Plastic was discovered in 1950 and its potential was immediately perceived: it was light, strong, cost effective. It has changed our lives, and today we can no longer do without it!
It is essential for food preservation, healthcare, workplace safety, transport and for basic consumer goods. The plastic processing industry is the backbone of the entire Italian manufacturing system: 11,000 companies and 110,000 people are involved in plastic processing.
From its invention until now, only 60% of the plastic has been recycled: Some of what remains is sent for incineration and the rest is accumulating in the environment.
CTP has been addressing this problem for years and has become part of the IPPR (Institute for the promotion of recycled materials). CTP, always aware of its responsibility towards the planet and our future generations, proposes new types of materials , which have been fully tested on our products, achieving excellent results, and are ready to enter the market.
Recycling waste means to re use , by recovering raw materials, rather than having it disposed of in landfills or incinerators.
Through the recycling and reprocessing of plastic waste, a new “second raw material” can be created.
This activity is vital to help our planet, as it reduces raw material (oil) consumption, energy usage and CO2 emissions.The waste directive 2008/98 / EC aims to make waste a resource, a product that can be reused and re-introduced into the economic system.
Which kind of plastic
– HDPE (high density polyethylene)
is a recycled polymer that comes from the collection of detergents’ bottles and similar goods.
– ECO ALLENE (polyethylene + aluminum)
is a plastic material obtained from the recovery of tetra pack containers.These materials are not suitable for food contact.
GREEN PE is a sustainable polymer made from the ethanol obtained from sugar cane processing.
The final product has the same technical standards as conventional polyethylene.
The use of Green PE as an alternative to the petrochemical one, reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
Currently, for 1 Kg. of Green PE produced, 3.09 Kg. of CO2 are absorbed.
On the other hand, to produce 1 Kg. of PE in petrochemicals, we also produce 1.83 Kg. of CO2.
To identify products made in Green PE , you can look for the “I’m green” logo.
This bioplastic is suitable for food contact
A biodegradable plastic is obtained from natural renewable material, (sugar cane, cornstarch vegetable oils) whose biodegradation is a biochemical process where the micro-organisms naturally present in the environment convert the plastic polymer into water, carbon dioxide and biomass.
Biodegradable does not mean compostable.
A compostable plastic is a material that, according to the definition of the American Society for Testing & Materials is “able to undergo a biological decomposition in a place used for composting, splitting into carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds and biomass, at a speed with other compostable materials such as cellulose, and not leaves toxic residues “.
The European standard UNI EN 13432 establishes that, in the normal composting cycle, the elements must decompose by 90% within 3 months and after 6 months they must be digested by micro-organisms
We can offer you the following materials:
– MATERB: corn starch biopolymer (100%).
– PLA: sugar cane biopolymer, 100% from renewable sources.
The main advantage of bio-based plastic products compared to conventional plastics, is that for their production fossil resources are not used, but only renewable natural resources, contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, both in the initial phase of processing and in the eventual final phase in the incinerator.
All these bioplastics are suitable for food contact.