Evertis has joined the U.S. Plastics Pact, a collaborative, solutions-driven initiative rooted in four ambitious goals intended to drive significant systems change by unifying diverse cross-sector approaches, setting a national strategy, and creating scalable solutions to create a path forward toward a circular economy for plastics in the United States by 2025.

The first North American Pact of its kind, the U.S. Pact is a collaboration led by The Recycling Partnership, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

As part of the U.S. Pact, activators like Evertis recognize that significant, systemwide change is imperative to realize a circular economy for plastics. As such, the U.S. Pact will convene more than 70 brands, retailers, NGOs, and government agencies across the plastics value chain to bring one voice to U.S. packaging through coordinated initiatives and innovative solutions for rethinking products, packaging, and business models.

“Developing PET based films since the earlies 90’s, we are very proud to say that we already recycle and reuse the scrap of all our multilayer films, claiming zero waste in our plants. We also already incorporate from 30% to 100% of recycled PET in our products. However, for this to make sense and have a real impact in our lives and our world we always need to do more but mainly, we need to do this together. Standing alone means nothing, but together we will make the difference. That´s why it is imperative to be part of these kind of initiatives where we all share the same ideas and values and work together to really close the loop.”- Casimiro Sacchetti, CSO Evertis Americas.

As a founding Activator of the U.S. Plastics Pact, Evertis has agreed to collectively deliver against these four ambitious goals:
• Define a list of packaging to be designated as problematic or unnecessary by 2021 and take measures to eliminate them by 2025.
• By 2025, all plastic packaging is 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable.
• By 2025, undertake ambitious actions to effectively recycle or compost 50% of plastic packaging.
• By 2025, the average recycled content or responsibly sourced bio-based content in plastic packaging will be 30%.

While the U.S. Pact is complementary to, and follows the ambitious precedents set by the existing global network of Plastic Pacts, it will be tailored to meet the unique needs and challenges of the U.S. market. The Pact will reflect national priorities and realities, while still propelling the nation closer to other developed nations in its management of plastic waste.

“Together through the U.S. Plastics Pact, we will ignite system change to accelerate progress toward a circular economy,” says Sarah Dearman, Vice President of Circular Ventures for The Recycling Partnership. “The U.S. Pact will accelerate systemwide change by inspiring and supporting upstream innovation through a coordinated national strategy, creating a unified framework and enabling members to accelerate progress toward our ambitious 2025 sustainability goals. Members’ full participation will be vital to reaching our shared goals.”

Achieving this vision will require new levels of accountability from all facets of the plastics supply chain. The U.S. Pact emphasizes measurable change and as such, Evertis is committed to transparent, annual reporting, guided by WWF’s ReSource: Plastic Footprint Tracker, which will be used to document annual progress against our four goals. The first task of the founding members of the U.S. Plastics Pact will be to establish a “roadmap” in Q1 2021 to identify key milestones and national solutions to achieving the U.S. targets and realize a circular economy in which plastic never becomes waste.

Evertis Recycling Commitments

Evertis envisions a future with increased use of recycled content in their films, greater recyclability of their products and lowest feasible carbon footprint where their group plays a leading role in sensitizing local communities to the benefits of recycling PET and advancing a closed loop economy.

One of Evertis biggest contributions to a Circular Economy is through their commitment to increase recycled content in their films, with a current target of incorporating 50% post-consumer and post-industrial recycled content. The know-how and technology of Evertis processes allows them to optimize the percentage of RPET included on an orderto-order basis by evaluating the quality and cost of the available material. Evertis films comply to FDA and EFSA standards for direct food contact applications for up to 100% recycled content and their quality department guarantees that new package materials meet quality and technical performance.

Through Evertis’ advanced processes, they use all internal scrap of multilayer and single layer products. Evertis’ strict waste management system and reuse policy allows them to meet the objective of “zero landfilled scrap in all their plants” and reincorporate 100% of the scrap produced in extrusion and slitting processes.

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Written by Kevin Gambrill