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 landfills. 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

Selenis Eco Resins contain recycled PET certified by Recyclass:

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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

ADVANTAGES OF MONOMER RECOVERY TROUGH MOLECULAR 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.

MOLECULAR RECYCLING PROCESS

The Selenis process recovers monomers through molecular recycling. Glycolysis is used to break-up PET waste and reduce it to its polymer building blocks—called monomers. Next, they are reintroduced to the value chain as recycled polyester raw materials.

What is unique about Selenis breaking-through technology is that we combine the recycled PET with virgin raw material at specific dosages, according to production throughput and desired percentage of recycled content, resulting in the production of new polyesters with high levels of PCR.

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 molecular 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

SELENIS PORTUGAL S.A. RECEIVES THE GREEN LABEL
CERTIFICATE FROM PALLET RETURN SYSTEMS (PRS)

Selenis has been certified by PRS for our efforts to accelerate a circular economy in our supply chain.

The PRS Green Label emphasizes our joint responsibility and recognizes our company’s efforts in actively contributing to this long standing truly circular model.

Through our partnership with PRS, Selenis provides sustainably sourced pallets that are either FSC or PEFC certified. At Selenis, we control the re-use and shared use of CP-type pallets, both internally and with our clients, by tracking and recollecting pallets for their reuse.

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

RECYCLING UNIT ACHIEVEMENTS 2020

At our Recycling Unit we efficiently recycled 10K tonnes of post-consumer PET equivalent to:

Greenhouse Benefits
2,800
Cars permanently
removed from roads
Water Savings
90
Olympic swimming
pools saved
Energy Savings
25,300
Average household energy usage saved per year
Landfill Space Savings
570,000
Wheelie bins
saved

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 organisations 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.

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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. 

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PETCORE EUROPE

Through our sister company Evertis, we participate in various Working Groups with the objective of listening to a variety of perspectives, sharing experience and knowledge, brainstorming for generation of ideas and 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

Evertis is part of a communication taskforce 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

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NAPCOR

Through our sister company Evertis, our group is a member of NAPCOR and actively collaborates with peers on key projects and tackle significant issues affecting PET packaging throughout its life cycle. Through our membership we reenforce our commitment to the responsibility of our environmental impact and recycling of our products.

Evertis 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

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SMART WASTE PORTUGAL

Through our sister company Evertis, we participate 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.

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PLASTICS PACTS & ELLEN MACARTHUR FOUNDATION

Founded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Plastics Pact is a network of global initiatives that gather all strategic stakeholders, at national or regional level, to implement solutions towards a circular economy for plastics. The pacts are based on the idea of a common vision for plastics that will accelerate the transition to a closed loop economy for plastics, referred to as a New Plastics Economy.

Through our sister company Evertis, our group is a founding member of both the Portuguese and the US Plastics Pact. Each initiative is led by a local organisation and unites governments, businesses, and citizens behind the common vision with a concrete set of ambitious local targets.

european plastics pact

Through our sister company Evertis, our Group 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.

Our group has contributed to the creation of the EPP Roadmap, aligned with existing European initiatives such as the UN Global Partnership on Marine Litter, the Basel Convention, the national Plastics Pacts, the global commitment from Ellen MacArthur foundation and the European Commission’s Circular Plastic Alliance.

Additionally, our group participates in several working groups in order to: 

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COOPERATE across the value chain on a European scale to boost the development of smarter techniques and approaches, and cement an innovative community;

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HARMONIZE guidelines, standards and national supporting frameworks. Countries will take on current legal barriers, creating a level playing field and building scale;

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CONNECT to share their best practices and lessons learned across Europe in meetings, annual progress reports and on the website, in order to accelerate the shift to circularity by default.

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CIRCULAR PLASTICS ALLIANCE

Through our sister company Evertis, our Group 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.

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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: 

LIGHTWEIGHT

Reduce environmental
footprint

SAFE

Food safety requirements
and no BPA’s

HYGIENIC

Health pandemics
such as covid-19

SUPERIOR BARRIER PROPERTIES

Preserve and protect perishable products, helping to reduce food waste

RECYCLABLE AND REUSABLE

Established recycling stream

DURABLE

High impact resistance

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.

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