2021 Re|focus Sustainability & Innovation Award Submissions

The Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards provide a platform for sharing and celebrating some of the great work being done across the globe to push sustainability in manufacturing forward. We recognize the effort it takes to change cultures, execute new strategies, and build true partnerships to drive new products and solutions across the plastics industry. 

Online voting has closed for the 2021 People's Choice Award. Thank you for your nominations and votes and thank you again to all our nominees for your outstanding work and for leading the plastics industry to new heights! 

  • Design
    • Accredo Packaging

      This product builds on our revolutionary film technology that allows for fully-recyclable stand-up pouches with enhanced features. This new product offering provides substantially improved characteristics over existing competitive pouches including optical properties, strength, gloss, and tear while also incorporating 25% OceanBound post-consumer recycled content. Because our recyclable pouch features enhanced properties, it is easier to incorporate PCR content without degrading the properties to an untenable degree. We incorporate all types of PCR into our pouches whenever possible, but with this Redken pouch, took it even further by incorporating OceanBound plastic. We feel that cleaner oceans start by preventing plastics from entering them in the first place and that being able to recycle that plastic is even better. By working with Envision to take material at-risk of becoming ocean pollution and turning it into a reliable plastic resin that we incorporate into our pouch, we prevent further marine debris while also providing a fully-recyclable end of life solution.

    • Airway Medical Ltd. 

      We have identified a clinical need for a low-cost, lightweight, effective portable airway suction device; that can be used by anyone from a Clinical Consultant to an untrained member of the public and which is usable on Adults, Children and the Elderly for both emergencies and for Chronic Condition Relief. The ‘AMSU’ provides a novel, patent pending device which utilizes renewably sourced Medical Grade recyclable plastics. The AMSU will also be the first medical device in the world to utilize a Graphene Nanotechnology additive which has been proven to be 100% effective against Bacteria and Virus' including Covid-19. AMSU is 90% smaller and lighter than current technology, eliminates the need for batteries, electric motors, circuit boards and meets all international standards (10079-3-2014) for Airway Suction devices.

    • Comar

      Comar has designed and developed a one-piece, push-and-turn, child-resistant (CR) closure for over-the-counter products, such as vitamins and nutraceuticals, that offers a sustainability advantage due to a 40% material reduction versus conventional two-piece closures. The SecureCap® QuarterLoc® closure is made of polypropylene (PP) and can be manufactured in a range of sizes for application on multiple products, including bottles, jars, and vials. In addition to the benefits related to lower resin consumption, carbon footprint reductions are realized with the lower weight design reducing transportation impacts as well as the elimination of an extra assembly step. The design of the QuarterLoc® closure offers a readily implementable sustainable solution because it is easily integrated into existing packaging lines. 

    • Cumberland (on behalf of Teel Plastics) 

      Teel did a value-stream map and found that there were just so many moving parts and steps involved in moving regrind materials in and out of the central granulator room. We were touching the materials too frequently – unloading, collect it into gaylords, forklifting gaylord, storing – so there were a lot of soft costs associated with the workflow. That’s when we started talking to the folks at Cumberland. The new workflow utilizing Cumberland FX beside-the-press granulators allows scrap to be taken directly from the end of the line as it was produced, reground and transported via an evacuation system to the front of the line where it is discharged to a gaylord positioned next to the extruder. As soon as the gaylord was full, it could easily be move over a mere five feet to start using right on the line.

    • Dart Container

      Marinas and municipalities across the US and Canada can stop litter from entering coastal and inland waterways and reduce marine debris through a new $100,000 grant program sponsored by Dart Container Corporation. The grant funds the purchase and installation of UltraTech International’s patented Ultra-Drain Guard stormwater management products, which stop litter, oil, and sediment from entering waterways via storm drains. 

