Let's Talk: PCR

Posted by APC Packaging

With environmental concerns on the rise, post-consumer resin (PCR) 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 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. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, recycled plastics come with a 25% reduction in emissions. The more 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.

The Cost
In the past, due to the extensive work processing the recycled resins, PCR material has been a bit more expensive than new virgin resins. While the cost of fossil fuel-based material increases, the cost of PCR material is expected to remain constant. Additionally, more consumers than ever are recycling their plastics which increases the material available and will keep PCR material at a relatively low price. PCR 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
PCR 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 into your product while still meeting your requirements. When marketed properly, PCR can be a great way to appeal to your eco-conscious consumers as a ‘green’ product

Topics: Materials, Plastic

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