In 2019, The Platinum Packaging Group (PPG) introduced its new Sustainable PET Films and Compostable Cold Overwrap Films. We launched this line to address the growing demand for films that guarantee the production of recyclable packaging comprised of a recycled content.
The PLATSEAL ECO LINE of films provides sustainable PET films with a minimum of 35% post-consumer recycled PET in its composition. This technology is currently available in our ovenable PLATSEAL Overwrap HSPET line. We plan to introduce this into the line of PET coated PLATSEAL GP lidding films as well.
This initiative is just one component of PPG’s long-term, demonstrated commitment to preserve and protect the environment. PLATSEAL ECO LINE polyester films is a major part of our vision to end plastic waste. 35% was chosen to match the current PET recycling rate in North America and offer a sustainable supply chain.
Our films reduce our carbon footprint, remove plastic from our landfills and contribute to a circular economy. For example, 1,000 lbs of PLATSEAL ECO LINE film will remove 11,000 PET water bottles (20 fl. oz.) from landfills. This offers the “perfect choice” in terms of a sustainable PET Film solution in the market. Additionally, for cold overwrap applications, we now offer PLATWRAP Cold PLA compostable overwrap. This is derived from plants and composts into carbon dioxide and water in less than 90 days.
There is now a larger push for a national tax on virgin plastic, which is gaining larger momentum with the US senate. With activity on ocean and climate issues, legislation is being proposed for a 20 cents per lb fee on virgin material to boost recycled content of materials.
The legislation, called the REDUCE (Rewarding Effort to Decrease Unrecycled Contaminants in Ecosystems) Act, would put an excise tax on virgin plastic, starting at 10 cents per lb in 2022 and increasing to 20 cents 2024. It would apply to single use applications including packaging, beverage containers, bags, and foodservice products.
The momentum is growing steadily and we’re seeing a marked increase of all types of products used in society being produced using recycled material.
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