Packaging pioneers drive circular economy talks

At the recent Ecumene Roundtable in Geneva, Switzerland, key stakeholders in the packaging industry gathered to explore discussions on circular economy initiatives, with a particular focus on addressing plastic pollution and climate impact.

The meeting provided a platform for industry leaders to explore innovative solutions to combat plastic pollution.

Representatives of SIBUR, Russia's leading producer of polymers and rubbers, highlighted its commitment to sustainability through initiatives such as polymer waste recycling.

SIBUR's Vivilen brand offers a range of polymers containing recycled plastic for various packaging applications including food (recycled polyethylene terephthalate), non-food (recycled polyolefins) and home decor (recycled polystyrene).

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Through these initiatives, SIBUR makes a significant contribution to diverting plastic waste from the landfill by recycling approximately 1.7 billion plastic bottles annually.

Joint Ventures and Technological Advances

Collaboration was a recurring theme, with industry stakeholders emphasizing the importance of joint action in addressing packaging-related environmental challenges.

SIBUR's collaboration with partners in functional areas to implement plastic collection and recycling programs was specifically mentioned.

Also, discussions focus on technological advances in recycling processes.

SIBUR's research on chemical recycling, particularly thermolysis, has gained interest for its potential in converting complex packaging waste into hydrocarbon feedstocks, thereby enabling the production of primary polymers.

Leadership in sustainability

The packaging industry reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability, with SIBUR at the forefront of climate action.

Accredited by the Russian Carbon Unit Registry for comprehensive climate projects, SIBUR aims to reduce carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions by more than six million tons by 2032.

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In addition to mitigating its climate impact, polymer waste recycling initiatives supported by SIBUR contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing reliance on primary raw materials.

Through such initiatives, the packaging industry is paving the way towards a more sustainable future.

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