How is Erum’s Circular Economy approach able to contribute to reducing the environmental impact of plastics?
Plastics have become an indispensable element for many of our daily activities due to the benefits they generate for human life.
However, in recent decades the production of certain plastic elements (e.g., single-use plastics) without the proper management and approach has led to the generation of significant negative environmental impacts. In this context, as a company we understand that achieving reusable, more durable plastic materials, conceived in a sustainable way throughout their life cycle (from their design to their post-consumption, including manufacturing) is the way to stop and avoid their environmental problems while contributing to a sustainable social development.
With 80 years of experience in the plastics sector, we have seen that, thanks to research, development, and a clear commitment to extending the life of our plastics, we contribute to the Circular Economy for the reduction of plastics and their more sustainable and responsible use.
Circular economy key to minimizing environmental impact
Circular Thinking is vital to address the challenges set for plastics along its value chain, to make the majority of plastics recyclable by 2030.
Unlike the traditional Linear Economy which consists of manufacture, use and dispose, the Circular Economy represents a more sustainable and alternative model to the linear one to achieve to increase the lifetime of the plastics produced, recovering, and regenerating them into other products and/or materials extending their useful life.
Reuse and Recyclability are key in the Circular Economy. For example, with products such as hangers, we prevent them from leaving the production circuit thanks to the possibility we offer our customers in the recovery of post-consumer material, becoming partners throughout the life cycle of the hanger, which is why this is known as Circular Economy.
Towards an industry with smart, innovative and sustainable plastics
This way of understanding the production process is the result of applying our special vision of “Circular Thinking” to our way of working with plastics, after all, we are a key part of caring for our planet,
Our commitment to the Circular Economy makes our “Circular Thinking” philosophy our daily line of action, which makes it worthwhile to continue working with plastic. It all starts with a design, manufacturing and management thought to maximize the life of our products, drastically reducing the likelihood of becoming waste.
They are then shipped to our customers through sustainable logistics and, once their useful life is over, we take care of collecting them and reintroducing them into the production chain.
How do we monimiza the environmental footprint of plastic production?
Thanks to our way of understanding the production process of plastic materials and their useful life, that is, thanks to our “Circular Thinking”, we have created the “ERUM RTS” project and the 7Rs that we are now going to tell you about:
Project “ERUM RTS”, mving towards circularity
It is a revolutionary way of understanding the plastic management and manufacturing system in a sustainable way. Based on what is known as “sustainable injection”, we offer environmental solutions for the industry through the production of products and services with a commitment to zero landfill.
Thanks to strict eco-design parameters, we can meet the needs of our customers by manufacturing products that are committed to saving CO2. Then, through an economy of proximity, we begin to extend the useful life of our product by introducing it from the beginning in the Circular Economy chain.
Being pioneers in the sustainable injection of thermoplastics, it is a clear commitment to improve every day our figures in post-industrial recycling, reuse, repair, recycling, and post-consumption, combining all our efforts so that more and more reuse and recyclability of our plastics are part of the Circular Economy.
Keys to achieve a circular economy: Applying the “7Rs”: Redesign, recycle, reuse, reuse, repurpose, reduce and rethink
Thousands of tons of plastics and metals are collected for later recovery, reducing CO2 emissions and the strong environmental impact of manufacturing new plastic. Today we manage to recycle more than 90% of the plastic material we make.
- As a group, we are committed to each of the 7Rs:
- Redesign: we take environmental criteria into consideration at the manufacturing stage.
- Recycle: whenever possible, we choose to use recycled material for the manufacture of our products.
- Recover: Erum recovers materials to reincorporate them into its production system.
- Reuse: as far as possible, we reuse products as many times as possible.
- Reduce: through recycling and reuse measures, we seek to reduce the number of hangers that would end up in landfills.
- Repair: we review and repair used hangers for subsequent reuse.
- Rethink: these commitments are developed within a framework in which processes must be rethought in order to optimize packaging, transport and logistics.