Circular Economy

The world economic forum states “A circular economy is an industrial system that is restorative or regenerative by intention and design. It replaces the end-of-life concept with restoration, shifts towards the use of renewable energy, eliminates the use of toxic chemicals, which impair reuse and return to the biosphere, and aims for the elimination of waste through the superior design of materials, products, systems and business models”.

Pharmapac works hard to produce as little waste as possible in the manufacturing process and to create products that can be reused or recycled.

All of the products we produce are made from recyclable resins – which means that 100% of Pharmapac jars and bottles are recyclable.

We are staunch advocates of using post consumer recyclates, or PCR. Post consumer refers to products once consumers are done with them. And recyclates are things that can be recycled. PCRs, then, are created when recycled resins go back into the reproduction of new plastic packaging, such as rPET, a polymer that is recycled into other products.

Pharmapac packaging that has completed its life cycle as a consumer item gets recycled in commercial and residential recycling programs to be used again.

We also use another type of recycled content, called post-industrial. This is where we use our own production recyclate and recycle it back into our products where possible. We have invested in modernisation upgrades to equipment to increase our post-manufacturing recyclate capabilities. We also have strong partnerships with many inspiring recycling businesses like FuturePost who turn recycled plastics into farm fence posts and supply recyclate to Circular Brands like Method Bins who use PP recyclate in their bins.



How we can help you to go circular

All the resins used by Pharmapac are 100% recyclable, recycled, or plant-based.

  • We design packaging that can be recycled via kerbside recycling schemes.
  • We supply packaging made from pre/post-consumer recycled materials.
  • We supply packaging made from renewable materials for recycling, like sugarcane.

We have signed up to meet 2025 packaging commitments via the NZ Packaging Declaration. We offer several food-grade recycled PET (rPET) packaging options. We produce packaging in recyclable polymers #1, #2, #5, and plant-based PE packaging.

We are currently researching options in food-grade rHDPE and rPP.

Talk to us about any of your rigid polymer packaging requirements, how to make these more circular, and keep these products in the loop.

Pharmapac is proud to have our post-industrial PP recycled into great products like Method Bins.

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