    • Dell Technologies

      The Dell Recyclable Backpack is the world’s first, full-featured, recyclable backpack optimized for carrying personal IT equipment compatible with the modern, mobile lifestyle. To avoid becoming landfill at the end of its usable life, the entire bag can be recycled without the need for complex disassembly. This is due to the fact that the backpack is made from 99.9% of a single type of material. To further encourage recycling, attached inside of the bag are permanent instructions encouraging donation of the bag when no longer needed or wanted, as well as directions for how to print a prepaid shipping label for returning to the recycling facilities when donation is not feasible.

    • Digimarc Corporation

      Digimarc Barcode technology turns everyday plastic objects into "Internet-of-Things" (IoT) objects. This enables packaging to be properly identified at a MRF and sorted with high degree of detail. We do this by embedding a digital identifier repeatedly throughout the plastic substrate, through the molding process or laser ablation. The digital identifier (code) appears to humans as a subtle decorative embellishment. There is no human discernable structure to the code. It's simply a contiguous texture. However, on a typical water bottle, there may be up to a hundred replicated codes. By scanning with a smartphone, a recycling sorter, or hand-held scanner in logistics, the plastic object can now tell its story. A label less container can link to information on its manufacturer, product SKU, type of resin, composition of layers, whether prior food vs. non-food contact -- virtually unlimited information can be associated with the object.

    • Earth Renewable Technologies

      Earth Renewable Technologies has developed a cellulosic filled Full Compound with Hemp. Composed of a PLA base filled with Hemp Herds, ERT’s 32130 product has innovated in delivering to the bioplastic market a complete circular economy product. The 32130 product and circular economy are synonymous – this product is fully developed to integrate the environmental and agriculture together, to make a unique product! Hemp Reinforced PLA combines the advantages of polymer’s good impact resistance with the very low carbon footprint of agricultural waste fillers, making this product a high-end polymer highly sustainable.Considering Hemp’s advatages on CO2 capturing, our 32130 line has significantly reduced the overall carboon footprint of PLA Compounds.

    • Garçon Wines

      Garçon Wines are the multi award-winning British start-up that exists to make the wine industry more sustainable in a 21st century world, through innovating in wine packaging, starting with bottles which are the single largest contributor to wine’s carbon footprint. To this aim, we are the inventors of planet-friendly bottles. Our eco, flat wine bottles are an innovation that is respectful of the wine industry's heritage and a packaging industry benchmark of shape innovation, best-in-class material and recyclability by design. The design is respectfully inspired by the round, glass wine bottle but is uniquely flat to save space and made entirely from recycled PET, pre-existing not single-use plastic, to save weight and energy. The product became known for enabling delivery of a full-sized bottle of wine through an average letterbox in the UK. Today our sustainable flat bottles are being positioned as a serious challenger to round, glass wine bottles.

    • NOVA Chemicals

      NOVA Chemicals has designed the first high density polyethylene resin specifically for biaxially-oriented films produced with tenter frame equipment, the dominant biax film production process. Our breakthrough was to develop HDPEs that can be stretched to the extent needed in the biax process without sacrificing physical performance. Up until now, no high density polyethylene (HDPE) resin onepellet solution has been designed for biaxial orientation, and BOPE-HD is needed for any films that require stiffness and heat resistance. Biaxally-oriented films made from polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyamide (PA) have been in the market for decades, however the multimaterial structures and packages containing these materials are not easily mechanically recycled. BOPE-HD represents a novel building block to the industry’s circular plastics economy toolkit that will further enable monomaterial/recyclable packaging and help brand owners reach their packaging sustainability goals.

    • Sica America Group

      Sica America Corp is the North American division of Sica S.p.A. Italy. Sica S.p.A. developed a patented swarfless cutting and chamfering technology for the PVC pipe extrusion process. This technology allows cutting to length and shaping the edge of a PVC pipe during the extrusion process without removing material, hence eliminating plastic chip/shavings waste from the manufacturing process.

    • Tribosonics Ltd. 

