The challenge for the coming years is to combine development and environmental sustainability, as set out in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. Technology and research applied to agriculture must be geared towards the development of production techniques that can achieve maximum results with the lowest possible environmental impact. Agriplast has been working on this for some time, investing in research and innovation for products with an ever lower environmental impact. Emanuele Garrasi, CEO of Agriplast (see photo above on the right), explained where his company is headed.
"For several years now, Agriplast has been investing significantly in the renewal of its machinery by purchasing latest-generation, high-performing machinery for 7-layer films. This has led to a reduction in energy consumption in our company and, above all, to the development of innovative plastic films. One of the ways Agriplast has approached offering sustainable solutions to customers is through a line of products with a 25% reduced thickness, yet maintaining the durability and performance characteristics of those with a greater thickness, while reducing both the amount of material going onto the market and costs for the farmer."
"Another direction we took involved thinking about the end of life of our products, by sourcing even more recyclable raw materials to prepare the ground for circular economy projects. The most important milestone in this process was reached this year, when Agriplast was awarded the IPPR's Plastic Second Life certificate. These products, which will soon be available on the market, have a traceable percentage of recycled plastic and we are delighted to be the first company in our sector ready to launch a line of films for use in agriculture bearing this certificate," explained the entrepreneur.
The certification tracks all recycled materials throughout the supply chain, which means that not only the finished product but also the recycled material used to produce it must be PSV certified. It represents an important step towards sustainability and is the result of a long process of research and innovation.