Innovating new ways to treat waste
Reusing and recycling PET waste in Romania

When you shop at Productpine, you can consider yourself an impact shopper. By ordering your home favorites from Productpine from now on, you directly contribute to certified climate projects worldwide. We are very happy to tell you more about this, so that you can continue to make the better choice in the future. We know: shopping is not the most sustainable activity there is. But by choosing the new way of shopping, we are getting closer to a healthier e-commerce together.

While ordering from Productpine, you can choose a climate project you want to support at checkout. Roughly speaking, you choose from 3 themes: wood, waste processing and biocoal. As there are quite a few nuances in these, we will explain which projects belong to each theme for us now.

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Here we spotlight the project operating from Romania.

PET recycling in Romania

You may know the abbreviation 'PET' from the PET bottle - or the soft drink bottle. It is the easy abbreviation for the plastic 'polyethylene terephthalate', which is mainly used for water and soft drink bottles. And it is used quite a bit worldwide. But recycling the PET is less obvious than you might think. In fact, most factories do not use recycled plastic, just like at most factories in Romania.

This project, which we support from Productpine in collaboration with climate consultant South Pole, works from 2 factories in Romania. One in Buzău itself, a town in southeastern Romania, and the other 3 km away in the Frasinu Industrial Park - an industrial area. Romania currently produces most of its plastic from non-recyclable sources. This project is taking the first steps to reverse this trend.

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Here, the main activity is to recover and recycle materials from everyday waste using new PET recycling technology. Usable materials from the waste are separated and then recycled into semi-finished products and into complete end products such as R-PET (short for recycled polyethylene terephthalate), PET tape (used to strap large goods on pallets, for example) and PET fibre (used to make clothes, among other things: the recognisable polyester fabric).

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Handy, because by recycling and reusing these commonly used materials, the need to produce new material is no longer necessary. New plastic requires huge amounts of fossil fuels and energy. Not so sustainable.

Recycling the PET waste - meaning those bottles in your deposit box - reduces the production of new plastic products and lowers energy consumption. With the positive result of reducing greenhouse gases and also reducing plastic pollution. But also at the local level, this project in Buzău improves living conditions for the people living there, by creating jobs in a developing sector with future prospects.

Extra info at a glance

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • 4 > Training and education
  • 5 > Gender equality
  • 7 > Energy savings
  • 8 > Decent work and economic growth
  • 11 > Sustainable cities and communities
  • 13 > Climate action

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Registry link

Gold Standard

Type project

Reusing and recycling PET waste

Time period of support

April 2023 until December 2023

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