      We have developed our technology to design and deploy a new product for use in the polymer and plastics industry that specifically addresses issues in plastics recycling equipment and extrusion applications. Our product, an ultrasonic sensor system, is deployed at various positions on a plastics recycling machine or extruder machine to accurately measure and monitor either component wear or various aspects of the production process. Regarding wear, the gap between the outer edge of the lead screw and the inner surface of the barrel at a customer’s facilities is measured to provide real time information on screw and barrel wear and operating conditions. Regarding the production process, our product can measure and monitor polymer melt conditions and impurities in the plastic products through measuring changes in polymer chemistry, aeration, and viscosity, thus improving operating efficiency and reducing product rejects and waste.

    • Westfall-Technik

      We are the first company to manufacture scientific products using recycled plastic. By taking a scientific approach to molding and manufacturing materials, we have successfully trialed and manufactured scientific products (vials, caps, well-plates, etc) using a closed-loop recycled plastic. Given the growth in healthcare plastics to combat COVID-19, there is an increased need to find a sustainable solution for the increased plastic waste. We are working with material partners to close the loop on scientific plastic, helping divert the material that is currently going to landfill.

  • Materials
    • Accredo Packaging

      This product builds on our revolutionary film technology that allows for fully-recyclable stand-up pouches with enhanced features. This new product offering provides substantially improved characteristics over existing competitive pouches including optical properties, strength, gloss, and tear while also incorporating 25% OceanBound post-consumer recycled content. Because our recyclable pouch features enhanced properties, it is easier to incorporate PCR content without degrading the properties to an untenable degree. We incorporate all types of PCR into our pouches whenever possible, but with this Redken pouch, took it even further by incorporating OceanBound plastic. We feel that cleaner oceans start by preventing plastics from entering them in the first place and that being able to recycle that plastic is even better. By working with Envision to take material at-risk of becoming ocean pollution and turning it into a reliable plastic resin that we incorporate into our pouch, we prevent further marine debris while also providing a fully-recyclable end of life solution.

    • Airway Medical Ltd. 

      We have identified an unmet clinical need for a low-cost, lightweight, effective, portable airway suction device which, whilst meeting international standards, can be deployed in developing countries, humanitarian and disaster relief and battlefield situations that can be used by anyone whether medically qualified or not. The Airway Medical Suction Unit (AMSU) meets this need by utilizing a plant based high performance polymer derived from castor beans coated with anti-viral activated Graphene derived from waste methane in a device with no moving parts and no requirement for a skilled operator, lithium batteries or alcohol-based sanitization.

    • Avient

      Sustainable packaging is top of mind for fast moving consumer goods (FMCG). Several FMCG brands at the forefront of sustainable packaging initiatives have sustainability goals of 100% PCR polyolefin packaging. General consensus is that the 3-5% LDR use rate of masterbatch created from virgin resin negates the claim of 100% PCR. In order to enable brands to claim a polyolefin package is truly 100% PCR, Avient has developed RejoinTM Masterbatch. RejoinTM Masterbatch employs a proprietary process that enables PCR polyolefin to be used as a carrier resin, together with pigments and functional additives, during the manufacturing of the masterbatch solution.

    • BodyGuardz

      Eco PRTX is a synthetic glass screen protector available for most flagship smartphones on the market today. Using a proprietary layering formula, Eco PRTX offers the same extreme impact and scratch protection of traditional glass. But since Eco PRTX is engineered not to break, consumers don’t have to worry about the protector breaking, cracking, or chipping. This innovative screen protector provides all the protection you need PLUS less plastics in landfills.

    • Celanese

      Celanese Engineered Materials, as a leader in the production of Polyoxymethylene, commonly known as POM or Acetal, is proud to put forth our POM ECO-B product as consideration for this award. An option today on most Celanese POM grades made in Europe, POM ECO-B uses a mass-balance approach to turn a greenhouse gas into a high-performance polymer used in a range of demanding applications. Through the ISCC certified mass-balance approach that Celanese uses, POM ECO-B offers significant sustainability benefits without sacrificing any performance or properties of conventional products.

