Ecolean’s 2019 sustainability report highlighted the company’s use of 81 per cent renewable electricity at its packaging material production sites and filling line equipment manufacturing plant over 2019.

The company aims to use 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2030.

Additionally, Ecolean is committed to offering its customers a product range designed for recycling by 2025, fitting into present post-consumer recycling systems.

“Sustainability is present in everything we do,” Peter L Nilsson, CEO at Ecolean, said.

“We know that our customers and others in the industry closely monitor our high level of commitment and sustainability progress as an industry leader within lightweight packaging solutions. For example, the majority of the electricity used in all of our production and manufacturing plants during 2019 was derived from renewable sources, and this is only one of 12 objectives in our sustainability agenda.”

Ecolean said by being transparent with the challenges ahead, it believes it can raise the bar for sustainability – not only within its own operations, but also within the entire packaging industry. It said it had set a goal to offer a new range of their unique, lightweight packaging designed for easy recycling before 2025.

The company also increases recyclability in existing recycling systems, by being involved in several recycling initiatives globally, and supporting the development of systems where adequate processes are lacking.

“We promote circularity for our packaging solutions and engage in efforts to ensure that our packages are well-suited for existing recycling processes,” Anna Palminger, sustainability manager at Ecolean, said.

“However, globally, many markets still lack adequate recycling systems and we work proactively through membership in organisation such as CEFLEX in Europe, the New Zealand Soft Plastics Initiative and the REDcycle recycling programme in Australia.”

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