Thanks to a joint effort with Smart Plastic Technologies, this international nonwovens manufacturer is making breakthroughs in end-of-life solutions for nonwovens, with a technology that renders polyolefins degradable.
With 47,000 global employees across more than 300 locations, Berry Global partners with customers to develop, design, and manufacture innovative products with an eye toward the circular economy. As the largest manufacturer of nonwovens globally, Berry provides unmatched scale and sustainability expertise, helping customers to solve sustainability challenges big and small.
One of Berry’s latest successes is the formation of a closed-loop recycling ecosystem to use 90% post-industrial recycled materials for the manufacturing of its Endura™ spunbond and meltblown nonwovens product line. Through its recycling infrastructure, Berry can now provide nonwovens customers with an outlet for post-industrial recycled plastic scrap. Products under the Endura product line are recognized under the SCS Recycled Content Certification, which measures the percentage of recycled content for the purpose of making an accurate claim in the marketplace, allowing customers the ability to include the SCS logo on-pack.
Berry introduced the closed-loop recycling ecosystem earlier this year with manufacturing in six of its existing European locations. Through the ecosystem, Berry supplies customers with nonwoven materials, receives post-industrial scrap from the conversion processes of its customers, and then incorporates the recycled content into Berry’s Endura nonwovens line. The result: within the Endura line, Berry now offers spunbond products containing up to 90% recycled content for use in applications such as disinfectant wipes, home and bedding, roofing, and carpet tiles.
The use of post-industrial materials results in a 70% reduction of CO emissions during the manufacturing process, per kilogram versus virgin materials. This reduction in CO emissions directly impacts Berry’s Science Based Target to reduce absolute scope 1+2 emissions 25% from 2019.
Through the introduction of the Endura collection and recycling plan for spunbound materials, Berry aims to increase the availability of post-industrial recycled materials, reducing dependence on virgin polymers. By increasing the circularity of its nonwovens products, Berry further increases its access to valuable recycled plastic. Within the Endura ecosystem, Berry collaborates with customers to collect and repelletize nonwovens scrap from customer operations. In turn, the material collected reenters the product stream in the form of new nonwovens materials for customers.