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The step towards a greener future: Introducing PCR Bottles

Enviroplus understands the importance and needs to look after our environment and the impact we have on it but what more can we do to work towards a greener future? With the high usage of plastic already prevalent, Enviroplus is introducing the use of 1 litre Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) bottles for our X-range to help with the reduction of plastic wastage and help reduce our carbon footprint. With this new innovation as part of the Enviroplus Products range, we are continuing to make steps towards creating a greener future and more sustainable supply chain.

Why is plastic usage a problem?

According to the Australian Government:

  • One million tonnes of Australia’s annual plastic consumption are single-use plastic – 84% of plastic is sent to landfill and only 13% is recycled.
  • Every year in Australia approximately 130,000 tonnes of plastic leak into the marine environment.
  • Our use of plastic is increasing and across the world will double by 2040.
  • By 2050, it is estimated that plastic in the oceans will outweigh fish.

Although technology hasn’t advanced enough for us to remove plastic completely, the use of PCR can help us reduce the use of virgin plastic. Virgin plastic is a major contributor to global warming and has a major impact on our biodiversity.

  • The use of single-use plastic can take up to 20 to 1000 years to completely break down.
  • Single-use plastic is destroying our biodiversity.
  • To create a 5L virgin bottle, it takes up to 50 litres of water.
  • For every kg of virgin plastic produced, 6kg of CO2e is released.

With the growing concern of plastic usage, the use of PCR bottles will further assist in reducing Abco and our customer’s carbon footprint and plastic waste.

What are Post-Consumer Recycled Bottles?

The new Enviroplus x-range 1 litre bottles we are introducing are made up of PCR material. PCR bottles mean that the material used to make them is derived from recycled plastic that was previously used and collected from consumers. The use of PCR materials helps to reduce waste and conserve resources by repurposing existing resources instead of using new raw materials.

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To create the PCR bottles, they are collected locally and recycled into a plastic that can be formed into bottles and can be made up of recycled material ranging from 30% to 100%

  • Reduced CO2e vs virgin plastic by >85%.
  • PCR can be recycled up to 10 times.
  • The growth of PCR provides a closed-loop economy.
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What are the benefits of making the switch to PCR bottles?

Environmental Benefits:

By using PCR bottles, businesses are reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and oceans. Additionally, the process of creating these bottles requires less energy and resources than producing virgin plastic bottles, making it a more environmentally friendly option. With also the scarcity of petroleum resources, the switch to PCR bottles also allows for the petroleum resources to go to better use.

Positive Social Impact:

PCR bottles help create jobs in the recycling industry and support local economies, leading to a positive impact on communities as well as the environment.

Reduced Energy Consumption:

The process of creating PCR bottles requires less energy than producing virgin plastic bottles. This means that businesses can reduce their carbon footprint by using less energy, which can help to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Increased Recycling:

By using PCR bottles, businesses are supporting the recycling industry and encouraging consumers to recycle more. This can help to reduce the amount of waste produced and increase the number of recycled materials available for future use.

Ease of use and less wastage

The new PCR bottles allow for no more awkward squeezing. Instead of squeezing it is a simple upturn method. Simply upturn the bottle and back again to fill the dosing chamber, and then it naturally drains to your required dosage. In this new method, the product cannot be spilled onto the user’s hands, meaning less wastage and spillage for the user.

Innovative technology

When a product has a low dilution rate it means more plastic is being used regardless if the packaging is either virgin plastic or PCR. The use of biotechnology and innovation, allows us to make our products highly concentrated as high as up to 1:150, significantly reducing our use of plastic.

The transition away from new plastic bottles towards PCR bottles in the Enviroplus X-range is a great development to help reduce environmental impact and minimise our carbon footprint. By reducing plastic waste, reducing energy consumption, and supporting the recycling industry, these bottles can help be more environmentally responsible and make a positive impact on the planet.

To learn more and purchase the X-range today, click here or call us on 1800 177 399 or email sales@enviroplusproducts.com.au



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