Benefits of recycling packaging

Benefits of recycling packaging

Benefits of recycling packaging

The benefits of recycling our waste are enormous compared to the action it entails. Recycling means saving raw materials, energy, water and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It also represents a generation of employment and industrial fabric.

Since 1998, the year when Ecoembes started its activity and the first yellow and blue containers appeared in Spain, we have managed to recycle a total of 22.2 million tons of packaging. The recycling of containers is not only a positive for the environment, but it is also an economic and social opportunity. In fact, Ecoembes’s activity has already generated 42,600 jobs in Spain, over 9,400 of them direct.

All this, and significant environmental benefits as well.

Beneficios del reciclaje de envases

Why recycling helps the environment?

Recycling prevents products and materials from becoming waste, transforming them into completely new ones, extending their useful life and helping to preserve the planet's natural resources. Recycling is part of the Circular Economy, the model is based on 100% use of raw materials, making use and manufacturing processes more efficient.

Several studies carried out by ESCI (School of International Studies), the Cidaut Foundation (Research and Development in Transport and Energy) and the UNESCO Chair have shown that the energy required to get recycled raw material is less than that used to get virgin raw material. Obtaining the raw materials necessary to manufacture some products generates more polluting substances than if they were recycled, that is, less CO2 is generated in the atmosphere and the emitted pollution is reduced. Also producing paper from scratch means more water than using recycled paper.

In the next video, we can view all that data in more detail.

We are conscious about the environmet impact of the waste in nature. From Ecoembes we continue betting so that the containers of the future are increasingly sustainable. In addition to reducing the overpacking of products, in Ecoembes we find it necessary to find other alternatives for current packaging. TheCircularLab, the center of innovation in circular economy of Ecoembes, has developed a new biobased plastic material. This biobased material is obtained from vegetable waste such as potato chips and other vegetable waste, so it is compostable, recyclable and biodegradable.

This kind of packaging, formed by 100% organic resources, can become an alternative to treat organic waste, contributing to it being recycled and to reduce food waste. The generation process to obtain this products is the PHBV (Polyhydroxy Butyl Valverate) and consists of crushing the vegetable residue and extracting the glucose from it.