Solutions

The CIRC-PACK project will develop alternative bio-based and recyclable plastics, and new types of multilayer and multi-material packaging, while sorting and recycling processes will be enhanced, promoting circular economy and leading to a more sustainable future.

The project will focus on: 

  • Seeking and validating 100% new biodegradable materials from renewable resources for applications along the plastic value chain;
  • The design and validation of new packaging solutions that will enable and/or facilitate the end-of-life separation of materials;
  • The use of recycled materials as raw materials and the creation of closed-loop recycling flows, as well as of a multi-sectorial cascade recycling process;
  • Addressing the legal restrictions, bottlenecks and other non-technological barriers to facilitate a broader transition to the circular economy;
  • Developing a life-cycle methodology to assess the performance of the new value chain in terms of circularity improvement;
  • The demonstration of the environmental, social and economic impact and sustainability of the new circular value chain contributing to the uptake of project solutions;
  • The development of new sustainable business models and regulation best practices to enable a circular use of plastic materials.

 

 

Technological

  Demonstration and validation of technological innovations that can be commercialised

  Better performance of equipment and industrial processes

  Feasibility in the application of solutions

  Customisation of solutions based on the real needs of the company/sector and the resources available.

Economic

  Enhanced global competitiveness of the European plastic  industry

  Savings from the full implementation of existing EU waste legislation (e.g. Near Zero plastics to landfill by 2025)

  Reduction of dependence on the variable costs of fossil fuels

Environmental

  Reuse of materials will avoid extracting and transporting more raw material resources

  Contribution to zero plastics to landfills by 2025 (with related savings)

  Reduction of energy dependence on fossil fuels

  Reduction of environmental impacts to comply with the current environmental legislation

Social

  Health, safety, well-being and quality of life

  Long-lasting innovative products for consumers

  Job creation

  Risk reduction in the investment accomplishments and in their decision-making related activities