    • CPI Card Group

      Second Wave™ is CPI Card Group’s patent pending innovation featuring recovered ocean-bound plastic. Second Wave™ offers cardholders beautifully designed payment cards featuring a core made with upcycled plastic waste that has been diverted from entering the world's oceans, waterways and shorelines. Focused on transforming plastic debris into products, CPI seamlessly integrates upcycled recovered ocean-bound plastic waste into the core of a high quality card that is compliant with EMV standards and dual interface capable. 

      CPI spent nearly two years researching verifiable sourcing and production methodologies to ensure that the Second Wave™ card could provide impact without compromising on its high quality, branding requirements, print and certification standards. Now CPI is proud to say that for every one million Second Wave™ payment cards produced, an estimated one ton of plastic waste will be diverted from entering the world’s oceans, waterways and shorelines

    • Cumberland (on behalf of Teel Plastics)

      Teel did a value-stream map and found that there were just so many moving parts and steps involved in moving regrind materials in and out of the central granulator room. We were touching the materials too frequently – unloading, collect it into gaylords, forklifting gaylord, storing – so there were a lot of soft costs associated with the workflow. That’s when we started talking to the folks at Cumberland. The new workflow utilizing Cumberland FX beside-the-press granulators allows scrap to be taken directly from the end of the line as it was produced, reground and transported via an evacuation system to the front of the line where it is discharged to a gaylord positioned next to the extruder. As soon as the gaylord was full, it could easily be move over a mere five feet to start using right on the line.

    • Earth Renewable Technologies 

      PLA reinforced by SFRP (ERT’s Technolgy) allows the combination of the advantages as good impact resistance and low weight with the high stiffness, thermal stability and strength of reinforcing resistance, widening the applications of PLA. The ease of processing makes the SFRP thermoplastic suitable for the production of several products previously limited by the original properties of PLA. The fibers compose of PLA and containing an encapsulation technology guarantee an excellent dispersion in the polymeric matrix and the compostability of the material, without the presence of external contaminants for reinforcement. Ease of processing and worldwide accessibility make thermoplastic SFRP suitable for mass production. FC 10130 can replace a glass bottle making the package lighter, more sustainable and compostable. The patented biocompound was developed by scientists with a deep appreciation for nature.

    • Elif Plastik Ambalaj San. Ve Tic. A.S. 

      ElifHyPEr is a high-performance PE flexible packaging film. Modified and improved to save resources, enhanced the film properties, and optimize films for specific uses. ElifHyPEr offers improved barrier, enhanced tensile strength, toughness, and stiffness, and increased optical properties like higher gloss, lower haze, and more transparency. ElifHyPEr is an excellent, recyclable alternative to other gloss and high transparency flexible packaging substrates for pouch applications. It eliminates lamination with other substrates such as PET or PP and enables downgauging. ElifHyPEr/PE laminated packages have better barrier properties than standard PE/PE laminated packages. The production process of ElifHyPEr enhances the quality of the packaging film and helps to reduce immediate costs by stretching it.

    • Ford Motor Company

      This new composite material is polypropylene mixed with coffee chaff biocarbon fillers. The coffee chaff is a waste byproduct of McDonald's coffee manufacturing process and weighs 17% less than the baseline talc filler, with a density of 1.24 g/cc. By replacing talc with coffee chaff, both the material weight and cost are reduced while improving the material's thermal stability. With this innovative material, a waste stream is diverted from landfills, and a superior composite is produced at a 5% cost savings. Additionally, the headlamp housing unit that is the first implementation of this composite material is 17% lighter and requires 25% less energy to manufacture than the existing headlamp housing material.

    • Ford Otosan

      The Recycle Fan Shroud application by Ford Otosan, contains 50% recycled PP, sourced from office equipment, and is the first recycled fan shroud application in Turkish automotive industry. Commonly the fan shrouds are made from a compound consisting of 70% virgin PP and 30% glass fibers. In its recycled fan shroud however Ford used 50% recycled PP, 20% virgin, and 30% glass fibers. Wi th the substitution of virgin materials, 2.2kg of CO2 are saved for each part and the parts will be used for more than 6,000 vehicles each year.

