Ekokem to deliver recycled raw material to plastic packaging manufacturer Amerplast

Ekokem to deliver recycled raw material to plastic packaging manufacturer Amerplast

May 27, 2016
Energy & resource efficiency

Amerplast Ltd. and Ekokem Corporation have entered into a cooperation agreement on the delivery of recycled raw materials, leading to more sustainable and environmentally-friendly packaging solutions. 

According to the agreement, Amerplast will use recycled plastic materials from the Ekokem Plastic Refinery, due to begin operating in the summer of 2016, for the manufacture of plastic bags and flexible packaging.

The cooperation is a tangible example of the circular economy in action, involving the manufacture of plastic bags and flexible packaging material from recycled CIRCO® plastic granules produced by Ekokem, a leading Nordic provider of environmental management and material efficiency services. The majority of the Ekokem Plastic Refinery's raw material originates from consumer waste.

"We see no reasons to delay the transformation of the flexible packaging industry into an environmentally sound business, and do not buy the notion that our customers would have to make a choice between Green packaging and profits," Reima Kerttula, Amerplast Chief Operating Officer, says.

"Today's consumers value sustainable packaging, and we believe that what is good for the environment is good for the business.” 

Through this agreement, Amerplast will be able to provide consumers with products based on the circular economy model.

"We manufacture carrier bags containing more than 95% recycled material. We are delighted that post-consumer plastic packaging materials can now also be recycled for the manufacture of new carrier bags," Kerttula says.

"For us, this agreement is a significant step in implementing our Towards a Circular Economy strategy. Plastic waste produced by households can at last be used in consumer products," says Mari Puoskari, SVP, New Business Ventures, at Ekokem.

Image: Ekokem

Source: Ekokem


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