In the European Union, by 2030 all plastic packaging must be recyclable or reusable. And flexible monomaterials are the most efficient solution to achieve this goal.
Rethinking product design based on the logic of the circular economy is today a priority for the entire plastic chain, especially for the packaging industry. An essential step in the packaging development process based on circularity, the so-called design for recyclability , brings a new form of efficient production without affecting the environment, in addition to satisfying the consumer demands, which has already shown in different investigations that they will be inclined to choose a sustainable product, given two similar options.
When a package is designed to facilitate recycling, it not only reduces its environmental impact, but also promotes socioeconomic development. According to the 2017 Profile study by Abiplast, the Brazilian Association of the Plastic Industry, each ton of recycled material produced generates more than three jobs for recyclers who collect this volume in the month. And, according to a survey conducted by the National Union of Urban Cleaning Companies (Selurb), Brazil produces around 10.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. If all of this material were recycled, it would put about a billion dollars back into the economy.
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