    • Klockner Pentaplast

      Klockner Pentaplast (kp) uses a minimum of 95% post-consumer recycled (PCR) HDPE in the production of our ShoreCycle™ card core films. This recycled material is collected from at-risk coastal communities such as Hati, where the littered plastic would have otherwise ended up in the ocean. By sourcing this material in such a manner, it not only reduces ocean litter, it also provides a new source of income to those communities where the plastics are collected. This contributes to a Circular Economy.

    • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

      Our product FORZEAS is a bio-based marine biodegradable polymer compound made from BioPBS. This material is on the commercialization phase and has been applied to some Japanese customers. FORZEAS could be applied to various application, such as food packaging, shopping bag, fiber etc. 

    • Pivot Materials

      At Pivot Materials, we take plant waste, such as bamboo fiber and upcycle that waste with a resin matrix that can be used in place of traditional plastic. We work with both bio-resins and synthetic polymers and are able to reduce the amount of plastic used by 15-100%! Unused plant waste is generally burned. By upcycling it, we prevent air pollution and also sequester carbon. Our products are sustainable, ecofriendly, cost competitive and highly recyclable. Manufacturers do not need special equipment to work with our products.

    • Placon

      Placon's OxyStar™ branded barrier material is unique in that it has the same or better oxygen transmission rate as EVOH laminated barrier materials but carries a #1 resin code, making it one of the first PET recyclable barrier materials available in the market. OxyStar barrier PET exhibits the same or similar glass transition temperature (Tg), melting point (Tm), solid state polymerization (SSP) rate, and crystallinity as standard PET. The ability to recycle and reprocess OxyStar material will help support food manufacturer's sustainability programs.

    • Printpack, Inc. 

      In order to promote the use of post-consumer recycled content into rigid food packaging, Printpack Rigid developed an HDPE container that features up to 85% post-consumer HDPE. The FDA has approved the usage of this PCR content in dry goods applications (cold cereals, bakery, etc.).

    • Tyromer

      Tyromer's Tire-Derived Polymer (TDP) is a 100% recycled material. TDP is currently used in a wide variety of applications such as new and retreaded tires, conveyor belts, molded rubber goods, and more. Our process is unique in that we use no chemicals or solvents, which is common in most other devulcanization or reclaiming methods. Our TDP is also very high quality - high enough quality to use in tires. It has quietly been used in the industry for about 5 years at the 20% level!

    • UBQ Materials Ltd. 

      In support of industry efforts to offset the carbon associated with plastics, Noble Polymers and UBQ Materials have developed a thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) resin that incorporates UBQ™, a novel raw material with a carbon neutral footprint. UBQ™ serves as a powerful “sustainability additive” for the manufacturing industry. By valorizing landfill-destined waste as its feedstock, every ton of UBQ™ produced prevents GHG emissions equivalent to 11.7 tons of CO2. Integrating UBQ™ into industrial resins enables manufacturers to neutralize and even reverse the carbon footprint of durable plastics products. The new TPO, called EcobarrierCP, has been applied to numerous auto parts processed via traditional injection molding. Without significant changes to process or cost, the TPO introduces a strong environmental value proposition to the automotive and heavy truck markets. This innovative new material closes the loop between waste disposal and product manufacturing, accelerating the auto industry’s transition into a truly circular economy.

    • Ultra-Poly Corporation. Sekisui KYDEX

      Ultra-Poly Corporation and SEKISUI KYDEX have developed a strategic alliance to help KYDEX attain its zero-waste to landfill goal, improve operating costs and customer intimacy, and make a better planet for future generations. Ultra-Poly has installed an embedded recycling operation at KYDEX’s South Campus. This improved and replaced a similar service that KYDEX was operating to recapture and recycle their manufacturing scrap. Ultra-Poly has been able to significantly improve the efficiency of the recycling process and add capabilities that improve the quality and consistency of the reclaimed scrap materials and expand the amount and type of material recycled. KYDEX is then able to integrate the recycled material back into their product portfolio. Ultra-Poly also sells recovered scrap materials that cannot be utilized by KYDEX, providing high quality and very consistent regrind to the marketplace. This helps KYDEX to realize their goal of ensuring that their materials are sustainable throughout the product lifecycle.  

