CIRCULAR ECONOMY IS IN OUR DNA

As an innovative supplier of specialty polyesters solutions, Selenis is dedicated to providing solutions to the challenges our planet faces. Our long history in the polymers industry feeds our know-how and experience to achieve sustainability in both the solutions we offer to our customers as well as in our own operations.

Selenis’ goal is to provide sustainable solutions that support the advancement of a circular economy and considerably reduce plastic waste. We are devoted to playing our role in society’s collective response to the challenges we face, by jointly working across the value chain to create tangible solutions.  

Selenis focuses on developing products that meet sustainable standards in recyclability, eco- resource efficiency and eco-friendly compositions (alternatives to conventional materials such as BPA and styrene). For this reason, Selenis has focused on a circular economy for PET since our foundation. It’s in our DNA.

OUR PLEDGE FOR THE PLANET

Selenis Eco Resins incorporate up to 50%
post-consumer recycled content

ADVANCING IN ECO DESIGN

At Selenis we believe in science. To us, investments in R&D are a priority and our technology focuses on delivering solutions that close the loop.

OUR GOAL:
Accelerate the shift towards a circular economy

ECO SERIES

PET has an established, accessible end-of-life option – recycling. To Selenis, recycling PET is a lot more than keeping PET bottles out of landfill. To Selenis, recycling PET is about creating a valuable manufacturing feedstock that can be reprocessed and used as a raw material in the production of specialty copolyesters. This is why launched our ECO Series, supplying a sustainable version of all our product portfolio that include up to 50% post-consumer recycled content. Selenis ECO resins enable brand owners to:

Achieve commitments on
recycled content

Accomplish ambitious
waste reduction goals

Meet 2030 target of
at least 30%
recycled content

TAKING PET ON A SUSTAINABLE JOURNEY

ADVANTAGES OF PCR INCORPORATION

Incorporating post-consumer recycled content into the production of new raw materials greatly reduces carbon emissions and greenhouse gas, as well as requiring less energy overall to manufacture the new product.

Reduction of greenhouse gases
Reduction of carbon emissions
Decreased overall energy consumption for manufacturing new products
Creation of a circular economy

CONTRIBUTING TO CIRCULAR ECONOMY

At Selenis we bring positive end-of-life solutions for PET materials that might otherwise be discarded in landfills. Through our recycling process, polyester-based products are reduced to their polymer building blocks – called monomers. They are then reintroduced to the value chain as recycled polyester raw materials, delivering a true circular solution.

OUR SOURCE OF RECYCLED CONTENT

Through the mechanical recycling process of the recycling unit of our sister-company Evertis, we convert waste material into “new” raw material, without changing the basic structure. At Selenis we then convert the PET flake into new polymers through chemical recycling. 

At times Evertis has recovered a volume of

bottle bales equivalent to 90% of PET.

At Selenis we convert these bottles into new polymers

At our Industrial Site in Portugal, Selenis, Evertis (sister-company) and the Evertis recycling unit, are vertically integrated. As an integrated recycler, specialty polyester and multilayer barrier film producer, we have created synergies that translate into a lower carbon footprint thanks to the reduction of raw materials transportation costs.

MECHANICAL RECYCLING PROCESS

Disjoining bottles and prepare
stream for the following operations
Iron removal./Sleeve and labels
from bottles removal
Eliminate particules and residues
from bottles
Remove items made of material that are different from the primary resin and remove packaging or packing components that are not visible or detectable by optical sorting
Remove other resins than those in
the main PET stream and fine
sorting by material, shape and colour.
Reduce packaging into flakes.
Eliminate particles,
residues, glues, inks.
Guarantees an high
clean flake surface.
Material separation by
density difference.
Remove residual flake metal
particles like aluminium, steal and iron.
/Remove unwanted material
not eliminated.
Non PET Stream-Delivered to an authorized waste
management system.

ADVANTAGES OF MONOMER RECOVERY TROUGH CHEMICAL RECYCLING

SUPERIOR EFFICIENCY

Removal of solid contaminants during transfer of the monomer between the esterfier and the polymer autoclave with higher efficiency than mechanical recycling due to low melt viscosity of the monomer.

EXTRACTION OF MOST VOLATILE CONTAMINANTS

During the polycondensation process, that takes place in the polymer autoclave. In the course of the melt phase, the batch is submitted to a high vacuum level, below 1 mbar, for a significant period of time.

IMPROVED PROPERTIES

Final products have better overall properties when compared to mechanical recycling and no thermal history.

CHEMICAL RECYCLING PROCESS

BENEFITS OF INCORPORATION OF RECYCLED CONTENT

At Selenis we directly contribute to a circular economy as well as reducing our environmental footprint:

We reduce waste

Recycling helps reduce waste by bringing discarded materials to recycling facilities, such as ours. The cycle of waste ends at our recycling plant.

We save energy

Life cycle studies prove the following environmental benefits of recycling: the total energy required to produce rPET resin is at least 75% lower than the total energy demand for virgin PET. The process and transport energy required to produce rPET is 40% lower than that of virgin PET resin.

We conserve natural resources

Our planet ’s resources have been overused and been depleted over time. At Evertis, we strive to conserve our natural resources by recycling materials in our recycling plant.

We reduce GHG emissions

Recycling helps curb greenhouse gas emissions since new products are produced by materials that would otherwise have been filling up landfills. Instead of manufacturing products with 100% virgin raw materials, a process that emits more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, Evertis prioritizes recycling secondary raw materials, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions by almost 60%.

