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PCR (post-consumer recyclate)

Post-Consumer Recyclate (PCR) involves the processing and granulating of plastic waste, enabling its reuse in the production of new packaging, particularly in the non-food sector. The adoption of PCR as a packaging material has gained significant momentum in recent times. Businesses are progressively acknowledging the necessity of employing sustainable packaging solutions. This shift not only aids in diminishing their ecological footprint but also aligns with the evolving expectations of environmentally conscious consumers.

Post-consumer recyclate is produced by recovering packaging waste that is collected and recycled by consumers. The process includes the following steps:

  • Collection and sorting: consumers separate packaging waste and return it to the recycling system. The waste is then sorted by material type.
  • Cleaning: The sorted materials are now cleaned to remove contaminants and buildup.
  • Shredding: The cleaned materials are shredded into small pieces to facilitate processing.
  • Extrusion: The shredded materials are melted and extruded into granules to produce the PCR raw material.
  • Further processing: The PCR granulate can now be used to manufacture new packaging or products.

Reasons for using PCR packaging:

  • Reducing the environmental footprint: using PCR helps to reduce the amount of new plastic produced, thereby reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. This helps to reduce the company's ecological footprint and minimize its environmental impact.
  • Conserving resources: The reuse of packaging waste helps to conserve valuable natural resources and reduce dependence on non-renewable raw materials such as crude oil.
  • Compliance with legal requirements: In many countries, there are increasingly strict regulations on reducing packaging waste and using recycled materials. The use of PCR packaging helps companies to meet these requirements.


The following industries have a wide range of applications for post-consumer recyclate (PCR) as a packaging material:

  • Paints and coatings: PCR can be used to make cans, pails or bottles for paints and coatings to reduce the environmental impact of the industry and reduce waste.
  • Chemical products: In the chemical industry, containers, canisters and bottles made from PCR can be used to package chemicals, solvents and other chemical products. This promotes the circular economy and reduces the need for new plastic.
  • Food and beverages: Food packaging such as cups, trays, bottles and films made from PCR can help to reduce packaging waste while ensuring the shelf life and freshness of products.
  • Pharmaceutical products: The pharmaceutical industry can use PCR packaging for drug vials, blister packs and tablet containers to reduce environmental impact and improve the sustainability of the industry.
  • Building materials, manufacturing and retail: In the building materials industry, PCR packaging can be used for materials such as sealants, adhesives or paints. Bags, buckets and canisters made from PCR materials help to reduce waste and resource consumption.

Utilizing Post-Consumer Recyclate (PCR) in packaging presents a multitude of advantages for both businesses and the environment. Through the adoption of PCR, companies are able to significantly reduce their ecological impact, conserve natural resources, adhere to regulatory standards, enhance their brand reputation, and fulfill customer expectations for sustainable practices. In an era of heightened environmental consciousness and a surging demand for eco-friendly products, the importance of integrating innovative and sustainable materials like PCR in packaging cannot be overstated for achieving long-term success in the industry. It is noteworthy that PCR-derived packaging, sourced from both white and colored packaging, does not result in purely white end products. Instead, the packaging may be tinted in shades like grey or black, with minor color variations between batches due to the diversity of source materials.

You can find products made from Post-Consumer Recyclate (PCR) in our Eco Line.