From fossil plastics to alternative plastics
PCR: moving towards a circular economy
PCR (Post-consumer recycled) plastic is made from single-use packaging (milk or beverage bottles) that is used and disposed of via recycling channels. Each year, Albéa produces 33 million PCR tubes, which can be fully recycled using existing collection systems*. *Already present in Germany, Sweden, Italy, Spain, and Portugal; and in the process of being deployed in France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
PCR reduces the carbon footprint by 16% (compared to a conventional Ø50 plastic tube Ø50, 200ml with a Cebal 500µm capsule). For every one million PCR tubes produced, we save the equivalent of 16 tons of CO2 (or 16 round-trip flights from Paris to New York for one person)*. *Source: https://eco-calculateur.dta.aviation-civile.gouv.fr
Foam pumps are also available in PCR. A pump produced with 50% PCR plastic (cap, neck, and push button) reduces the carbon footprint by 5.4%*. *Source: Albéa internal study, 2018
PCR is available in four colors: light grey, grey, black, and green.
Bioplastic (PE) bottles and tubes
Albéa now offers bioplastic bottles and tubes that are suitable for foam products. These bioplastics, introduced by Albéa in 2010, are produced using Brazilian sugar cane.
Throughout its growth cycle, sugar cane absorbs the CO2 it needs.
The variety used to produce one kilo of bioplastic PE absorbs 3.09kg of CO2, the equivalent of emissions from leaving a light bulb on for six days.
The carbon footprint from manufacturing bioplastics is 76% lower than that of a Ø50, 200ml plastic tube with the CebalCap™ 500µm.
For bioplastic PE foam pumps, a 100% bioplastic PE bottle reduces the carbon footprint by 47%* (Ø43mm bottle, 150ml). *Source: Albéa internal study, 2018
And lastly, bioplastics are fully recyclable via existing collection channels*. *Already present in Germany, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Portugal; and in the process of being deployed in France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.