German firm Siegwerk, one of the leading global providers of printing inks and coatings for packaging applications and labels for F&B industry, has during the first quarter of 2021 joined two important initiatives to promote circularity in packaging. The company is thus consistently pursuing its strategic direction to become a company for circular packaging solutions.
The first initiative, 4evergreen, is a cross-industry alliance with members representing the whole packaging value chain and aiming to optimize fibre-based packaging circularity as well as climate performance.
4evergreen endeavors to raise the overall recycling rate of fibre-based packaging to 90% by 2030.
The second initiative, CosPaTox, is an EU project to establish a quality standard for non-food plastic post-consumer recyclates from mixed feedstock input streams.
A recognized obstacle to introducing recycled plastics to package consumer goods is the scarcity of qualitatively acceptable recyclates. While there is a reasonably large volume of generally usable post-consumer waste already collected and processed in many EU countries, these don’t meet the legal requirements for food safety.
“The participation of different stakeholders along the value chain is a prerequisite for a high level of commitment. Finally, the standard will add to circularity taking into account consumer safety issues,” said Dr. Evert Delbanco, Director Food Safety & Toxicology