There are still a number of obstacles that need to be overcome on the road to a successful circular economy. We know this. But no effort is too great for us, and we are taking numerous steps to make our economic system more sustainable.
Learn more about our initiatives, projects, and partnerships below.
Plastics for Life is the name of our overarching sustainability strategy at Greiner AG. It focuses on five areas: products, supply chain, environment & resources, employees, communication, and social commitment. Greiner Packaging is involved in all these areas, placing a special focus on environment & resources. Greiner AG published its first sustainability report in 2019. For further information on Greiner’s key topics and goals in the area of sustainability, please visit sustainability.greiner.com.
Plastic refuse makes up an increasing share of the pollution in the world’s oceans. This is a problem in Asian countries in particular due to a lack of functioning waste management systems in these regions. China and Indonesia are the world’s biggest producers of plastic refuse, followed by the Philippines. An estimated 2,000,000 tons of plastic end up in the ocean here every year. Experts believe that the country’s Pasig River is alone responsible for introducing 63,700 metric tons of plastic into the ocean every year.
We saw this situation as reason enough to get involved. We’re particularly impressed by Plastic Bank’s end-to-end approach, which cleans up the environment while simultaneously fighting poverty. Paying people to collect and sort plastic refuse changes their attitude toward plastic as a material. They no longer see it as waste, but rather as a valuable resource.
Interested in learning more about the partnership between Greiner Packaging and Plastic Bank? Check out our video on the opening of our first joint collection point in Manila here.
In addition to the minimum targets, Greiner Packaging has set itself the following goals for 2025:
- We are taking steps to eliminate problematic and unnecessary plastic packaging.
- We are aiming to make all our plastic packaging 100 percent recyclable, reusable, or compostable.
- We want recycled materials to cover a significant share of the materials we utilize.
The 42 signatories to the pact have set themselves the following goals for 2025:
- Take actions to eliminate single-use plastics through redesign, innovations, or alternative (reuse) delivery models.
- Make 100 percent of plastic packaging recyclable, reusable, or compostable.
- Effectively recycle or compost seventy percent of plastic packaging.
- Achieve an average share of 30 percent recycled material across all types of plastic packaging.
- Reduce the greenhouse gases we produce by more than 16 percent by 2020.
- Boost our energy efficiency by a minimum of 20 percent.
- Use at least 34 percent renewable sources (10 percent in the transport and mobility areas).
The companies already succeeded in meeting all their targets a year before the official deadline. They are now working to set additional climate goals.
These materials are more difficult to recycle due to their chemical properties. Moreover, there’s still no guaranteed or sufficiently pure sources of recycled materials from the food segment. We’re working on a circular economy for PP and PE in two projects:
- Rec2Pack: This project tests the use of recycled materials for non-food and food products.
- CIRCUMAT: In this project, we’re researching recycling methods for refuse in the non-food segment.