PCR

Post Consumer Recycled Materials

One half to three quarters of annual resource inputs to industrial economies is returned to the environment as wastes within just one year.

Weight of Nations: Material Outflows from Industrial Economies, World Resource Institute

 

According to a Nielsen global online study, a surprising 51% of Baby Boomers between the ages of 50 and 64 and 72% of those aged between 15 and 20 — Generation Z— will pay more for products and services from companies committed to making a positive environmental impact. 

Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Materials

Our commitment to sustainability and the quest for a greener environment means we offer packaging components that incorporate post-consumer recycled materials for plastic products such as terephthalate (rPET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), and Polypropylene, Metal, Glass, and Paper components that use recycled materials. 

These materials are collected in community recycling programs, sorted, cleaned, converted and used to manufacture new components  One of these materials, rPET (PET PCR) is used today in various markets to include Personal Care, Household Products, Nutraceutical, Sports Nutrition, and Beverage Products. 

What Exactly Is PCR? I often hear people throwing around the acronym PCR, but what exactly is PCR and why is it environmentally friendly? Well, what if I told you that every time you put your recycling curbside, that pile of recycling is actually what turns into PCR. After your recycling is processed, we use that material to make new packaging. Here are the packaging materials we recycle most: Plastic (Link to Plastic PCR page) Metal (Link to Metal page) Glass (Link to Glass page) Paper (Link to Paper page)
How long has PCR been used in packaging? PCR materials, have been a staple of many industries. Paper, Metal and Glass products have been using PCR materials for decades. As a result, they’ve innovated ways to improve the process, reduce the amount of virgin materials used and improve the look and feel of products using the recycled materials. Today, we see the value of Metal, Glass, Paper and Plastic packaging that use recycled materials. How can we find packaging with recycled content? At Nugen, our 30 years of packaging experience coupled with our focus on sustainability, means we will help you find the right component with the most positive impact on the environment! Browse our packaging section and if you don’t find what you're looking for, let us know and we’ll search our extensive, network!