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Closed Loops for Commercial and Industrial Plastic Packaging: A review of current business models and guidelines for further development.
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.
2023 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Plastic has many positive material characteristics, but it is used in unsustainable ways. It is perceived as cheap and disposable, and this has led to increa¬sing amounts of plastic waste which are difficult to recycle with current societal, business and cultural structures.

To achieve a high-quality material recycling and have the possibility to use recycled plastic back into high quality products, there is a need to keep the different plastic types separate from each other and uncontaminated by other mate¬rials.

This requires, among others, a thorough separate collection of diffe¬rent plastic waste fractions, as well as business models, infrastructure and logistic solutions which enable a better control over the different plastic flows.

The report presents ten business models for managing industrial or commercial plastic packaging into closed or semi-closed loops through either material recycling or re-use.

Based on the analysis of the ten business models, six guidelines have been formulated for companies which are interested to transition from a linear to a closed loop business model for the management of industrial and commercial plastic packaging.

1) Commit long-term and invest in the future of your company,

2) Understand the customer needs and design the packaging for circular use,

3) Use Life Cycle Analysis as a tool to optimize your closed loop,

4) Communicate efficiently to engage the customer,

5) Build new strategic partnerships and 6) Educate and engage decision makers at all levels.

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2023.
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C report ; C780
Keywords [en]
plastic packaging, closed loops, business models, plastic recycling, reuse
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Economics and Business Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ivl:diva-4224Local ID: C780ISBN: 978-91-7883-521-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ivl-4224DiVA, id: diva2:1794543
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