11 Oct 2022

Working with 180 stakeholder organisations representing the flexible packaging value chain to promote recycling and build a circular economy

Geleen, Netherlands: Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, is pleased to announce it has become a member of CEFLEX, to help build the circular economy for flexible packaging, and promote the development of recycling technologies in Europe.

CEFLEX is a collaboration of over 180 European companies, associations, and organisations bringing together the entire value chain of flexible packaging to tackle the complex technical and business barriers to a circular economy. CEFLEX has an established roadmap and targets to achieve a circular economy for flexible packaging and increase recycling efforts across the EU. The consortium’s goals include establishing guidelines on packaging design, driving collection and sorting of flexible packaging materials, and the identification of sustainable end markets for their downstream use.

For the last two decades, Intertek’s scientists have supported plastics and polymers companies to optimise the value of recycled materials whilst ensuring their quality and safety. Building on this commitment to create a circular economy for plastics and polymers, Intertek launched CircularAssure earlier this year. This innovative programme of assurance, testing, and certification services can be applied across the recycled plastic value chain to help each stakeholder ensure flexible packaging flows back into the economy, reducing raw material dependence and ensuring quality and safety of products.

Ross McCluskey, EVP Europe & Central Asia, said: “We are delighted to join the CEFLEX community and help build the circular economy for plastics and flexible packaging in Europe. Intertek has been a force for good for over 130 years, and we remain committed to making our world ever better. CEFLEX’s goals resonate strongly with our own, and align with our new CircularAssure programme, which supports businesses to develop recycling technologies or maximise recycled content and ensure their products are safe, perform well, and meet regulatory standards.”

Graham Houlder, Consortium Co-ordinator said: “Only by working together, with a common focus, can we collectively achieve the flexible packaging value chain’s ambitious sustainability goal of making flexible packaging materials circular. We welcome Intertek to our growing CEFLEX consortium and value highly the expertise and insights they bring to help deliver our ‘Mission Circular’.”

Intertek is committed to helping address the effects of climate change, focusing both on its own sustainability performance and on developing innovative products and services to help clients deliver their sustainability agendas. As a CEFLEX member, Intertek is supporting the creation of a circular economy for flexible packaging through its polymer testing and regulatory experts’ scientific insight and industry knowledge. Intertek’s polymer and plastics laboratories also help the global chemical and polymer sectors to navigate the challenges of product development, regulatory authorisation, and production through analytical testing, laboratory services, auditing, training, and assurance services.

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The Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging (CEFLEX) initiative is a collaboration of over 180 European companies, associations and organisations representing the entire value chain of flexible packaging. Together, we work to make all flexible packaging in Europe circular by 2025.