What is PCR Plastic?

2021-03-23 13:39Qingdao Haihong Packing

The full name of PCR is post-consumer Recycled material.

It usually refers to Recycled materials such as PET, PP and HDPE, which are then processed into plastic raw materials used to make new packaging materials.Figuratively speaking, discarded packaging has been given a second life.


Mainly because it helps protect the environment.Raw plastics are usually made from chemical materials, and reprocessing has huge benefits for the environment.But that's not the only reason to use them.

The more people who use PCR, the greater the demand.This, in turn, drives the recycling of more plastic packaging, which also further drives the commercial process of recycling, which means that less plastic ends up in landfills, rivers, and oceans.

Many countries around the world are legislating to make PCR plastics mandatory.

Using PCR plastics also adds a sense of environmental responsibility to your brand, which can be a highlight of your branding.

Many consumers are also willing to pay for PCR-packaged products to make your products more commercially viable.

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Are there any drawbacks to using PCR?

It is clear that PCR, as a recycled material, may not be used in the packaging of products with particularly high hygienic standards, such as medicines or medical devices.In addition, PCR plastics may have a different color than non-recycled plastics and may contain spots or other impure colors.In addition, the PCR plastic material has a lower consistency than the raw plastic, making it more challenging to plastic or process.However, once the material is accepted, all the difficulties can be overcome, allowing PCR plastics to be better used in the right products.Of course, you don't have to use 100% PCR as your packaging material upfront, even 10% is a good start.

What is the difference between PCR plastic and other "green" plastics?

PCR usually refers to the packaging raw materials made from recycled packaging of goods that have been sold at ordinary times.There are many less strictly recyclable plastics on the market than ordinary plastics, but they can still provide substantial environmental benefits.Such as:

-> PIR, used by some people to distinguish between Post Consumer Resin and Post Industrial Resin.Its source is generally in the distribution chain of crates and transport pallets, and even when the factory injection products produced the nozzle, card, defective products, etc., directly from the factory recycling, reuse.It is also good for the environment and is generally much better than PCR at integral molding.


Bioplastics, especially biopolymers, are plastics made from raw materials extracted from living things, such as plants, rather than by chemical synthesis.The term does not necessarily imply that plastic is biodegradable and can be misinterpreted.


Biodegradable and compostable plastics are plastics that break down more easily and quickly than regular plastics.Currently, there's a lot of debate among recyclers, producers and industry experts about whether these materials benefit the environment because they disrupt the normal biological decomposition process and don't necessarily break down into harmless substances in landfills unless the conditions are just right.That may depend on how fast it degrades.In this case, if it degrades fast enough, it could end up composting garden waste and never make it into the recycling stream.

In conclusion, using a certain percentage of recyclable polymers in the package is the fastest and most economical way to show that you care.It can only bring good.