The benefits of plastic are well documented in terms of lightness, strength, durability, formability, and its use in sterile and hygienic environments. Plastic is found in many everyday products and can be reused and recycled almost infinitely. Plastic is very important in enabling the sustainability of many products.
Unfortunately many people and industries do not manage their plastic waste correctly, which has a negative impact on the environment. That is why KAP and Safripol are invested in driving programmes that help eradicate/correct bad behaviours and assist partners in removing plastic waste from the environment.
Working with communities and various organisations, we participate in beach clean-ups and have installed litter booms on some of the major rivers to remove waste from the environment.
Plastic waste has value as much of it can be recycled. Safripol provides funding to various organisations such as PETCO and Polyco to collect waste for recycling and repurposing. Safripol supports various initiatives to recycle waste into alternative products and have funded various small businesses, such as the Bophelo recycling project and the KwaMashu Materials Beneficiation Centre (KMBC), which creates employment, removes waste from the environment and, in the case of the KMBC, converts that waste into products such as pavers, school desks and modified wheels for wheelie bins.
As part of this regenerative journey, Safripol has also invested in R&D to develop products that are more easily recyclable. Together with a major soft drinks company, they developed a returnable PET bottle that can be used multiple times before being recycled either into another bottle, or into an alternative product.
Safripol is leading the war on waste. At their annual sustainability conference they, together with industry, waste associations, recyclers, industry associations, retailers, brand owners and environmentalists, participate to develop sustainable solutions. They are bringing all partners on board to plastic responsibly. #letsplasticreponsibly