Sidel has signed up to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. Launched in October last year by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and UN Environment, the initiative focuses on reducing plastics waste and pollution with the aim of creating a circular economy for plastics.

“By signing the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Global Commitment, we have undertaken another important step towards a more sustainable future,” said Luc Desoutter, sustainability officer at Sidel. “Together with our clients and business partners we want to continue playing a key role when it comes to addressing the increasing challenges of packaging, food safety and environmental impacts.”

Desoutter explained that “technologically and industrially, PET, metal and glass can all be recycled. There is also an economical value in doing so: the value of a bale of PET bottles can range between €300 ($337) and €600 ($675) per tonne, depending on its quality. PET can be brought back into the value chain, it shouldn’t be considered part of the problem.”

He added that “we are witnessing a significant shift in attitudes towards how PET is recycled and we want to use our engagement as part of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to support and promote this development towards maximum collection and recycling rates.”

Sidel has been collaborating with different leading industry associations to promote the unique properties of PET packaging and to develop designs for its recycling standards. Having signed the commitment among the suppliers to the plastics packaging industry, Sidel has also formulated its own additional targets.

The targets are centered around an end to end approach, which takes into account the impacts created upstream and downstream in the value chain. “When looking at packaging, not only do we need to take into account primary, secondary and tertiary packaging but also their interaction with the equipment in the factory,” said Desoutter. “We do that by always bearing in mind interests and expectations carried by the industry players, the consumers and the civil society.”