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How to minimize your carbon footprint

using returnable and recyclable plastic packaging

How to minimize your carbon footprint using returnable and recyclable plastic packaging

The world economy stands at a pivotal point, where the interlaced goals of sustainability and economic prosperity are paramount. As the need to address climate change becomes more pressing, enterprises are actively seeking innovative measures that align environmental responsibility with financial success. Among these solutions, the implementation of a carbon-neutral circular economy, with a specific focus on returnable and recyclable plastic packaging, emerges as a promising path forward.

The importance of a carbon-neutral circular economy

The traditional linear economy is no longer sustainable. Its heavy reliance on finite resources and generation of waste contribute to pollution and climate change. Transitioning to a circular economy, which prioritizes the reuse, recycling, and recovery of materials, is vital for reducing CO2 emissions and mitigating environmental degradation. Our reusable packaging solutions are an important step towards a more efficient and sustainable usage of limited resources.

Returnable plastic packaging

Reusable circuit

Most Utz customers engage in modern operational, storage or transport logistics based on reusable concepts. Depending on the load, Utz products can handle hundreds of runs and therefore contribute to an improved reusable cycle. By implementing a closed-loop system, where the packaging is used many times, our clients significantly reduce the demand for single-use plastic.

Return for recycling

Utz products can be recycled almost 100 percent. As we grind products directly at the customer site, transport is reduced to the volume of granulate. As Utz products wear very slowly, it often takes many years before they reach their end-of-life.

Recyclable plastic packaging / UIC®

Recyclable plastic packaging, such as containers, trays, pallets and bins, can be processed and transformed into new products through recycling. Our clients actively engage in this process by using recyclable packaging materials such as UIC® (Utz Industrial Compound), a brand for recycled plastic with proven and documented properties and consistent quality. Products made of UIC® have the same technical parameters as those of primary raw materials and meet Utz's high-quality requirements while at the same time obtaining the optimal price of the plastic pallet.

Benefits of a circular economy

Adopting returnable and recyclable plastic packaging can result in substantial cost savings for B2B companies. Reusing packaging reduces the need for constant repurchasing, while recycling reduces waste disposal expenses. Additionally, the circular economy fosters resource efficiency and stimulates innovation, driving down production costs in the long run.

Collaboration and partnerships

Strategic partnerships streamline logistics and ensure the proper management of returnable and recyclable plastic packaging. Utz provides you with expert knowledge, resources, and best practices regarding packaging, leading your company to a more efficient and effective circular system.

The shift towards a carbon-neutral circular economy is a must

The shift towards a carbon-neutral circular economy is no longer an option. Embracing reusable plastic packaging not only reduces the environmental impact but also provides significant economic advantages. Through waste reduction, resource savings and cost optimization, your business can attain sustainable growth while preserving the planet for future generations.

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Utz Group Sustainability Report 2022

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Group Sustainability Report 2022