Joining forces along the packaging value chain
A circular packaging industry needs innovation as much as it needs collaboration along the entire packaging value chain. Proactive exchange and close collaboration are key to test and optimize new ideas and jointly develop responsible and sustainable packaging solutions that truly have a positive impact.
Siegwerk’s goal is to develop truly sustainable packaging solutions which deliver a system-level perspective on the packaging life cycle and to fully understand how the single actions of individual members of the value chain work together effectively.Herbert Forker, CEO Siegwerk
That’s why Siegwerk is actively contributing its ink and system-level expertise to different industry initiatives that drive the concept of a Circular Economy. Today, we already have a strong partner network and integrated know-how along the packaging value chain. Sharing knowledge with others is key for us to provide special inks and coatings that enable the development of new circular packaging solutions and thereby contribute to a thriving packaging industry, while respecting the natural boundaries of our planet and protect it from waste.
Examples of collaborations and engagements:
CEFLEX is the collaborative initiative of a European consortium of companies representing the entire value chain of flexible packaging. The project mission is to further enhance the performance of flexible packaging in the Circular Economy by advancing better system design solutions via collaboration. Members include manufacturers of packaging films, converters and brand owners as well as retailers, recycling companies and equipment manufacturers for the entire recycling process – making CEFLEX the most significant and solution-oriented industrial initiative.
Siegwerk joined CEFLEX in 2017 as the first ink supplier. Since then, we have contributed our extensive know-how in ink technology and formulation to improve the performance and recyclability of flexible packaging. Today, we are an active member of three working streams within CEFLEX:
- Workstream 1: Design guidelines for flexible packaging in a Circular Economy
- Workstream 2: Identify and develop sustainable end markets for secondary materials
- Workstream 3: Facilitating technologies
Our experts contribute to understanding the influence of inks and printed layers on the automatic sortability of flexible packaging waste as well as on recyclates derived from mechanical recycling including extrusion. Moreover, we are engaged in investigations on the improvement of recyclates through deinking and on the ink influence within solvent-based recycling technologies like chemical recycling.
The Circular Economy Initiative Deutschland (Germany) is a network of economic, scientific and societal stakeholders that is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Its aim is to develop a joint target vision and a concrete plan on how the transformation towards a Circular Economy in Germany could be fostered. The initiative opens a science-based discourse about the potential and develops a roadmap for the transformation towards a Circular Economy in Germany.
We are an active member of the working group “Packaging.” Together with other experts in this group, we investigate new value networks for packaging considering the entire lifecycle including the subsequent use potential to develop options for the optimization of packaging according to circular approaches.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) is “The Voice of Plastics Recycling.” As the international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry, membership includes independent recycling companies of all sizes, processing numerous resins, as well as consumer product companies, equipment manufacturers, testing laboratories, organizations, and others committed to the success of plastics recycling. APR works to enhance quality and increase supply through technical resources, testing programs, design solutions, corporate training, regulatory leadership and education programs.
Launched in 2017 by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ, Project STOP (Stop Ocean Plastics) works with cities to create effective waste management systems that eliminate plastics leakage into the ocean and creates circular systems in Southeast Asia. Supported by industry and government partners, Project STOP aims to achieve zero leakage of waste into the environment, recycle more plastics, be economically sustainable, and create benefits, including jobs, for the local community.
Despite the many benefits plastics provide us, we face a huge challenge in reducing our plastic wastage and littering. To face this challenge, the European Plastics Pact accelerates the shift toward the reuse and recycling of single-use plastic products and packaging.
The Pact brings together governments and frontrunners from across the whole value chain. They work together towards four goals aimed at design, responsible use, recycling capacity and the use of recycled content. The Pact supports this work by offering a unique platform to exchange ideas, display good practices and discuss challenges, needed to build a new circular default for all to follow.
Under the auspices of AIM, the European Brands Association, more than 85 companies and organisations from the complete packaging value chain have joined forces with the ambitious goal to assess whether a pioneering digital technology can enable better sorting and higher-quality recycling rates for packaging in the EU, to drive a truly circular economy.
The objective of the Digital Watermarks Initiative HolyGrail 2.0 is to prove the viability of digital watermarking technologies for accurate sorting and the business case at large scale.
Plastics recycling is an important factor in the transition towards a green, circular European market. With recycling, Europe can decouple its dependency on natural resources and work towards a more sustainable, autonomous economy.
Key aspects of this transition are technology innovations, design of recyclable and durable products, increased separate collection, quality sorting and the optimized recycling processes. Securing a sustainable future of plastics hinges on the boosted uptake of recyclates.
The Sustainable Packaging Coalition is a membership-based collaborative that believes in the power of industry to make packaging more sustainable. We are the leading voice on sustainable packaging and we are passionate about creating packaging that is good for people and the environment.
The mission is to bring packaging sustainability stakeholders together to catalyze actionable improvements to packaging systems and lend an authoritative voice on issues related to packaging sustainability.