    • Westfall-Technik

      We are the first company to manufacture scientific products using recycled plastic. By taking a scientific approach to molding and manufacturing materials, we have successfully trialed and manufactured scientific products (vials, caps, well-plates, etc) using a closed-loop recycled plastic. Given the growth in healthcare plastics to combat COVID-19, there is an increased need to find a sustainable solution for the increased plastic waste. We are working with material partners to close the loop on scientific plastic, helping divert the material that is currently going to landfill.

  • End of Life
    • Berry Global

      Berry Global is please to present our a fully recyclable, single-substrate packaging solution for tubes. In 2019, Berry joined forces with More Recycling, a research and consulting company with over 20 years proficiency with recycling of post-consumer materials, which resulted in a coalition of industry stakeholders working jointly to foster tube recycling. Through this partnership, Berry identified the barriers with tube recycling and outlined a path to achieve a recyclable plastic squeeze tube. Our research influenced the Association of Plastic Recyclers to recognize tubes as recyclable in the HDPE bottle stream. To help accelerate the acceptance of tubes into the recycling stream, Berry recently launched its new Divinity HDPE flip-top closure. Pairing this with its squeezable polyethylene tube creates a sustainable, widely recyclable package.

    • BodyGuardz

      Eco PRTX is a synthetic glass screen protector available for most flagship smartphones on the market today. Using a proprietary layering formula, Eco PRTX offers the same extreme impact and scratch protection of traditional glass. But since Eco PRTX is engineered not to break, consumers don’t have to worry about the protector breaking, cracking, or chipping. This innovative screen protector provides all the protection you need PLUS less plastics in landfills.

    • Brohn Tech LLC

      Cost is a primary consideration in reclaiming any material and EPS has always been considered non-recyclable for that reason. This is because of the traditionally high cost of the electric powered units and the impracticability of shipping waste foam (air) to a centralized facility. What makes the Styro-Hybrid an innovation as an end of life solution is both the initial low cost and the low cost of operation. By developing the unit as a mobile self-contained processing system, it addresses the cost issues associated with recycling the material. It allows for communities to collect curb side and process the material while in transit to the next stop. Recapturing the wasted heat energy from the drive motor is the core of the innovation and what makes the unit overcome the previous challenges in EPS reclaiming. The development opens the doors to increased recycling efforts and greater community participation. Adds new business opportunities for entrepreneurs and enhances the image for the industry of yet another plastic that can be reclaimed and reused. With increased number of units in the market the positive impact of reducing a high cubic volume material from the landfill save both in waste cost but in environmental footprint. 

    • CPChem

      Cheveron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) is the first petrochemical producer to publicly announce the successful commercial-scale production of circular polyethelene (PE) in the United States form recycled, mixed-waste plastics. This product, branded as Marlex® Anew™ Circular PE, is produced by converting difficult-to-recycle plastic waste into raw materials indistinguishable form virgin polymers. CPChem has begun producing fully certified recycled PE through the ISCC Plus™ approach via their rigorous mass-balanced certification methodology. This commercial scale production of circular PE follows CPChem’s two-year exploration into the technical viability of creating circular polymer from pyrolysis oil, the feedstock made from waste plastics. CPChem announced plans to produce and sell 1 billion pounds of circular PE by 2030.

    • Cumberland (on behalf of Teel Plastics)

      Teel did a value-stream map and found that there were just so many moving parts and steps involved in moving regrind materials in and out of the central granulator room. We were touching the materials too frequently – unloading, collect it into gaylords, forklifting gaylord, storing – so there were a lot of soft costs associated with the workflow. That’s when we started talking to the folks at Cumberland. The new workflow utilizing Cumberland FX beside-the-press granulators allows scrap to be taken directly from the end of the line as it was produced, reground and transported via an evacuation system to the front of the line where it is discharged to a gaylord positioned next to the extruder. As soon as the gaylord was full, it could easily be move over a mere five feet to start using right on the line.

