2025 tar­gets: com­plete recy­c­la­bi­lity, more recy­cled materials

ALPLA signs New Plastics Eco­nomy Global Commitment

Hard, 31 October 2018 – The Aus­trian family com­pany ALPLA has always been aware of its respon­si­bi­lity for the envi­ron­ment and future genera­tions. Now, the inter­na­tional manu­fac­turer of plastic pack­a­ging has signed up to ambi­tious tar­gets as part of the New Plastics Eco­nomy Global Com­mit­ment led by the Ellen MacAr­thur Foun­da­tion, in col­la­bo­ra­tion with UN Environment.

In accordance with the company’s sus­taina­bi­lity stra­tegy, ALPLA is showing its com­mit­ment to recy­cling in the future. All pack­a­ging solu­tions should be fully recy­clable by 2025. The volume of pro­cessed post-consumer recy­cled mate­rials should rise to 25 per cent of total mate­rial usage by this time. €50 mil­lion is being made avail­able for the expan­sion of recy­cling acti­vi­ties. The tech­no­logy leader is also plan­ning to intro­duce at least three pack­a­ging solu­tions per year that are par­ti­cu­larly light­weight in order to reduce mate­rial con­sump­tion. All pack­a­ging will remain com­ple­tely free of PVC. ALPLA drew up these indi­vi­dual tar­gets based on the spe­ci­fi­ca­tions of the New Plastics Eco­nomy Global Commitment.

On the way to a more effi­cient cir­cular economy

With this offi­cial com­mit­ment, we are joi­ning other com­pa­nies and orga­ni­sa­tions that have set good examples. We want to play an active role in paving the way towards an effi­cient cir­cular eco­nomy in the pack­a­ging industry,’ says ALPLA CEO Gün­ther Lehner. ‘We are proud to be a signa­tory of the New Plastics Eco­nomy Global Com­mit­ment. We will suc­cess­fully imple­ment these ambi­tious tar­gets with the active sup­port of our employees.’

During the ‘Our Oceans’ con­fe­rence on 29–30 October in Bali, the Ellen MacAr­thur Foun­da­tion intro­duced the New Plastics Eco­nomy Global Commitment.

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About ALPLA:
ALPLA is one of the leading companies involved in plastic packaging. Around 19,300 employees worldwide produce custom-made packaging systems, bottles, closures and moulded parts at 176 sites across 45 countries. The high-quality packaging is used in a wide range of areas, including for food and drinks, cosmetics and care products, household detergents, washing and cleaning agents, pharmaceutical products, engine oils and lubricants. ALPLA operates its own recycling plants: PET Recycling Team with two sites in Austria and Poland, and in the form of a joint venture in Mexico and a cooperation in Germany. ALPLA celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation:
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was launched in 2010 to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The Foundation works across key areas including insight and analysis, business and government, learning, systemic initiatives and communications.

Further information: | @circulareconomy

The New Plastics Economy:
Over the past four years, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative has rallied businesses and governments behind a positive vision of a circular economy for plastics. Its 2016 and 2017 New Plastics Economy reports captured worldwide headlines, revealing the financial and environmental costs of waste plastic and pollution. In the last year it has brought together 15 leading companies committed to work towards 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable plastic packaging by 2025. The Global Commitment takes this work to the next level – creating a global coalition of leaders with the power to prevent plastic pollution at the source.

The initiative is supported by Wendy Schmidt as Lead Philanthropic Partner, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), MAVA Foundation, Oak Foundation, and players of People’s Postcode Lottery (GB) as Philanthropic Funders. Amcor, The Coca-Cola Company, Danone, L’Oréal, Mars, Incorporated, Novamont, PepsiCo, Unilever, and Veolia are the initiative’s Core Partners.

Further information: | @NewPlasticsEcon

Addi­tional infor­ma­tion for editors:
ALPLA, Alex­andra Dittrich (PR and Cor­po­rate Communications),
Tele­phone +43 (0)5574 602 1083, Email
Pzwei. Pres­se­ar­beit, Werner F. Sommer, Tele­phone +43 (0)699 1025 4817, Email