PET packaging plays a crucial role in food preservation, both in terms of safety and hygiene as well as minimization of food waste. A sustainable future isn’t possible without PET packaging. For this reason, Evertis has focused on a circular economy for PET since our foundation. It’s in our DNA.
Evertis envisions a future with increased use of recycled content in our films, greater recyclability of our products and lowest feasible carbon footprint where our group plays a leading role in sensitizing our communities to the benefits of recycling PET and advancing a closed loop economy.
and an overall B+ score (average of their 3 plants)
Evertis films target an average incorporation of 50%
post-consumer and post-industrial recycled content
Our Chief Product Officer and our Head of Marketing & Sustainability share their insights on the circularity of PET trays through tray-to-tray recycling, eco-design and the importance of cross-section collaboration in the PET industry.
Our sales teams focus on guiding customers in terms of product eco design, balancing sustainability and package functionality.
At Evertis we focus on the 3 R’s:
At Evertis we work together with our customers to reduce film thickness, thereby optimizing packaging weight, to keep it as resource efficient as possible while ensuring protection and fitness for use. We advise our customers in terms of the protective value afforded of the packaged good which supports product quality, or food safety and guarantees that the new package meets quality and technical expectations. Evertis has proven that recycled content is not a limiting factor in reducing material thickness.
Apart from lightweight packaging, Evertis encourages customers to eliminate or reduce secondary packaging which is often unnecessary and not environmentally friendly.
Lightweight packaging means fewer trucks needed to ship the same number of products, helping to:
Watch our video and find out how we give PET packaging a new life.
At Evertis we give post-industrial and post-consumer multilayer trays another life. We prove that a circular economy for trays is a reality through the partnership we’ve formed together with a company with a unique technology that permits incorporating recycled PET, obtained from a delamination processes of multilayer waste, to be reintroduced as secondary raw material in our film production processes. Thanks to this, Evertis supports the European Plastics Strategy, which establishes that 10 million recycled tons must be incorporated into new products in the European Union market in 2025.
Consolidating a Circular Economy
model in the PET food industry
Evertis Ibérica, our manufacturing site in Portugal, was awarded the ECOSENSE Certificate on July 2019, adding value to our products and contributing to an increasingly transparent European plastic industry.
To obtain the ECOSENSE certificate, the facilities are subject to an inspection process by an entity accredited by ENAC under the ISO / IEC 17020 standard, who verified compliance with the requirements established within the corresponding ECOSENSE procedures.
The ECOSENSE Certificate is granted by the Plastic Sense Foundation, which recognizes the contribution of companies such as Evertis. They evaluate PET sheet manufacturers, tray producers and food packers, who reincorporate their post-industrial waste into their new production, sourcing materials from recyclers certified by the Foundation.
Learn more here about the recyclability of PET food trays according to the Plastic Sense Foundation.
Through our mechanical recycling process, we convert waste material into “new” raw material, without changing the basic structure.
The total production of our recycling plant represents 55% of Evertis’ flake consumption for film manufacturing.
At times we have recovered a volume of
bottle bales equivalent to 90% of PET
bottles of the Portuguese waste stream
At our Industrial Site in Portugal, Evertis, Selenis (sister-company) and our recycling unit, are circular integrated. As an integrated recycler, specialty polyester and multilayer barrier film producer, we have created synergies that translate into a lower carbon footprint thanks to the reduction of raw materials transportation costs.
Through Evertis’ advanced processes, we reuse all internal scrap of multilayer and single layer products, allowing us to claim: “All Evertis plants create zero landfilled scrap”. Evertis’ strict waste management system and reuse policy allows us to meet this objective and reincorporate 100% of waste produced in extrusion and slitting processes. This also includes scrap produced during equipment changeovers, machine stops and restarts.
Evertis’ philosophy to reuse resources is key to the group’s constant focus on recycling. It’s our belief that recycling is a great waste-management strategy, whereby environmental impact and resource depletion are reduced. With our principles based on high levels of recycling, at Evertis we pair our reuse and remanufacturing efforts to reduce levels of material usage and energy. Within this framework of sustainable development, Evertis is not only providing a partial solution to solid waste problems, but also contributing to reduction of energy and raw petrochemicals consumption.
Evertis promotes the use of pallets produced with 100% recycled HDPE, with the objective of contributing towards a circular economy. The enduring commitment to sustainability comes from business practices that reduce negative impact on the environment; hence we believe this is also the ideal solution for our customers in the long-term.
These pallets are ideal for pooling as our company logo can be added to distinguish them from others. Customers have reacted positively to this initiative started at our site in Portugal, resulting in 90% return and reuse rate.
We take our reuse policy down to the smallest details as we also use reuse cores that are fit for use and resell to our supplier those that are not in perfect condition.
