasingly transparent European plastic industry. The Certificate is granted by the Plastic Sense Foundation, who recognizes the work of companies such as Evertis, either PET sheet and tray producers, as well as food packers.

PLAYING SEVERAL POSITIVE IMPACTS

Despite that multilayer films are not widely recycled, Evertis demonstrates that films with barrier can be recycled, closing the loop in the PET value chain. This solution is paramount since multilayer films cannot be substituted by monoloyer films as they do not meet the requirements for guaranteeing shelf life and food conservation. Reducing food loss and waste represents 10% of global carbon emissions, avoiding this directly contributes to fighting climate change.

In addition to this, Evertis’ PET multilayer trays use environmentally friendly adhesives, as avoiding non-recyclable adhesives such as polyurethane, permits the delamination process. Using PET also reduces the negative environmental impact since PET is a lightweight material that allows a large quantity of product to be packaged while using a small amount of material.

Evertis’ Tray-to-tray solution is developed under their Circular Economy pledge. Evertis is aware that the fulfillment of their ESG responsibilities is essential to maintain a positive impact and they work towards complying with a sustainability roadmap. In this regard, they develop objectives, programs, and actions to drive sustainable development throughout their sustainability model, based on 5 pillars: Governance, Circular Economy, Innovation, Environment and People.

For more information go to www.evertis.com

Written by Kevin Gambrill

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