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50 years of experience in sustainable plastics production
Sustainability has been a core value for us for the past 50 years. From we started back in the 70 ‘s with recycling plastic material from overproduction, as well as offering our customers to take their used and useless plastic items back and remelting them into new products, we have gained more knowledge and more ideas to work Sustainably and from the circular tanks.
Environment and climate
We will take responsibility for the environment
The oceans are full of plastics, and the Danish plastic industry take this very seriously and wish to take their responsibility for a better planet. At Schoeller Plast we take our responsibility and take a grave view of the situation, and even though we alone cannot remove all plastics from the oceans, we can make a difference in the way we run our business and use our position as a plastic manufacturer to create sustainable initiatives.
When the oceans are filled with plastic, it is easy to believe, that we as a plastic manufacturer contribute to damaging the environment. We would very much like to turn this way of thinking upside down. We have made this into a part of our business strategy that we focuse on circular economy and reuse the plastic from which our products are made.
Contrary to the general view plastic is actually an environmental piece of product, since it can be recycled several times. Even when the rejected boxes are combustioned the plastic contributes positively to the CO2 accounting, because at the combustion process reclaimable heat will be released, and the rest products i.e. water and carbon dioxide do not have an adverse impact on nature. In this case it is merely a matter of ensuring that there is a sensibly handling of the waste from the production.
Schoeller Plast is already doing this by a number of initiatives such as using regrind and eco-friendly materials, and compose a plan for the collection, grinding, washing and reuse of the plastic and collect the granulates or filter it to prevent it from going down into the sewer system.
Having focus on circular economy we create added value in our customers’ supply chains by thinking high quality solutions into our customers’ business models. This will ensure overall economy and contributes to circularity. This can be seen in the way we have developed methods to measure quality and lifespan of products in use, which makes it possible for us to choose the raw materials, which are best suited for the specific plastic product, and which secure the greatest extent of recycling without reducing the quality.
How do we work with circular economy?
Circular economy is about improving its business economy in a sustainable way. We work with circular economy, among other things, to offer our customers to come out with our mobile grinder and grind the plastic products that are no longer being used. Afterwards we then drive the plastic material back to our production facility, where the old plastic is being melted and manufactured to a new product. In this way we can avoid the plastic being thrown into the wild, and at the same time we do not need to buy new raw materials because we are recycling our own old plastic items.
Why are we working with the circular economy?
In recent years, the concept of circular economy has been largely highlighted in Denmark, but also in the rest of the world. The Danish government has made a circular economy strategy and has earmarked EUR 180 million. Kr. To improve companies ‘ circular economy work. Among other things, they have done so to support the 17 world goals of the United Nations. Through our circular economy work, we are helping to support the 17 world goals.
Oceanbox-from trawls to box
SCHOELLER-PLAST-ENTERPREISE A/S has joined a row of other bigger companies and professional organisations about a new big environmental project. The project is supported by MUDP (Miljø- og Fødevareministeriets Miljøtekniske Udviklings- og Demonstrationsprogram). The goal is to develop and test new types of plastic packaging in 100 per cent recycling plastic that meets the requirements for traceability, purity, and a competitive production. This project is quite exciting, since the new type of plastic packaging will be developed from old fishing trawls and ropes, which has been frayed on the fishing bouts. Therefore this project has appropriately been named ”Oceanbox – trawl to box” and it has a duration of 12 months. During these months a line of technical analyses and production analyses will be conducted, which shall disclose how big a recycling degree we can achieve from the old fishing trawls and ropes.
This project started in the light of the fact that all parties within the project every day experienced a growing demand for circular plastic packaging solutions that are made of 100 per cent recycled plastic. Schoeller Plast has earlier participated in similar development projects, in which we have gained instructive experience in collecting and recycling of plastics from the consumers. At the same time we daily work with circular packaging solutions, and this is why we believe that we can contribute with knowledge about recycled packaging and also production knowhow for this project.
Jan Bybjerg Pedersen, Manager of Sales and Development, is very pleased that Schoeller Plast is part of this project: ”We are especially happy about this cooperation, because we work together with very serious partners, who cover the entire supply chain, and all can see the unique possibilities for us jointly to take the responsibility to use our resources in a new and better way”. And then he adds: ”It is fantastic that we also have a NGO as Plastic Change on the team, because they are able to set the public agenda and visualise the environmental challenges with the huge amounts of waste that natures is exposed to, and this puts even more focus to our common project”.