    • Danimer

      Danimer Scientific’s Nodax PHA is the world’s first commercialized polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), which is designed to help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by serving as a proven biodegradable alternative to petroleum-based single-use plastics. Nodax PHA will fully break down in a wide range of environments – from industrial waste treatment facilities to home compost units and ocean water – all without sacrificing the quality and performance that consumers expect from traditional plastics. The material is currently used in the production of drinking straws with applications in development for produce bags, takeout food containers, cutlery, and more.

    • Digimarc Corporation

      Digimarc Barcode technology creates a "digital recycling passport" into any printed material or plastic object. Although the digital identifier is visually imperceptible to huans, it can be detected by computing devices with cameras (smartphones, sorting machines, etc.). In essence, most any media or 3D object can be turned into an 'internet of things' (IoT) object, linked to virtually unlimited data about the object. This enables sorting equipment and recycling facility operators to sort and filter based on manufacturer, product SKU, resin type, components of multi-layer packaging, prior food vs. non-food contact, CO2 footprint, etc. All the weaknesses of current near-infrared (NIR) technology can be overcome, such as detection of carbon-black or other hard-to-detect packages. An example is confirming prior food contact, in which the recyclate doesn't have to be down-cycled into a park bench, creating more post-consumer recyclate to be incorporated into new food packaging.  l impact

    • Earth Renewable Technologies

      Power PCR aims to potentialize Post Consumer Recycled, enhancing recycled material’s performance. Our SFRP technology is unique as are the challenge to make our world more sustainable – Power PCR product line moves our zero landfill goal one step further. These products address the most needed technical challenges of PCR materials: compatibilizations, nucleation, viscosity modification, color and odor. Whit differentiation in technology, the Power PCR line improves mechanical and optical properties to enable processing and direct recycling into the structure or into new applications, minimizing the use of compatibilization agents.

    • ERMA

      In 2019 the FDA issued an LNO for the food contact compliance of PCR-HDPE produced with the patented INTAREMA® TVEplus® RegrindPro® extrusion system in combination with the ReFresher module. This super clean process was developed by the recycling machine manufacturer EREMA. The FDA approval means that milk and juice bottles, meat trays, disposable tableware and cutlery can contain up to 100 percent of PCR-HDPE material provided the feedstock consists of food-grade HDPE containers previously used for holding milk and juices only. Recently the FDA expanded the range of end-use applications. According to its letter dated November 23, 2020 the EREMA’s recycling process may be used to produce PCR-HDPE for use at levels of up to 100% recycled content in the manufacture of HDPE containers in contact with all food types, provided that the feedstock comes from HDPE containers previously used for holding milk, juice, and beverages, as well as HDPE closures used on any plastic beverage bottles.

    • Heathland

      Heathland has developed a process by which end-of-life PMMA can be recycled into virgin quality MMA. That means end-of-life PMMA can be recycles unlimited cycled. The process called MMAtwo and for this Heathland has partnered with several companies in the PMMA value chain. Without Heathland’s MMAtwo process, end-of-life PMMA needs to be incinerated. Due to MMAtwo, such PMMA waste can now be recycled.

    • Milspeed Ltd. 

      The MILGUARD OCEAN® range is a recent innovative breakthrough due to its high recycled content and inclusion of ocean waste. MILGUARD OCEAN® is used as a shoe reinforcement material however its high performance and sustainable characteristics is being recognized in other industries such as injection moulded products. This product uses end of life fishing nets to create an over 70% total recycled product. The best thing about Milguard Ocean is that with the patented processed polymer blend is that the performance is enhanced just like the safety of the sea life.

    • Plazrok USA

      Plazrok USA is turning waste plastic into a commercially viable technical concrete additive with sizeable revenue and cost-savings opportunities for the concrete and waste management sectors. Using thermo-mechanical extrusion technology, the Plazrok process converts unrecyclable waste plastic bound for landfills into a concrete additive and partial replacement for stone aggregate. We source plastic material from commercial and residential waste streams and use it to create a lightweight concrete product that’s expanding the value of traditional concrete aggregate.

