24 Jan Amerplast recognized as one of the most interesting circular economy companies in Finland
Amerplast recognized as one of the most interesting circular economy companies in Finland
(Tampere 24.1.2018) The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra has included Amerplast in its listing of most interesting companies in circular economy in Finland that showcases the country’s most inspiring examples of circular economy. Amerplast earned its ranking for its use of plastic waste from consumers and industry as raw material for ESSI Circular Bags, thereby helping conserve the environment and lowering manufacturing costs.
Amerplast launched its new line of carrier bags, ESSI Circular Bag, in January 2017. The bags are manufactured at the Amerplast carrier bag factory in Tampere, Finland, and contain over 90 % of recycled plastic material out of which ca. half derives from plastic waste collected from Finnish households. The collected plastic waste is sorted and separated for various types of use at the Fortum Circular Economy Village processing plant in Riihimäki, from where Amerplast purchases melt-ready polyethylene granules processed from plastic waste for use as a raw material. Used bags can be recycled again.
“Amerplast aims at being a leader in transforming the flexible packaging industry into an environmentally sound business. As part of this we are increasing and further developing the use of recycled materials, with the objective of developing also other commercial products solely from recycled plastic”, says Amerplast CEO Børge Kvamme. “It is exciting to be part of making circular economy a reality. Developing more sustainable and environmentally friendly packaging solutions is part of our mission and both a business opportunity and an opportunity to contribute to a better future for generations to come.”
Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, is an independent public foundation that operates under the supervision of the Finnish Parliament. Sitra aims at making Finland a successful pioneer in sustainable well-being by anticipating societal trends, exploring alternatives for development and bringing together partners from different sectors for open-minded trials and reforms.