Ti-News n. 23 // January 2019 - page 5

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Extended Producer Responsibility
What is it and how can EXTENDO
®
help?
Until a few years ago, brand owners hardly gave
thought to what happened to their packaging once
consumers bought and used their products. Now
things have changed in a big way, with producers’
concern extending to the entire life of the product and
its packaging, from product inception and packaging
design to what happens to these items after use.
The main initiative behind this shift is called Extended
Producer Responsibility, or EPR. EPR uses financial
incentives to encourage manufacturers to design
environmentally friendly products and packaging
by holding producers responsible for the costs of
managing their products at end of life. This activity
is funded by the materials-specific fees paid by
producers. Fees are based on a variety of parameters,
including quantity (weight) of packaging and selection
of materials, as different materials have different
collection costs.
A Europe-wide 2018 Circular Economy Package (CEP)
defines the way plastics and plastic products are
designed, produced, used, and recycled. In the U.S.,
interest in EPR for packaging grew as the impacts
of China’s import restrictions on recyclable material
unfolded in 2018. A plan for comprehensive legislation
to minimize plastic waste is set to be introduced at
the federal level this fall, including EPR programs for
products and packaging and incentives for industry to
develop more sustainable alternatives.
In Europe, the U.S., and indeed throughout the world,
Taghleef has been actively steering the flexible
packaging industry with EXTENDO® high barrier films
that provide innovative solutions for packaging weight
reduction and recyclability within a BOPP-based
structure.
Ti
’s EXTENDO AlOx coated film
(HBAX, AluClear HBEL- AluClear 2T- AluClear HILS)
• replaces metallized films and allows customers to
see the product
• replaces PET AlOx films
• replaces PVdC films and provides better shelf life
(with EXTENDO UHX in Americas as well as XFWM
and XFWL in Europe)
Taghleef’s technical team is active and already helping
end users transition from multi-material to mono-
material solutions.
Strategies for Sustainability
EXTENDED
PRODUCER
RESPONSIBILITY
Product Design
Material
Sourcing
Collection/
Recycling
Production
Product Use
APPLICATION CURRENT MULTI-MATERIAL STRUCTURE MONO-MATERIAL SOLUTION
Coffee Pack PET/ALU/PE
TNS /EXTENDO® XZMX/CPP
Fresh Pasta PA/CPP
EXTENDO® XTMH/CPP
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