    • Pyrowave, Inc

      Pyrowave is a pioneer of the Plastic-to-Plastic microwave-based chemical recycling technology that allows post-consumer and post-industrial plastics to be regenerated and restored to their full value. Its patented high-power microwave catalytic depolymerization technology platform is the most advanced worldwide and is now at the forefront of the new generation of plastics. By bringing plastics back to their molecular state identical to virgin materials, Pyrowave technology allows infinite recycling of plastics and provides a circular economy solution to meet the global challenge of plastic recycling.

    • RecycleGo, Inc.

      RecycleGO offers a two-part software solution to recycling inefficiencies across the entire plastics industry. The RecycleGO recycling logistics solution consists of a scalable, decentralized, low-cost fleet management, dispatch, and route optimization solution, and the recently completed RecycleGO blockchain platform provides a next generation recycling supply chain transparency and optimization system for verifying provenance and imparting valuable trust and transparency into the entire plastics stakeholder ecosystem.

    • REDWAVE

      REDWAVE mate is the first system to measure quality and to record and analyze information during production in the recycling plant. The collected data is not only used for monitoring and as a source of information, but also to ensure optimal plant and sorting operation. Artificial intelligence not only increases plant availability and sorting efficiency, it also maximizes yield and purity. The communication between the sorting machines takes place in real time. Monitoring across platforms makes the flow of information manageable.

    • Sika Sarnafil

      Sika Sarnafil manufactures a thermoplastic roofing membrane (PVC) typically installed on commercial and industrial spaces. It is used on everything from schools, hospitals, multi-residential facilties,retail spaces, government buildings and much more. Sika Sarnafil began a recycling program in the mid 2000's where we became the first and only manufacturer with a roof "take-back" program where materials were recycled back into new roofing products. In addition, we recycle all scrap material from production back into new product. Because of our end of life recycling program, we became the first and only single-ply roofing manufacturer to be able to publish Cradle-to-Grave EPD's for our roof membranes. In addition, we have third party certification from ULE verifying at least 10% recycled content in all our new roof membranes, another unique accomplishment in the commercial roofing space.

    • Stress Engeering Services

      This project demonstrates an environmentally friendly circular economy, in which single-use plastic oil containers are redirected from landfills to processing centers that separate the oil and bottle materials for new applications. Recycling oil is a well-understood process, but the process of recycling plastic from single-use oil containers is not. Two technologies have been demonstrated to effectively remove oil from the bottle waste-stream so that the resultant plastic material is useable for new products. This material meets the technical requirements for plastic pallets, and iGPS Logistics, the nation's leading provider of plastic pooling pallet solutions, is committed to reducing plastic waste. With expertise from Stress Engineering Services, iGPS has used plastic reclaimed via this process and is producing plastic pallets that are lighter, safer, more durable, and produce less greenhouse emissions than traditional wood pallets.

    • Tyromer

      Tyromer's Tire-Derived Polymer (TDP) is a 100% recycled material. TDP is currently used in a wide variety of applications such as new and retreaded tires, conveyor belts, molded rubber goods, and more. Our process is unique in that we use no chemicals or solvents, which is common in most other devulcanization or reclaiming methods. Our TDP is also very high quality - high enough quality to use in tires. It has quietly been used in the industry for about 5 years at the 20% level!

    • Vinyl Institute of Canada

      In 2020 we launched the PVC 123 Medical PVC recycling program where we have added several GTA hospitals to help divert PVC from landfill. We also partnered with Environment and Climate Change Canada to help add credibility to the program and help fund the cost of training/advertising and some of the implementation costs (Hampers for the hospitals). Thus far, we have signed St. Joseph’s Hospital and have been working with them for several years. This year we added Humber River Hospital, and are adding St. Michaels, William Osler Health System, and Trillium Health. All this has been sone while COVID-19 is in full swing. 

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