With increasing attention to sustainability issues and following the indications of the European strategy for plastic and the circular economy*, we have embarked on a path to reduce consumption and production of plastic for our packaging. This has already given the first important results in the course of 2018 and will certainly lead us to drastically reduce over the next 3 years the plastic materials produced. We will be well ahead of the deadlines set by the European commission, which has 2030 as the time limit for recyclability of all plastic packaging.
Our programme, ARS, has 3 separate areas regarding production and consumption of plastic: abolition, reduction and development.
ABOLITION Already in 2018 we have eliminated 70% of non-recyclable packaging. By 2020 we will have totally eliminated non-recyclable packaging from our production cycles.
REDUCTION Our 4-year programme will result in cutting 51% of our total plastic production and consumption. Already in 2017-2018 we have seen the first significant results.
2017-2018 – 35 thousand kg of plastic less was produced, against an increase in units sold
2018-2019 – an estimated 14 thousand kg of plastic less will be produced against same number of units sold
2019-2020 – 5 thousand kg of plastic less
2020-2021 – 42 thousand kg of plastic less
For a total saving of 95 thousand kg of plastic (-51%).
DEVELOPMENT Significant investments have been made to improve the efficiency and the technological characteristics of our production lines with a view to paying greater attention to the issues of sustainability and respect for the environment, and therefore to the consumption and production of plastics. Obviously this activity of ours cannot result in a general impact unless it is inserted in a wider context of collaboration and sharing on the part of all our stakeholders. This is what underpins the relationship of collaboration between Arbi and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, whose institutional role in the field of research and, of course, significant scientific weight can stimulate and help to diffuse and share the Blue Resolution project.
* Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. Strasbourg, 16.1.2018