Use of Post-Consumer Recycled Materials on the Rise

This past month, Apple made a pledge to the world. It would, the tech firm grandly announced, start making it products such that they deliver zero impact to the environment.

In its recent annual environmental report, Apple said it was nicely on track to make good on its “closed-loop supply chain” objective. When it does, the iconic iPhone and iPad will be made entirely from recycled and renewable material. And the massive Silicon Valley organization will mine the earth no longer.

This is a big development, and it has the potential for meaningful impact in the manufacturing world. The more recycled content that finds its way into supply lines, the less damage we inflict on the planet.

General Motors is another company that’s made a commitment to upping the recycled content in its manufacturing process. One of its material engineers recently opined on the subject. In a blog posting, Matthew Vandyke focused his message on the need for us to revisit our kneejerk association between recycled materials and inferior materials. He encourages fellow manufacturers to keep an open mind about those opportunities in which recycled materials might be incorporated.

It takes an open mind to look for new areas and places recycled materials can be incorporated, something Matthew Vandyke makes clear. He also approaches the thought process by remembering recycled doesn’t always mean inferior.

Approaches like these that have led to GM’s programs to recycle water bottles at its facilities and using the final product to manufacture engine insulation for its engines, while the other materials are sent off to become coats for the homeless. GM also looks for discarded tires to recycle and use in its manufacturing process.

As for moving forward, Vandyke says it best.  Even as we continue to use large amounts of recycled plastics in the automotive industry, there is still an overwhelming amount that is underutilized and potentially landfilled. I encourage us all to think about using recycled plastics when possible to continue the trends that have already been started.

Packaging products made of eco-friendly material are gaining popularity as market players are adapting to sustainable packaging methods. Products and materials sold in the consumer markets, which have served their intended purpose or completed their life cycle are sent to material recovery facilities (MRF’s). Packaging products made of plastic materials recovered from MRFs contribute to the category of post-consumer recycled plastic packaging. One of the prominent material which is being recycled is the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic. PET plastic is the most widely used and accepted plastic, as it is quite easy to recycle and can be recycled more than once, thus promoting the post-consumer recycled plastic packaging market. Recycled products have many environmental benefits and are being preferred by the manufacturers adopting sustainable principles. The increased demand for packaging products produced using recycled content has also propelled the post-consumer recycled plastic packaging market.

Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic Packaging Market- Market Dynamics:

A major factor supporting the growth of post-consumer recycled plastic packaging market is the improved material sorting infrastructure across many significant regions like U.S., Canada and Western Europe. The global market for post-consumer recycled plastic packaging is witnessing the incorporation of new material processing technologies for manufacturing of post-consumer recycled products and materials. Light weight nature of recycled plastic is another factor fuelling the growth of post-consumer recycled plastic packaging market. The growth of post-consumer recycled plastic packaging market is propelled by certain properties of recycled plastic such as strength and crack-resistance. Another prominent fac
tor promoting the growth of post-consumer recycled plastic packaging market is the environmental friendly property of the plastic. However, the shortfall in supply has restricted the growth prospects for post-consumer recycled plastic packaging market. FDA regulations applicable to packaging of food products across geographic regions are a matter of concern for market players operating in the global post-consumer recycled plastic packaging market.

Manufacturers are identifying new infrastructure for segregating and collecting mixed plastics at the recovery facilities in order to implement appropriate sorting mechanism. Effectiveness of the selection process plays a vital role in the amount of materials recovered in these facilities.

Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic Packaging Market- Market Segmentation:

The post-consumer recycled plastic packaging market can be segmented on the basis of product type, material type, process type and end use. On the basis of product type, the post-consumer recycled plastic packaging market can be segmented into bottles, cups, containers (jars and tubs), bags, clamshells and blister packs. Mostly all the recycled plastic packaging products are thermoformed and the FDA approved products are even safe for direct food contact. On the basis of material type, the post-consumer recycled plastic packaging market can be segmented into PET (polyethylene terephthalate), HDPE (high density polyethylene) and PP (polypropylene). PET plastic is expected to be the major contributor due to its abundance availability and ease in processing technology. On the basis of process type, the post-consumer recycled plastic packaging market can be segmented into mechanical (melting and refining) process and chemical process. On the basis of end use, the post-consumer recycled plastic packaging market can be segmented into beverage (bottle and dairy products), electronics, home care, pharmaceuticals, and personal care.

Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic Packaging Market- Regional Outlook:

Geographically, the post-consumer recycled plastic packaging market is segmented into five key regions: North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Middle East and Africa (MEA). North America is the leading manufacturer of post-consumer recycled plastic packaging market as U.S. and Canada have taken major steps to initiate material sorting infrastructures in the regions and is anticipated to witness a healthy growth. Asia-Pacific is expected to witness a significant growth over the forecast period driven by the developments in China and India.

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