At Evertis we directly contribute to a circular economy as well as reducing our environmental footprint:
Do you want to explore further what we do to reduce our environmental footprint? Learn more in environment
In 2020, the Evertis Group incorporated a total of 33K tonnes equivalent to:
Associations are becoming an increasingly a vital element for creating solutions that close the loop. At Evertis, we believe in close engagement and joining efforts with other partners. This helps expand our reach as we share resources and expertise, bringing long-term stability which is vital for a circular economy.
Evertis participates in various Working Groups with the objective of listening to a variety of perspectives, sharing experience and knowledge, brainstorming for generation of ideas and achieving a supportive collaboration. Evertis specifically contributes to the working groups that focus on:
Recycling PET thermoforms - Tray to Tray
PET monomer recycling special industry group
Working Group on opaque and functional bottles
Evertis is part of a communication taskforce that is working on a future communications campaign with the main objective that PET remains the material of choice for packaging. Additionally, we have financially contributed to the campaign, together with several other members of Petcore Europe.
Evertis is a member of NAPCOR and actively collaborates with peers on key projects and tackle significant issues affecting PET packaging throughout its life cycle. Through our membership we reenforce our commitment to the responsibility of our environmental impact and recycling of our products.
Evertis has contributed towards NAPCOR’s Positively PET campaign, designed to:
Educate consumers on PET attributes and how to recycle PET
Promote environmental benefits of PET
Counteract the negative imagery PET is receiving
Evertis participates in several Working Groups that promote and support activities that contribute to a circular economy. Additionally, we influence EPRs to promote a tray-to-tray recycling stream.
Founded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Plastics Pact is a network of global initiatives that gather all strategic stakeholders, at national or regional level, to implement solutions towards a circular economy for plastics. The pacts are based on the idea of a common vision for plastics that will accelerate the transition to a closed loop economy for plastics, referred to as a New Plastics Economy.
Evertis is a founding member of both the Portuguese and the US Plastics Pact. Each initiative is led by a local organisation and unites governments, businesses, and citizens behind the common vision with a concrete set of ambitious local targets.
Evertis is a founding member of the European Plastic Pact, which aims to accelerate the shift towards the reuse and recycling of single-use plastic products and packaging.
Evertis has contributed to the creation of the EPP Roadmap, aligned with existing European initiatives such as the UN Global Partnership on Marine Litter, the Basel Convention, the national Plastics Pacts, the global commitment from Ellen Mac Arthur foundation and the European Commission’s Circular Plastic Alliance.
Additionally, Evertis participates in several working groups in order to:
COOPERATE across the value chain on a European scale to boost the development of smarter techniques and approaches, and cement an innovative community;
HARMONIZE guidelines, standards and national supporting frameworks. Countries will take on current legal barriers, creating a level playing field and building scale;
CONNECT to share their best practices and lessons learned across Europe in meetings, annual progress reports and on the website, in order to accelerate the shift to circularity by default.
Evertis is a signatory member of the Circular Plastics Alliance, which, supported by the European Commission, endorses the ambitious target that by 2025 at least 10 million tons of recycled plastics should find their way into products and packaging in Europe each year.
Through our sister company Selenis, our Group is a member of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR). Through this alliance we enhance plastic recycling by improving quality and increasing supply through technical resources, testing programs, design solutions, corporate training, regulatory leadership and educational programs.
PIEP is an initiative of the plastics and molds sector that collaborates with the University of Minho, through the Department of Polymer Engineering (DEP-UM) and IAPMEI. Through our sister company, Selenis, our Group is a member of this initiative. The main objectives of PIEP, amongst others, are:
Strengthen the competitiveness of the plastics and molds industry, through the development of proprietary technologies and the conception of innovative products.
Promote a culture and an effective practice of R&D practices.
Show the national endogenous capacity to respond, in useful time, to specific innovation challenges.
Explore more, about our partnerships.
Evertis believes the benefits of PET are often under-rated and misjudged. In a world where citizens and consumers are constantly bombarded by information, there is confusion around PET and its role. This has led us to take a role in sensitizing our communities through educational programs developed by our team, as well as through contributions to communication campaigns such as Positively PET.
Learn more about our efforts in recycling.
PET has unique and versatile characteristics that no other material can match.
At Evertis we do our part in passing the message:
Evertis commits to communicating credible, evidence-based and solutions-oriented information on PET and recycling. By giving consumers clearer information, we can educate them on the purpose and benefits of PET packaging and how and what can be recycled.
Check out below an interesting TEDx talk entitled ‘Plastics Rehab’, which we strongly recommend, by PhD in Polymer Engineering Kim Ragaert, professor on materials science and polymer processing at the University of Ghent (Belgium).