Schütz Green Layer packaging: Reduce the carbon footprint and achieve sustainability goals

Saving CO2 is becoming increasingly important in the packaging industry. With the European Green Deal and the Action Plan for the Circular Economy, the European Union has defined the future framework conditions for this. One central measure is the use of plastic recyclate in packaging. Schütz is one of the pioneers in this field, and will be demonstrating this at interpack 2023 with its Green Layer product line.

In its Green Lifecycle Management, Schütz supports customers in meeting their sustainability goals and further reducing the overall CO2 footprint of their packaging. As the leading manufacturer in Europe, Schütz uses 3- or 6-layer extrusion blow moulding lines in its factories across Europe. This allows the company to use 30% high-quality, natural-coloured recycled material to produce inner bottles. What makes this process special is that the recyclate is used exclusively to make the middle layer of the inner bottle. Schütz uses new HDPE to make the inner and outer layers, meaning that the filling product and environment only come into direct contact with virgin material. This design means that users save virgin plastic as well as CO2 and at the same time make an important contribution to achieving the goals of the European Green Deal.

The quality of the Green Layer packaging is identical to Schütz’s other product ranges. Whether IBC or plastic drums – Green Layer products are ideally suited as eco-friendly packaging for numerous applications. With this product range, customers benefit from a high content of recycled material, low weight and maximum safety. Optionally, the drums and IBCs have UN approval. After the successful start, the company will be gradually rolling out this environmentally friendly packaging in other regions. In future, Green Layer jerrycans will also be available.

A joint task for all members of the supply chain
At interpack in Düsseldorf, Schütz will be explaining the fundamental goal behind Green Lifecycle Management: to ensure the broadest and most cost-effective possible supply of eco-friendly packaging. Securing the amount of recyclate needed for this is ultimately a joint task for all members of the entire supply chain. Only if emptied packaging is returned to Schütz by users will there be sufficient quantities available for plastic recovery to supply customers with new recycled packaging. Schütz created the necessary infrastructure for this many years ago. With the Schütz Ticket Service, the company collects used packaging worldwide and reprocesses it according to the highest environmental and safety standards.

Schütz has always focused on ensuring maximum environmental friendliness in the entire life cycle of its packaging. The manufacturer achieves this with smart product design, advanced production processes, long-lasting product quality and closed material cycles. Schütz continuously invests in state-of-the-art production technology as well as in research and development. For example, the packaging expert has consistently reduced the weight of its packaging in recent years and has refined the material recycling processes so that even heavily contaminated material can now be reconditioned with the help of special process technology and expertise. Schütz can recycle HDPE in different grades depending on the desired application; the recycled HDPE is used to produce packaging and components. One example is the Green Layer series, which will be on display at the Schütz booth D22 | E34 in Hall 10 at interpack in Düsseldorf from 4 to 10 May. The packaging in this product line will be demonstrated at the booth.

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