New circular packaging solutions for the BIO dairy sector
The Spanish multinational Repsol has reached an agreement with the leading international company in the field of rigid plastic packaging Jokey Group, and Spanish organic dairy company Cantero de Letur.
The Cantero de Letur Group will pioneer the use of recycled plastic packing in the organic dairy industry in Spain for its cheese products. Manufactured by Jokey, this sustainable packaging will use ISCC Plus certified Repsol Reciclex® circular polypropylene.
The technologies used by Repsol to manufacture these circular resins make it possible to take advantage of non-recyclable plastic waste that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Thus, waste becomes a new raw material for Repsol's processes, to produce new circular materials with the same quality and functionality as virgin resins. And therefore, they are even suitable for the food industry with its high quality and hygiene requirements. In early 2020, Repsol certified all its petrochemical complexes to produce under the ISCC Plus accreditation. Jokey received this certification in August 2020 at four production sites, including Spain. This certification stands for the use and traceability of recycled materials.
"As we currently see the evolving market of new sustainable materials, the Repsol-Jokey-Cantero project is one of the first to pilot the purpose of demonstrating the long-term applicability of recycled plastics. Real, working business and material flow models will attract more partners and drive segments and the plastics industry toward a circular economy." said Michael Schmidt, Chief Procurement Officer at Jokey.
“This new alliance announced today allows us to continue advancing in our ambition to recycle the equivalent of 20 percent of our polyolefins production. At Repsol, we are fully committed to the circular economy, having a circular economy strategy since 2016. That is why we aim to offer society materials that incorporate recycling, to make end consumers participants of a responsible and circular consumption without them perceiving changes in their quality,” said Fernando Arroyo, Polypropylene Director at Repsol.
By investing in this technology, "we will meet the constant demand of our consumers for the creation of products and packaging with the lowest possible environmental impact," says Pablo Cuervo-Arango, CEO of Cantero de Letur.
With this alliance, the three companies show their commitment to the environment and the circular economy, reduce the production and consumption of virgin materials, and respond to consumers' demands for more environmentally friendly packaging, leading the transition in a sector with high hygiene safety requirements.
Repsol is a global multi-energy supplier that facilitates the transition towards an energy model with fewer emissions. It operates low-emission power generation assets and is developing several photovoltaic and wind renewable energy projects. Repsol has set the ambitious goal of being a net-zero emissions company by 2050. To address it Repsol will rely on four key pillars: energy efficiency, the circular economy, renewable hydrogen, and the capture and use of CO2.
Oriented towards the circular economy, the company's chemical business will also make a decisive contribution to a more decarbonized economy and is committed to the efficiency of its industrial chemical processes. Its products are used to make everyday objects that improve people's quality of life, well-being, and safety. Its wide variety of chemical products range from base petrochemicals to derivatives and include a wide range of polyolefins, all 100% recyclable. The company also has three large petrochemical facilities in Europe where differentiated products with high added value are developed. With this initiative, Repsol continues advancing in its ambition to recycle 20% of the polyolefins it produces. Together with the rest of the initiatives that make up its circular economy strategy, it becomes a boost to their commitment announced in December 2019 to become net-zero emissions by 2050.
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About the Cantero de Letur group
Cantero de Letur is a Spanish pioneer in the production of dairy products with organic certification. The group of companies produces, among other things, yoghurt and kefir from cow's, goat's and sheep's milk based on the high quality and freshness of the raw material and the simplicity of natural products and without any kind of additive.
The company was launched more than 30 years ago on the initiative of Francisco Cuervo, who produced and distributed milk and some types of cheese in the town and villages. In 1990, he decided to create a company with the aim of developing the region and promoting human and animal life and welfare.
Cantero de Letur's mission is to produce healthy and natural food that serves the well-being of people while respecting well-being of animals. In this way, the company aims to contribute to the local development of its immediate surroundings and promotes ideas about healthy food and a healthy environment that can be used to build sustainable relationships.
More information at: https://elcanterodeletur.com