EU Green Deal: Creating a circular economy for plastics

Jennifer Perr, Sustainability Director at Hi-Cone explains how the EU Green Deal can impact the packaging industry and transform plastic use for a more sustainable future.

The new EU Green Deal has outlined a plan to boost sustainable industry and eliminate pollution through the building of a circular economy. Key players in the packaging industry have already begun transforming their products and supply chain structures to support more efficient resource use and increased recyclability, but the right steps towards a circular economy are not always obvious, even if they offer huge opportunities for many materials, including plastics.

 

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Hi-Cone Worldwide Joins U.S. Plastics Pact

The supplier of plastic-based multi-packaging systems has committed to achieving four ambitious goals, including ensuring that all of its plastic packaging is 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025.

Hi-Cone Worldwide, a global supplier of plastic-based multi-packaging systems, has joined the U.S. Plastics Pact, a collaborative initiative to forge a path to a circular economy for plastics in the United States by 2025.

“Hi-Cone joining the U.S. Plastics Pact is further evidence of our commitment to creating a circular plastics economy and ensuring this material doesn’t become waste,” said Shawn Welch, Vice President and General Manager of Hi-Cone Worldwide. “The pact is creating substantive change regarding how our country deals with plastic, and Hi-Cone is eager to advance this fundamental shift in the packaging industry.”

 

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Hi-Cone Joins U.S. Plastics Pact

Hi-Cone Worldwide joined U.S. Plastics Pact, a collaboration led by The Recycling Partnership, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

As part of the U.S. Pact, Hi-Cone recognizes that significant, system-wide change is imperative to realize a circular economy for plastics. As such, the U.S. Pact will convene more than 70 brands, retailers, NGOs, and government agencies across the plastics value chain to bring one voice to U.S. packaging through coordinated initiatives and innovative solutions for rethinking products, packaging, and business models.

 

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How a partnership created a ring carrier recycling program

Plastics reclaimer Avangard Innovative will sell millions of pounds of PCR each year to six-pack carrier manufacturer Hi-Cone Worldwide, as the companies expand their existing business relationship.

The two companies recently announced they launched a ring carrier recycling program, though which consumers will be able to return used LDPE six-pack ring carriers to participating stores or mail them straight to Avangard Innovative. Avangard will recycle the plastic and sell PCR to Hi-Cone for use in 50%-recycled-content carriers.

 

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Companies Kick Off Partnership Week to Tackle Plastic Waste

While COVID-19 continues to disrupt local recycling, two companies launched a partnership this week to prevent some of the 9 million tons of plastic waste from ending up in the environment.

Hi-Cone Worldwide, a multi-packaging provider for the beverage industry based in Itasca, Ill., is partnering with Houston, Texas-based Avangard Innovative to launch a “manufacturer-led” consumer recycling program in the U.S.

 

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Avangard, Hi-Cone partner in ring carrier recycling program

Avangard Innovative, a plastics recycler based in Houston, has partnered with Hi-Cone Worldwide, supplier of ring carrier multipackaging systems based in Itasca, Illinois, to launch RingRecycleMe, a program for recycling Hi-Cone’s plastic ring carriers for beverages, which are made of low-density polyethylene (LDPE).

 

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Hi-Cone Responds to Beverage Companies Switching from Plastic to Paperboard Can-Rings

After writing about Coca-Cola European Partners making the switch from plastic can-rings to paperboard, I discovered that several European-based beverage companies have done the same, including beer makers Carlsberg (announced in 2018) and Heineken (announced in November 2019). The goal is to rid the world of plastic can-rings, which are made by global supplier Hi-Cone (Itasca, IL).

 

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