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Recycled Packaging

Recycled Packaging

In the year 2000, at the company’s incorporation, the most popular medium for plastic packaging was PVC, due to its attractive price and ease of use. However on the negative side, PVC was not sustainable i.e. not from a renewable source, and had an ever increasing poor reputation for environmental health.  

Clear Packaging Ltd, at the behest of the Supermarkets, set about developing a new medium. Initially this was APET (Amorphous Polyethylene Terephthalate), which needed a significant investment in equipment, and then latterly RPET (Recycled PET).  RPET came about due to two bits of legislation, the EC Directive on Packaging and Packaging waste which stated that all packaging must be recoverable, and the EU Landfill Directive which set targets to reduce the about biological and other waste that ended up in landfill. 

The best end use for plastic, as determined by life cycle analysis, was recycling. Any initiative had to be market driven and as the bottle market had adopted PET as its medium of choice, suddenly there was critical mass and the PET recycling industry was born. Clear Packaging had to overcome certain difficulties related to using this substrate, which it did, and now RPET forms over 90% of our raw material usage. Our brand recyClear is 100% recycled PET.