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The supplier of plastic-based multi-packaging systems has committed to achieving four ambitious goals, including ensuring that all of its plastic packaging is 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025.

Clare Goldsberry

October 29, 2020

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Hi-Cone Worldwide, a global supplier of plastic-based multi-packaging systems, has joined the U.S. Plastics Pact, a collaborative initiative to forge a path to a circular economy for plastics in the United States by 2025.

“Hi-Cone joining the U.S. Plastics Pact is further evidence of our commitment to creating a circular plastics economy and ensuring this material doesn’t become waste,” said Shawn Welch, Vice President and General Manager of Hi-Cone Worldwide. “The pact is creating substantive change regarding how our country deals with plastic, and Hi-Cone is eager to advance this fundamental shift in the packaging industry.”

Hi-Cone has agreed to collectively deliver against four ambitious goals:

  1. Designate problematic or unnecessary packaging by 2021 and take measures to eliminate it by 2025.

  2. Ensure that all plastic packaging is 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025.

  3. Undertake ambitious actions to effectively recycle or compost 50% of plastic packaging by 2025.

  4. Achieve 30% average recycled content or responsibly sourced bio-based content in plastics by 2025.

Hi-Cone has already begun transforming its multipack packaging portfolio to RingCycles, a 50% post-consumer recycled product that eliminates more than 25 million pounds of virgin plastic per year. The company is also on target to provide packaging that is 100% recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable by 2025.

Hi-Cone launched its RingRecycleMe program in partnership with Avangard Innovative this past August.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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