Sustainability Report 2020

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“Anyone aiming to become a circular company will have to move away from taboos. There is no law, for example, saying that single-use products cannot be reused.”

Nicole Pingitzer (Greiner Bio-One) Product Manager

Moving away from a throw-away society

We live in a throw-away society. Throwing things out is at the core of a linear economy. Under this system, products are usually incinerated or sent to landfill after they are used. Products are recycled or even reused far too infrequently. It is time for this system to come to an end. It raises the question of whether single-use products can be reused and whether this will create another economy. The goal must be to prolong the useful life. This is the starting point for reusing products. We also have to systematically change the “end of life” of products, i.e. their disposal, so that products never go to waste and are instead reused. Achieving this will create a systematic incentive to make products and materials a part of the circular economy.

Our goal

We want to be climate neutral by 2030.

Our targets


By 2025, packaging at Greiner Packaging should be 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable.

Our performance


Almost one third of Greiner Packaging packaging is recyclable according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s definition of Global Commitment.

Circular economy
The circular economy is a model for production and consumption where existing materials and products are shared, reused, repaired, reprocessed and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle of products.
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One definition of the end of a product’s life cycle is when it is no longer produced. Beyond this, end-of-life management also covers a product’s entire life cycle. The focus here is mainly on disposing of or recycling the product after its useful life.
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