2015/03/26

European project ECOFLEXOBAG instructs about how manufacture more sustainable plastic bags

Categories: Circular economy in the plastics industry, Plastics for the packaging industry

A greater awareness about the necessity of preserving the environment has caused that manufacturers and distribution companies are taking measures to bring to market more sustainable commercial bags.  

There are different kinds of materials, inks, designs and processes that can lead to bags with lower environmental impact. Because of this reason was born the European project ECOFLEXOBAG (LIFE11 ENV/ES/646), funded by the programme LIFE+ 2011, whose objective has been the development and demonstration of best practices for the design and production of more sustainable commercial plastic bags.

Ecoflexobag logo

This project, that ends on March, has been developed by a European consortium formed by the Technological Institute of Optics, Color and Image, AIDO (Spain); the Plastics Technology Centre, AIMPLAS (Spain); Dienstencentrum (the Netherlands); Enviros (Czech Republic) and VTT (Finland). Besides, it has been supported by different companies related to the production of commercial bags, such as Plásticos Romero, Plasbel, Oerlemans Plastics, Amerplast, Van Gillern, Tasky and V-Plast and Windmuller & Horscher. Consum supermarkets have also acted as loudspeaker of the project to consumers, showing them at first hand the improvements derived from the project.

ECOFLEXOBAG has provided recommendations and tools to deal with the following aspects:

The recommendations and tools developed have been included in an online tool in order to make easy their implementation in companies. This tool will be available from the project’s website (www.ecoflexobag.com).

The development of this project has allowed reaching some conclusions that can help both manufacturers and consumers to reduce the environmental impact of commercial plastic bags.

The results of the project have proved that an efficient incorporation of environmental criteria into the design and production allows to obtain more sustainable bags, not only from the environment point of view but also from the economic one.

Main conclusions

Consum bags, respectful with the environment

Consum has joined this project and nowadays their bags have the following environmental benefits:

Bags are certified with AENOR label as reusable, so they have been manufactured saving energy and water. Moreover, they can be used, at least, 15 times and then have to be put in plastic recycling bins in order to recycle them.

 

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