Let's Talk: Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) Resin


Posted by APC Packaging

With environmental concerns on the rise, Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) Resin can be used as a ‘green’ alternative to your packaging solution. PCR resin is the recycled product of plastic waste created by consumers. Depending on the project, PCR resin materials can offer many benefits, such as decreased carbon footprint, increased profit, reduced costs, and improved brand image; but there’s still a lot of confusion about them.

The Environment

Recycled plastics have a much smaller environmental impact than their standard counterparts. The more Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) resins you include in your products, the higher impact you can make on saving the environment and offering a ‘green’ solution to your customers. Here is how it is beneficial:

  • According to the Environmental Protection Agency, recycled plastics come with a 25% reduction in emissions.
  • Using Post Consumer Recycled resin brings down the measure of plastic being shipped off landfills, knowing that 4,800 16-ounce plastic bottles occupy one cubic yard of landfill area.
  • It helps in reducing your carbon footprint and satisfying environmentally cognizant customers.
  • It lessens the demand to produce new plastics from non-renewable petroleum-based goods, bringing the amount of energy required down to deliver new plastics.

The Cost

In the past, due to the extensive work processing the recycled resins, Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) resin material has been a bit more expensive than new virgin resins. While the cost of fossil fuel-based material increases, the cost of PCR resin material is expected to remain constant. Additionally, more consumers than ever are recycling their plastics which increases the material available and will keep PCR resin material at a relatively low price. PCR resin can be incorporated in packaging in ways you may never expect, so be sure to reach out to our experts for more information.

The Downside

Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) Resin materials may be subject to slight variations in color, tinting, physical properties, etc., but all this can be overcome through careful considerations. Our experts can assist you in finding different ways to incorporate PCR resin into your product while still meeting your requirements. When marketed properly, PCR resin can be a great way to appeal to your eco-conscious consumers as a ‘green’ product.

How may we help you?

Do you need packaging solutions? We are here to assist you up to your satisfaction. We have in-stock as well as custom packaging solutions. Some packaging solutions include airless bottles, PETG jars, acrylic bottles and jars, glass, tubes and bottles, aluminum, and color cosmetic packaging. Also, we offer custom mold services. Contact us for your inquires.

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