Do you want to explore further what we do to reduce our environmental footprint? Learn more in environment

OUR RECYCLING ACHIEVEMENTS

In 2019 our Group’s recycling unit efficiently recycled 10,000 tons of post-consumer PET equivalent to energy and volume savings of:

More than 13 billion
of smartphones charged
90
Olympic swimming
pools saved
22,000
Passenger vehicles
driven for one year
12,000
Home's energy use
for one year
55,000
Hectares of forest
in one year

TOGETHER FOR A WORLDWIDE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Associations are increasingly becoming a vital element for creating solutions that close the loop. Selenis believes in close engagement with organizations who share the same commitment to create initiatives for a circular economy. Either directly or through our sister-company Evertis, our group is a member of the following Foundations and Associations:

APR - USA

Selenis is a member of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR). Through this alliance we enhance plastic recycling by improving quality and increasing supply through technical resources, testing programs, design solutions, corporate training, regulatory leadership and educational programs.

PIEP

PIEP is an initiative of the plastics and molds sector that collaborates with the University of Minho, through the Department of Polymer Engineering (DEP-UM) and IAPMEI, of which Selenis is a member. The main objectives of PIEP, amongst others, are:

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Strengthen the competitiveness of the plastics and molds industry, through the development of proprietary technologies and the conception of innovative products.

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Promote a culture and an effective practice of R&D practices.

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Show the national endogenous capacity to respond, in useful time, to specific innovation challenges. 

PETCORE EUROPE

Petcore Europe is an association based in Brussels that represents the complete PET value chain in Europe. Their objective is to act “as the voice of the European PET industry, Petcore Europe’s mission is to enhance the value and sustainable growth of the complete PET value chain in Europe”.

Selenis participates in various Working Groups with the objective of listening to a variety of perspectives, sharing experience and knowledge, brainstorming for generation of ideas achieving a supportive collaboration. Selenis specifically contributes to the working groups that focus on:

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Recycling PET thermoforms - Tray to Tray

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PET monomer recycling special industry group

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Working Group on opaque and functional bottles

Selenis is part of a communication task force that is working on a future communications campaign with the main objective that PET remains the material of choice for packaging. Additionally, we have financially contributed to the campaign, together with several other members of Petcore Europe. 

NAPCOR

NAPCOR is an association for the PET Packaging Industry in the United States, Canada and Mexico, that brings together all the players in the supply to collaborate on key issues and projects.

Selenis has contributed towards NAPCOR’s Positively PET campaign, designed to:

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Educate consumers on PET attributes and how to recycle PET

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Promote environmental benefits of PET

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Counteract the negative imagery PET is receiving

SMART WASTE PORTUGAL

Smart Waste Portugal is a non-profit association “whose purpose is to create a nationwide platform that enhances waste as a resource, operating throughout the sector’s value chain, promoting Research, Development and Innovation, enhancing and encouraging cooperation between different entities, public and private, national and international”.

Selenis participates in several Working Groups that promote and support activities that contribute to a circular economy. Additionally, we influence EPRs to promote a tray-to-tray recycling stream.

PORTUGUESE PLASTICS PACTS & ELLEN MACARTHUR FOUNDATION

By signing the Pact, Selenis and the other entities involved subscribe and undertake to develop actions in order to achieve a set of ambitious goals and objectives for 2025, namely:

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By 2020 define a list of single-use plastics deemed problematic or unnecessary and define measures for their disposal, through redesign, innovation or alternative delivery models (reuse);

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Ensure that 100 % of plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable;

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Ensure that 70 % of plastic packaging is effectively recycled, increasing collection and recycling;

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Incorporate, on average, 30 % of recycled plastic in new plastic packaging;

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Promote consumer awareness and education activities (current and future) for the sustainable use of plastics.

european plastics pact

Selenis is a founding member of the European Plastic Pact, which aims to accelerate the shift towards the reuse and recycling of single-use plastic products and packaging.

CIRCULAR PLASTICS ALLIANCE

Selenis is a signatory member of the Circular Plastics Alliance, which, supported by the European Commission, endorses the ambitious target that by 2025 at least 10 million tons of recycled plastics should find their way into products and packaging in Europe each year.

Explore more, about our partnerships.

CHANGING CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR AND ATTITUDES

"IF WE FOCUS ON BANNING PLASTICS THE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS WILL BE DEVASTATING"

KIM RAGAERT
Professor on materials science and polymer processing at the University Ghent, Belgium

Selenis believes the benefits of PET are often under-rated and misjudged. In a world where citizens and consumers are constantly bombarded by information, there is confusion around PET and its role. This has led us to take a role in sensitizing our communities through educational programs developed by our team, as well as through contributions to communication campaigns such as Positively PET.

Learn more about our efforts in recycling.

PET has unique and versatile characteristics that no other material can match.
At Selenis we do our part in passing the message: 

HYGIENIC

health pandemics such as covid-19

SAFE

food safety requirements and no BPA’s

SUPERIOR BARRIER PROPERTIES

preserve and protect perishable products, helping to reduce food waste 

DURABLE

high impact resistance

LIGHTWEIGHT

reduce environmental footprint

RECYCLABLE AND REUSABLE

established recycling stream

Selenis commits to communicating credible, evidence-based and solutions-oriented information on PET and recycling. By giving consumers clearer information, we can educate them on the purpose and benefits of PET packaging and how and what can be recycled.