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”, says Reima Kerttula, Amerplast Chief Operating Officer. “Today's consumers value sustainable packaging, and we believe that what is good for the environment is good for the business. We have therefore partnered with suppliers, retailers and the public sector to introduce the AmerGreen concept, aiming at more sustainable packaging solutions.”
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”, says Reima Kerttula.
“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.
The Finnish Environment Institute and the Technical University of Lappeenranta published in 2009 a comparative OPTIKASSI study examining the life cycle impacts of the shopping bags used by the Finnish retail sector, with an emphasis on greenhouse gas emissions. The study scrutinized five types of bags: plastic bags made from virgin raw material, bags made of recycled plastics, paper bags, cotton bags and biodegradable plastic bags. As a result, plastic bags made from recycled material appeared as the most favorable alternative.
Ekokem Corporation, Mari Puoskari, SVP, New Business Ventures, tel. +358 10 755 1330
Amerplast, Reima Kerttula, COO, tel. +358 10 214 2202