Sustainable Packaging Design

As a member of Repak we thank you for your valued contribution over the past twenty years in helping Ireland bring packaging recycling from 15% in 1997 to 67% today.

We have now entered a new era in the environmental management of packaging and plastic waste packaging in particular. The new Circular Economy Package and the Circular Economy Plastic Strategy now require us all to re-evaluate how we manage our plastic packaging waste.

The EU recently set out a vision for a new plastics economy in Europe where by 2030: –

  • Plastics and products containing plastics are designed to allow for greater durability, reuse and high-quality recycling.
  • 100% of plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable.
  • Targets for plastics recycling within the new packaging waste legislation are set at 55% by 2030.
  • Viable end markets for recycled and renewable plastics to be created and more products incorporate recycled content.

Therefore as your packaging compliance scheme we are looking for the support of our members in signing up to Ireland’s Pledge on Plastic Packaging Waste many of which are aligned with your own environmental policies.
Your pledge will help Ireland to achieve these targets and therefore make a real difference in achieving the vision as set for a plastics economy for Ireland and Europe.

Click here to download and sign Ireland’s Pledge on Plastic Packaging Waste.

Once signed please keep a copy to display at your premises and email a copy to prevention@repak.ie. Alternatively you can return it by post to:-

Brian Walsh
Repak Limited
Red Cow Interchange Estate
1 Ballymount Road
Clondalkin Dublin 22
D22 HW67
Ireland

As part of Repak’s ‘Prevent and Save’ programme we have accumulated lots of great case studies in best practice and innovation. This section of the website is designed to capture all those ideas under each material grouping. It is intended to offer some fresh approaches to packaging challenges which our member companies often experience.

We are always seeking new case studies and feedback to further build this section so please keep us informed of any recent innovations your own company has made to optimise their packaging.

For more information relating to a particular topic simply click on the relevant link below:

Please also refer to the Packaging Design Brief and Checklist within our Packaging Optimisation Toolkit for guidance on designing packaging in a holistic manner. This toolkit is available in the tools and services section of our website.

Design for Recycling

The below case study highlights the recent launch of the fully recyclable coffee cup “ReCUP” by Repak member Cup Print Ltd. The ReCUP coffee cup is accepted for recycling by Panda Recycling in both Ireland and the UK.

Case study