Trioplast has developed a silage stretch film made with post-consumer recycled (PCR) material. This is a step forward in closing the loop of plastic in agriculture.
And the new product has the same properties as conventional silage stretch.
At Trioplast, recycling and reducing environmental impact has been a natural part of the business for a long time. The aim is always to be market leading when it comes to sustainable plastics. However, it’s essential that the quality of the product should never be compromised. The new silage stretch film is yet another example of how both sustainability and usability can be combined.
Reduced carbon footprintThe patent pending film for bale wrapping gives new possibilities. The use of post-consumer recycled material means less need for virgin-based raw material. Carbon footprint is reduced by more than 22 % compared to conventional silage stretch film.
No limit for the futureAnders Larsson, Product Manager for Agri Stretch at Trioplast, is very optimistic about the future.- This is just the beginning. We have major opportunities ahead of us when it comes to using recycled plastic for a circular economy. There are still many challenges with recycled materials, but we believe that this first step proves the possibility to achieve a circular economy within agri business for the future!
One of Europe’s largest polyethylene film producersTrioplast Group is one of Europe’s largest polyethylene film producers of polyethylene film. The company has been pioneering the field of sustainable plastics since the 1990’s. Many years of research and large investments has resulted in a substantial product portfolio. The different solutions for sustainable plastics include recycling, renewable sources and reduced material usage. Trioplast designs for the future.
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As ISO is developing a new global mass balance standard for the industry, Trioplast together with three other leading representatives from the industry are calling to include traceability and transparency for credibility and transformation of the industry towards recycled and renewable materials.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), has started work to establish a globally recognized mass balance standard for the industry. It’s hoped the new standard will drive real change, supporting the development of recycled and renewable raw materials, and the production processes needed.
As this work gets underway, representatives for the Swedish industry, recognized as forerunners for sustainable business: Perstorp Holding AB, Trioplast Industrier AB, Sekab and Johanneberg Science Park, have outlined the key principles they believe the new standard needs to embrace for maximum credibility and sector transformation.
The mass balance approach is a mechanism to start the large-scale phasing out of fossil raw materials with the goal of a fully converted industry. It is about mixing fossil and recycled or renewable in existing systems and processes while keeping track of their quantities and allocating them to specific products. The actual carbon molecules in the product may not be recycled or renewable, but through a third-party certificate, the recycled or renewable content is verified. Mass balance is a well-known methodology used within the energy sector for electricity, by Forest Stewardship Council for wood, Fair Trade and the Better Cotton Initiative, among others. Whilst there is a consensus among most parts of the sector that mass balance is crucial to accomplishing the transition of the industry, there are currently different ways of applying mass balance. Some of the voluntary schemes for mass balance which are used today accept transfer of credits between both geographies and products.
Mats Bergh, CEO of Johanneberg Science Park states: “Research show that there are big differences in the way mass balance methods are used within the industry, making it difficult to talk about mass balance as one method. When a global standard is forming, it is important that it is transparent, credible and drive real change and development of new raw materials and production processes.”
The Swedish group of companies is urging the ISO not to accept the transfer of credits between geographies, or products, as they say that allowing this within the new global standard would not only harm the credibility of the whole industry, leading to greenwashing accusations, it would also obstruct the real change and development of the raw materials and production processes needed. They are calling for the concept of Traceable Mass Balance to underpin the new standard. This acknowledges the basic principles of mass balance but applies Chemical and Physical traceability.
Chemical traceability means: that only the raw materials used to make the product can be used to enable the shift, and that the recycled/renewable raw material can only replace its own part/share of the product. Physical traceability means: a production process exists within the site for producing the product from the recycled/renewable raw material(s), and that the recycled/renewable raw materials have to be shipped to, and used at, the production site producing the recycled/renewable product. A producer cannot transfer recycled/renewable credits from one site to another. Applying chemical and physical traceability means that it is possible to find recycled or renewable material in the product and that the real transition of that product is gradually taking place from fossil to fully recycled and/or renewable.
Andreas Malmberg, CEO of Trioplast explains, “Mass balance without chemical and physical traceability is comparable to making a pancake organic by substituting the milk for more organic eggs, by adding organic orange juice or by transferring “organic credits” from organic eggs used in a different bakery. We are afraid that doing so risk undermining the credibility of the entire industry. Applying chemical and physical traceability gives credibility, but more importantly it drives real change and supports the development of the recycled and renewable raw materials as well as the production processes needed.”
On behalf of the four companies, Jan Secher, CEO of Perstorp said, “We are proud to be leading by example and are excited to see the development of a standard that really pushes our industry forward. Traceable Mass Balance can do this, and we hope that many more in our sector will join this quest so that we, together, can set a new standard for a sustainable industry.”
Andreas Malmberg, CEO, Trioplast Group
Jan Secher, President & CEO, Perstorp Holding AB
Tomas Nilsson, CEO, Sekab AB
Mats Bergh, CEO, Johanneberg Science Park
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Perstorp GroupCecilia SvenssonEVP Communications & Sustainabilitycecilia.email@example.com, Tel +46 733 13 38 20
SekabYlwa Alwarsdotter, Excecutive Vice President Business DevelopmentYlwa.Alwarsdotter@sekab.com, Tel +46 703 98 03 02
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Trioplast takes another step towards a circular economy with the launch of a manual stretch film made from 75% recycled material – of which minimum 51% from Post-consumer recycled (PCR) sources.
Trioplast has a market-leading role in climate-smart packaging through its sustainability concepts Triolean™ (downgauging with sustained or increased performance), Triogreen™ (products based on renewable raw materials) and Trioloop™ (products made from recycled plastic). Using PCR material in a stretch film is a ground-breaking move that represents a major step forwards in transitioning transport packaging into a circular economy.
Magdalena Bengtsson, product manager for pallet stretch film at Trioplast, underlines Trioplast’s long experience of products based on recycled material. This gives us a major advantage now that we are transferring this knowledge to more product areas within increasingly advanced applications. Last year, for example, we were the first company in the world to present a PCR-based agricultural stretch film.
At Trioplast and in a circular economy, used plastic is not a waste material but rather a resource to be used over and over again.
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Trioplast proves its commitment to the environment by obtaining the first blue angel eco-certification for a silage film.
Blue angel is the world’s oldest environmental certification. From German origin, its interest lies in its criterias requirements. This independent certification organization requires that the marketed product contains a minimum of 80% recycled material from post-consumer waste. The ecolabel can only be obtained after the raw material has been certified by the European organization, called Eucertplast.
Trioplast’s wish is to participate actively in the reuse of plastic and to help simplify its transformation and reuse. This is why 100% of the products marketed by the group are 100% recyclable in traditional recycling channels.
This new performance allows Trioplast to confirm its first place among environmentally friendly companies in the agricultural plastics industry.
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