EPRO Honors Best Recycled Product 2013
The uBin scrap collector, designed and manufactured by Green Warehouse Ltd., Bristol in the UK, won first prize in the ‘Best Recycled Product 2013‘ competition, offered by EPRO, the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations, and the supporting organizations PlasticsEurope, EUPR, EUPC and ACR+.
The second prize winner were the vinyPlus façade panels from the German Vinylit Fassaden GmbH. This new, sustainable product connects 100% recycled PVC with a high quality and maintenance-free surface. Chosen for the third place was the eco-core from Wellman International, Ireland, a sustainable polyester staple fiber manufactured from post-consumer PET bottles.
In 2009 EPRO started to invite manufacturers of products containing recycled plastics to participate in this annual competition. Since then the key objective has continuously been to raise awareness of the value and versatility of used plastics whether it is post-consumer or post-industrial, promote the opportunity to recycle this material and recognize it as a valuable resource, and not waste. Meanwhile, the competition has seen nearly 150 entries from 25 countries and witnessed an increased range of applications for recycled plastic.
All entries have to meet a couple of criteria, including containing a substantial percentage of post-consumer/post-industrial plastics (50% and over), being a marketable product or a product that entered the market in 2010 or later, being sustainable and having been produced in Europe. In 2013 a panel consisting of representatives of EPRO, PlasticsEurope, EUPR, EUPC and ACR+ from across Europe has assessed the entries and prequalified three participants for Identiplast, where the final ranking from 1 to 3 was chosen by the audience.
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