A packaging machinery supplier claims a more circular approach to plastic packaging will be key to hitting international recycling targets.
The European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy has set a target of 55% of plastics being recycled by 2030. In response, ULMA Packaging UK is advocating the need to step up with environmental initiatives, such as the #ULMAweCare project.
The plan aims to increase awareness in the packaging industry and supply chain through environmentally friendly solutions.
ULMA pointed to LeafSkin packaging, which is said to reduce plastic usage by up to 80% and is based on a 100% recyclable flat cardboard tray. It also incorporates an ‘easy open’ corner to remove the lid and a ‘recycling’ corner to separate the material from the tray and make the recycling process easier.
“The introduction of these European targets is a welcome move but it is only the first step,” said Dave Berriman, technical manager at ULMA Packaging UK.
“Doing more with less is an essential component in a circular business model, and reductions in product packaging are an integral part of this. However, in order to spark wide-ranging change on this issue, there needs to be solutions on both local and national level.”