EPRO celebrate winners of Best Recycled Plastic Product 2012

Filatura di Saluzzo with NEWLIFE CURVER with ECOLIFE Neo selected for "Best Recycled Plastic Product" for 2012

Wiesbaden, (PresseBox) - Building on the success of previous years, EPRO invited the plastics industry from across Europe to nominate examples of products made from recycled plastics for the Best Recycled Plastic Product Competition 2012.

The key objective of the competition, which is now in its 4th year, is to raise awareness of the value and versatility of used plastics packaging. Whether it be post-consumer or post-industrial plastic, the opportunity to recycle this valuable resource into new products and applications must be recognised, encouraged and promoted.

The competition attracts a wide range of entries representing both consumer facing products and business to business applications. Since the competition was first launched in 2009 we have seen more than 90 entries from 15 countries. This year the entries were judged by a broad European panel of experts, including representatives from EPRO, Plastics Europe and ACR+. The winners were announced and the awards presented on the 6th of November at IdentiPlast 2012, in Warsaw.

The two winners are

Category BtoB: Filatura di Saluzzo with NEWLIFE (recycled polyester filament yarn) - Italy
Category BtoC : CURVER with ECOLIFE Neo (Baskets made of recycled PP) – Europe

Plastic packaging design, improved collection schemes, advances in sorting technology together with a greater range of reprocessing opportunities and applications means that the need to send plastics to landfill is decreasing rapidly.

"EPRO believe that one of the most important ways of achieving this is to raise the awareness of the products made from recycled plastics packaging, in turn showcasing a wide range of uses for this valuable material. This creates a demand and hopefully an appetite for new companies to start to design and manufacture more products made from recycled plastic - promoting the cycle of plastics.

This year winners clearly show the growing interest of well-known companies from the textile and plastic industry to demonstrate their commitment and work in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility. These high quality products made of recycled plastics allow consumers and businesses to more fully understand the scope of their environmentally friendly actions." commented Eirik Oland, Head of EPRO Communication.

Based on the continued success of the initiative, EPRO will be running the best recycled plastic product competition again next year with the winners announced at Identiplast Paris in October 2013.

RIGK GmbH

EPRO - European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations. EPRO is an association of the national organisations charged with organising and promoting recycling and recovery of plastics throughout Europe. Each EPRO member is working to meet and exceed requirements set by EU and national packaging directives.

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