COEXPAN Joins the Chilean Plastics Pact

Coexpan Coembal Chile has become a member of the Chilean Plastics Pact, an initiative that falls within the framework of the Plastics Pact global network launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2018.

The initiative, signed in April 2019 and led in Chile by the Ministerio del Medio Ambiente (Ministry of the Environment) and Fundación Chile, is focused on achieving a sustainable future for plastics by advancing towards a circular economy model. The visible image of the Chilean Plastics Pact is the campaign entitled “Circula el Plástico”, whose slogan “More planet, less waste” seeks to engage citizens in the challenge of progressing towards a new plastics economy.

The Pact concentrates on three key strategies aimed at transforming the global plastic packaging market: recycling, redesign and reuse. This collaboration highlights the commitment of the different stakeholders in the plastics value chain to reach the targets set for 2025:

  • Eliminate problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic instrument packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative delivery models.
  • Ensure that 100 percent of plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable.
  • A third of all household and non-household containers and packaging should be effectively recycled, reused or composted.
  • Increase recycled content in plastic packaging to 25 percent to boost the demand for recycled material.

According to Coexpan, the manufacturer of plastic sheets and products within the Grupo Lantero, its vision of sustainability “is focused on a clear commitment to eco-design and to the circularity of its packaging”. The Chilean subsidiary company had developed a system for decontaminating post-consumer PET obtained from recovered plastic bottles, the information said. “The technology for cleaning and decontaminating raw materials has been approved by the FDA in the USA and by the European Union. The project that was presented at last year’s Latinpack Fair represents a solid contribution to the circular economy. Also, the past October Coexpan presented CorePET, the new 100 percent rPET tray for different applications, decontaminated for food contact use supporting the commitment announced last year by PET Sheet Europe.”

Likewise, EMSUR Argentina partnered up with Coexpan Coembal Chile to develop a specific removable banderole for dairy products for Nestlé Chile contributing significantly to the recyclability of plastics.

(GR12020, Page 21, Photo: Andi Karg)