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.
Blue Plan is the name of our Greiner-wide sustainability strategy. It encompasses all parts of our company around the world, focusing on three major priority areas, which we have identified as key issues that will shape the future:
Circular Economy Strategy
Developing innovative products
New service partnerships and business models
Pioneering materials partnerships
Entering into partnerships with raw material manufacturers as well as participating in initiatives and cofinancing machinery will ensure that Greiner Packaging has material streams that we can process in-house. By doing so, we will be able to use recycled material to meet as much of our material requirements as possible in the future, especially in the nonfood segment.
Ultimately, the circular economy strategy represents a rethinking process for Greiner Packaging in many different areas – and, in turn, an opportunity to benefit from a sustainable future in the plastics market.
Learn more: endplasticwaste.org
Plastic refuse makes up an increasingly large share of the pollution in the world’s oceans. This is a problem in Asian countries in particular, due to a lack of effective 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 million metric tons of plastic end up in Philippine waters every year. Experts believe that the country’s Pasig River alone is responsible for introducing 63,700 metric tons of plastic into the ocean annually.
Grund genug für uns, uns zu engagieren. An der Plastic Bank begeistert uns vor allem der ganzheitliche Ansatz: Die Umwelt wird gesäubert und gleichzeitig Armut bekämpft. Menschen werden dafür bezahl, Plastik-Müll zu sammeln und zu sortieren. Dadurch ändert sich ihre Einstellung gegenüber dem Material Kunststoff. Es wird nicht länger als Abfall gesehen, sondern als wertvolle Ressource.
Interested in learning more about the partnership between Greiner Packaging and Plastic Bank? Click here to see our video on the opening of our first joint collection station in Manila.
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 are working to use recycled material to cover a considerable portion of our material inputs.
Our location in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, is a founding member of the UK Plastics Pact, an initiative launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The goal of this pact is to keep plastic out of the natural environment and create a new approach for the entire packaging system.
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 70 percent of plastic packaging.
- Achieve an average share of 30 percent recycled material across all types of plastic packaging.