In the last two years, more than 2,000 companies that are part of Ecoembes have implemented 7,694 eco-design measures to reduce the environmental impact of the packaging they market. Thirty percent of these measures are focused on improving the recyclability of packaging and incorporating recycled materials into their production. Additionally, there is a continued commitment to lightening packaging by reducing its weight and making it reusable.

Thanks to these measures, over 992,000 tons of CO2 emissions were avoided in 2021 and 2022. Companies associated with Ecoembes are persistently placing the circular economy at the core of their strategy to address the challenges posed by new legislation while responding to the increasingly sustainable lifestyles of consumers. In this context, eco-design emerges as one of the fundamental tools to progress toward this new model, ensuring the circularity of packaging, reducing its environmental impact, and facilitating recycling.

According to the latest report from the VIII Business Prevention Plan (2021-2023) by Ecoembes, the non-profit environmental organization coordinating packaging recycling and eco-design in Spain, in the last two years, 2,093 companies affiliated with Ecoembes have implemented 7,694 eco-design measures aimed at reducing the environmental impact of the packaging they market. This has resulted in saving over 62,500 tons of raw materials, improving 4,654 million packages, and preventing the emission of 992,798 tons of CO2.

In terms of the types of measures, the most commonly adopted by companies are those aimed at improving the recyclability of packaging and reintegrating recycled material in their production, constituting 30% of the total. Following these are measures related to weight reduction (26%), redesigning packaging for better resource and space utilization (18%), opting for materials with a lower environmental impact (12%). Other essential measures for advancing towards a circular economy and also being implemented include eliminating elements from the packaging or bulk purchasing (11%) and manufacturing reusable packaging (3%).

For 25 years, Ecoembes has been working with companies to reduce the environmental impact of packaging. Thanks to their commitment, packaging is becoming increasingly recyclable and incorporates recycled materials. They are also manufacturing reusable packaging, although there are still challenges ahead, and, of course, reducing the use of unnecessary packaging. This way, we progress towards a circular economy while complying with the European regulations, which we will likely see implemented next year,” stated Begoña de Benito, Director of External Relations at Ecoembes.

Regarding the type of company, the majority of the proposed measures have been implemented by SMEs (62%). In terms of business activity, the food sector represents 51% of the total, followed by industries related to personal and household care (16%), those specialized in home equipment (18%), the textile and leather sector (8%), and motor and leisure companies (7%).

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