“Return to source” A project that unites us to the world

Everyone should have expectations, projects and, of course, hopes, especially if they can do their bit to make the world and society a better place. Why not turn these desires into real actions in our daily lives? Overcoming adversities, challenges and rethinking what has been established is what has united the team at Erum to become trendsetters in environmental projects as innovative as ERUM RTS.

At Erum we know for sure that moving towards the future with the objective of caring for our planet means humanising our company and making it a part of these dreams that unite all of us who form part of this great family. 

Our daily work contributes to preventing the generation of plastic waste and other materials, thus helping to make this world, our world, the best gift we can leave to our children.

If you read on, you will learn how we have channelled our energy and strength into making this project a reality, turning Erum Group into a fundamental agent of the social change that is taking place. We work hard every day to carry out our activity in a more sustainable and environmentally responsible way, and we transmit this effort to all the stakeholders with whom we interact: customers, suppliers, public administrations and, of course, society in general. 

¿What is “Return to source”?

Return To Source is not just another project, it is the project that represents the new economy that this society needs, a circular economy, an economy that optimises the use of resources much better. This is an innovative project that consists of reusing and recycling hangers and other plastic, metal and cardboard materials so that they can be reused, thereby generating the circular economy of plastic materials.


Since we started in 2019 and coinciding with the opening of our new facilities in Europe, Asia and America, we have managed to introduce more than 90% of recycled material to create new products mainly for the textile sector.


What do we achieve with the RTS project?

This paradigmatic recycling process is part of our deepest hope that our work will contribute to the fact that plastic will continue to be a fundamental material for sectors such as health, safety, automotive, food, electronics, etc. and that we can have a more sustainable future without waste.  

With this project we manage to give a twist to this material, so essential in our lives, as well as usable, as long as we want to get the most out of it, thus contributing to environmental care.

Phases of the RTD project

This project, which has a long history, has three clearly defined stages that ensure that we never lose track of where we are and where we want to go. These stages make Erum Group a leader in the pursuit of sustainable thermoplastic injection moulding. What are these phases?

1. Collection

Thanks to our customers and their collaboration with this project, we collect from their distribution centres 100% of the thermoplastic material and other types of material that has already been used, such as pallets, markers, cardboard, films, packaging and transport elements, among others.

2. Classification

Through sorting in our innovative sorting centres, we reuse and/or repair all this material, which we have previously collected from our customers. The most representative example is the case of hangers, in which we separate those that are suitable, on one hand, by sending them back to the garment manufacturers, and we proceed to recycle those that are damaged and cannot fulfil the function for which they were manufactured.

3. Recycling/Processing


Those hangers that have been separated and cannot be reused due to their poor condition are recycled. This is how we manage to recover the plastic material and generate other products suitable for use in household goods, cosmetics, the automotive sector and other industries.

By following these three phases, we close the circle of plastic consumption by obtaining a certificate with the origins, qualities and useful life of this wise material that is capable of complying with the strictest traceability standards and contributing to the care of the environment.

Now we only need you. To join this project in your daily life, to know that the principles on which the RTS project is based (respect for the environment and care for products to extend their useful life) can also be applied at home, extending the useful life of the products you use on a daily basis.  RTS does not only mean Return To Source, it also means Rethinking and Transforming Sustainability, which is what we do every day at Erum. 

If companies and individuals put all our hopes in achieving a better world to live in, do you think we can’t achieve it? WE CERTAINLY CAN!

Turn our “PROJECT” into your “PROJECT”

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.