Tackling plastic waste with breakdown PET

Throughout 2018/19 plastics was one of the largest issues for growers and nurseries and will likely feature prominently in 2020. With environmental issues in the spotlight, Macpac has introduced new sustainable plastic materials this year welcomed by the horticultural sector.

Macpac at the Four Oaks show today and tomorrow.

During 2019 the manufacturer introduced Breakdown PET, a recyclable PET yet also providing an end-of-life solution should it be required when discarded in landfill – accelerated bio-degradation acting within a decade rather than centuries.

Same shelf life and strength
Compared to conventional PET packaging, Breakdown PET will reduce the long term impact on landfill, allowing for more effective use of diminishing landfill space. However, Breakdown PET only activates in oxygen-starved landfill, which means it has the same shelf life and strength as conventional R-PET and can be fully recycled.

In addition, a further material breakthrough with a carbon-less black plastic has been announced detectable by the Near Infra-Red sorting systems and therefore fully recognisable with all other plastics for recycling. 

Four Oaks show
Macpac was on stands C76 / C77 at the Four Oaks
Horticultural Trade Show September last week. Firm favourites such as the family of Plantpac packaging for plants on the move and award-winning SNAP-IN are being displayed over the two days of the event.

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