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In Chile, less than 12% of the plastics on the market are currently recycled. This low number may be attributed to different factors, one of which is that there are still many problematic plastic packaging circulating in the market, that is, they cannot be recycled in practice. On the other hand, the production of products with recycled plastic remains relatively low, mainly due to little demand, making investment in recycling unattractive.

Initiative

Fundación Revalora has committed its efforts to solving both issues creatively generating a positive social impact. Through its R&D team, it has developed a plastic recycling processes that allows recycling even the most complex types of plastic, which are often considered problematic.

As a result, Revalora has succeeded in creating the Eco-Tabla (or ecological plank). This material is not only visually attractive, but also has great physical properties that allow it to be a material used in housing constructions, playground areas, and other structures.

The proposal set out by Revalora has been very well received by a number of companies given it solves a rather difficult problem. Such is the case of Nestlé, with whom they established a partnership in February to promote PP5 (polypropylene) packaging. These containers will be collected from the recycling locations at the Pronto Copec service stations, with whom Nestlé established an agreement to collect and recover said products.

Furthermore, Fundación Revalora’s effort to support the circularity of plastic containers and packaging does not end with the industrial recycling of the material. Through its Botellas de amor (Bottles of Love), the foundation gives citizens an option to recycle containers and packaging that are difficult to recycle or that are not accepted in many places.

Consumers use plastic bottles and fill them manually with these plastics, seeking to reach their maximum capacity, and then these bottles are arranged in certain locations to finally be collected and transferred to the new Revalora plant located in Casablanca.

Impact

This past year, Fundación Revalora successfully prevented over 40 tons of plastic from reaching dumps, landfills and natural ecosystems. Moreover, through its new partnerships with mass consumption product companies and its new recycling plant in Casablanca, this value will increase substantially.

"At Fundación Revalora we believe in the collaboration between parties and this agreement is a clear example of an initiative that aims to have triple impact, which means: contributing to the care of the environment, preventing tons of plastics from ending up in our oceans, social development, through the improvement of vulnerable public spaces, and the promotion of the circular economy in our country.

We are certain that plastic is a resource that also has a social value. Under a circular economy model, we will give a second life to plastics and we will also be able to show our commitment to post-consumption recycling in sustainable infrastructures such as playgrounds and, in a near future, in social housing".

Bárbara Gómez, Executive Director, Fundación Revalora Chile.
Initiative Commitment
25%

The plastic containers and packaging must have between their different formats on average, 25% recycled material.

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