Post Consumer Resin (PCR): Environmentally Conscious Materials for Eco-Friendly Stock Packaging

Polypropylene (PP) remains one of the most popular resin materials used in the manufacturing of certain plastic stock packaging; however, ongoing shifts in the industry (including more involvement from a younger consumer demographic) points to the benefits of providing a more sustainable, eco-friendly alternative to those and other traditional plastic materials. Post Consumer Resin (PCR) is the technical term for recycled plastic resin made from traditional plastic materials that have been sorted, sterilized, processed (regrind), and repurposed to be used again as a recycled resin in the manufacturing process to meet the exact same plastic packaging needs. This means that utilizing stock packaging products made up of PCR offers a tremendous opportunity for more environmentally conscious consumers, companies, and markets with a vision toward a future with more "green" packaging options.

DISTRIBUPACK can work with you to provide virtually any of our stock packaging offerings using PCR, and we welcome you to contact us to discuss the endless opportunities for more eco-friendly, sustainable PCR products in greater detail.

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Sustainable Packaging Materials: Benefits of Using PCR and Bio-Resins for Plastic Packaging Alternatives

In addition to Post Consumer Resin (PCR), bio-resins are an appealing option for those looking for eco-friendly packaging alternatives. A bio-resin is a resin that derives some or all of its integral monomers from biological sources, with many of those biological sources being plant-based. These sources are typically corn or soybean by-products from bio-diesel fuel refinement due to the fact that corn and soybeans are excellent sources that are available in abundance. Other biological source candidates include sugar cane, sugar beets, potatoes, lignocellulose, whey, and algae.

We wouldn’t spend the time writing about Post Consumer Resin (PCR) and bio-resins if we didn’t know that there are real, tangible benefits that they can provide to our customers in the market for alternative packaging options. For those looking for product packaging that can help to reduce the overall carbon footprint:

  • Opting for products manufactured with PCR materials:
    • Helps reduce the accumulating waste in our oceans and landfills since PCR products are literally made using existing traditional plastic products. There is a vast amount of traditional plastic existing (that would normally become waste) that leaves us with an incredible amount of resources to be recycled and converted into eco-friendly PCR packaging.
  • Opting for products manufactured with Bio-Resin materials:
    • Helps create a truly green, natural product material option typically utilizing vegetable or plant varieties to offer a pure or a blended composition depending on the physical design of each specific package. The bio-resin material naturally reduces the amount of virgin plastic needed to develop a specific product package, thus inherently reducing the level of traditional plastic waste build-up.

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