Sustainability

Profol, the environment and recyclability

Environmental protection for today and tomorrow is a high priority for Profol. We regularly evaluate our energy use and consumption of raw materials throughout the production process and company. Our practices include energy recycling and the utilization of recyclable materials in our manufacturing processes.

Economy

Polypropylene (PP) and other polyolefin polymers have a tangible economic advantage over other materials. Low specific gravity, modern processing methods and the use of inexpensive raw materials make polyolefin granules the best option for cost-effective plastics. This is one reason why more and more companies are selecting polyolefin resins such as polypropylene as their preferred polymer.

Ecology

Polypropylene polymers are environmentally friendly. Unlike other plastic films, polypropylene is free of plasticizers, acids and heavy metal compounds. PP materials are safe as well as kind to the skin. Profol films are neutral in taste and odor, which make them well suited for food packaging. Polypropylene films can be easily recycled by material recycling or by thermal recovery.

Biodegradable

Profol’s cast polypropylene films, which have the EcoPure™ additive, are biodegradable according to ASTM D5511-02 (Standard Test Method for Determining the Anaerobic Biodegradability of Plastics under Stable Anaerobic Degradation Conditions)*. These conditions are intended to simulate conditions in anaerobic landfills.

Our films manufactured with the EcoPure™ additive are storage-stable and will not biodegrade until the film comes into contact with microorganisms commonly found in soil or landfills. With this technology, no UV light, no heat exposure and no mechanical stress are required to degrade the polymer. Our polyolefin films remain stable in storage and offer extended shelf life.

Sustainability at Profol in figures

2020
Profol wins the German Sustainability Award with CPPeel polypropylene based peelable lidding.
100
percent recyclable - this is the outstanding feature of the Profol pouch film
76
percent less C02 emissions from manufacturing our polypropylene peelable lids compared to aluminum lids