Maintaining the benefits of plastics while eliminating the downsides — this is one of the great challenges the plastics industry faces. Husky has responded to this in several ways.
Sustainable packaging was not only one of the central topics of K 2019, it was also of importance at the Husky booth. Husky aimed to showcase sustainable packaging solutions using plastics. This is in response to the company's own commitment as well as the increasing demands of customers for packaging with lower carbon footprints. Recycling and recyclable materials are of increasing importance.
Husky's products are promised to be able to handle 100 % recycled content and PCR (post-consumer resin). In addition, the company is working on new lightweight designs to meet the standards of legislation.
One such commitment is a system currently being developed which incorporates PCR. The customer would be able to bring more than 60,000,000 kg of PET annually into the circular economy within the next 24 months. This systems works in conjunction with equipment that purifies recycled material and eliminates intermediate steps of pelletising and re-melting, reducing costs while ensuring quality, according to the company.
“Enabling more recycled content in packaging, researching innovative and sustainable materials, finding more efficient production methods, reducing waste in the injection moulding process; these are all factors that impact our customers as they look for ways to be more sustainable,” said Joachim Niewels, Husky's Vice President of Innovation and Sustainability.
As part of this commitment, Husky has signed the New Plastics Economy Global commitment from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. It aims to bring together companies, brands, businesses and governments around the world to tackle the issue of plastics and the circular economy.