Recycling, Resource, Environmental policy

Barbier Group is involved in the environment and preservation of our environment. It’s a strategic pillar at the heart of Barbier Group’s development with the eco-design, biomaterials, the collection flow of post-consumer films and the recycling of agricultural and household films and the use of multi-layer films.

A clean industry!

Despite common feelings, the plastic extrusion industry is a clean industry. Polyethylene, which is the raw material used to produce plastic films, is composed of carbon and hydrogen. Chemically inert, completely safe, it emits no substance harmful to the environment.

Barbier Group provides access in full transparency to its carbon footprint which amounts to 65,000 t CO2/year for the manufacturing and transportation of its products.

Due to Barbier’s commitments ​​and actions implemented, the carbon footprint is decreasing, which shows results are being achieved.

 

Raw material recycling

20 000 tons of plastic products are directly recycled by Barbier Group for its own production. The recycling and the use of recycled raw material in the manufacture of  products is a part of the recognized and well established expertise of Barbier Group and testifies its involvement in the objective of reducing carbon footprint.

The recycling policy established by Barbier Group is based on three main action points:

1-  MEASURES WITHIN BARBIER GROUP:

Since 35 years, it has been recycling internal waste and has signed up to a charter for a rigorous management and cleaning of production facilities to prevent loss of raw material.
The creation of a plant for the recycling of solvents used for printing
The automatic sorting of all production wastes (metals, wood…) in special bins to avoid any dispersion.
The creation of “e DEA” software to analyze the life cycle of extruded plastic product and their environmental impact. In partnership with the Elipso trade association.

2- MEASURES PROPOSED TO ITS CUSTOMERS:

Barbier Group offers its customers a supplementary service for collection and enhancement of used films.

APEBarbier Group offers its customers a supplementary service for collection and enhancement of used films.

BEING THE PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF AGRICULTURE, PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT, BARBIER GROUP HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE CREATION OF A SYSTEM FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF END OF LIFE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS IN FRANCE. SINCE 1992,  ADIVALOR COLLECTS USED AGRICULTURAL FILM FOR RECYCLING IN FRANCE. PROVEN AS AN EXAMPLE, THIS APPROACH WILL NOW BE ADOPTED IN GERMANY AND COULD BE GENERALIZED IN THE EUROPEAN UNION.

 

3- MEASURES FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Barbier Group is deeply involved into the collection and recycling of household packaging. For this purpose, it is building a new recycling plant, which will be operational in the first quarter of 2015.

 

A new recycling plant

The new Chavanon V plant has been in operation since mid-June 2015. This plant was designed to recycle agricultural films as well as household plastic films. The collection rate of post-consumer waste is growing each year. This includes all plastic films used for packing together food products and beverage packs that French consumers sort gradually.

Concretely, through the extension of sorting instructions managed by Eco-Emballages, plastic films are sorted by French people, collected then transported to the communities sorting centers; finally, some of these plastic films are directed towards Barbier Group recycling plant. Since 2012, 3.5 millions of French people already sort their packaging films; to the end of 2016, 16 millions of French people are concerned. By 2022, the entire country should be covered …

Importance is twofold:

  • fossil resources are saved; a second life is given to the material
  • Barbier’s diversification of supplies is strengthened

The Eco-design approach

Any new product created by Barbier Group usually results from an eco-design approach based on:

  • the optimization of raw material used, especially by decreasing the thicknesses
  • the integration of processes and flows of its customers
  • taking into consideration the end-of-life cycle of a product

Thanks to its Eco design approach, Barbier Group offers the appropriate product: this is the one which best meets the needs and requirements of its customers bearing in mind the preservation of our most important common asset, the environment.

 

Use of bio sourced and bio based raw materials

Films de paillage biolice maïs

 

BIODEGRADABLE RAW MATERIALS

By 2015, 5 % to 10 % of raw materials used by Barbier Group will be of plant origin and bio sourced, rather than of fossil origin (oil). For several years, Barbier Group has been offering especially perishable films for mulching, biodegradable cement bags as well as garbage bags and fruit & vegetables bags made from renewable raw materials.

Barbier Group also invests in research projects on these raw materials.

BIO BASED RAW MATERIALS

Barbier Group promotes the implementation of the new raw materials based on ethylene of plant origin rather than of fossil origin (oil).

These products are part of a new range of agricultural and industrial films: the ReSource range.

 

The Clean Sweep Operation: Barbier Group commits itself


The planet faces a new challenge: waste, and especially plastic waste, thrown away by Humans in the oceans. We are talking not only about household waste but also plastic granules, directly from industry. A deadly threat for the marine ecosystem, which has increased so much that we now speak about a sixth continent.

The global plastic industries associations of the world have decided to react. In March 2011 they signed the Hawaii Declaration to fight against marine litter.

In France, Elipso, Plastic Europe and the Plastic Federation, all signed up to of this Declaration, to implement and launch the “Clean Sweep Operation”. Barbier Group decided to actively participate to this initiative which aims to achieve the goal “Zero plastic granule waste” in its production.

All of our companies’ employees are receiving appropriate training on handling plastic pellets with the goal of zero losses. We specifically want to raise awareness, train and involve our personnel and suppliers in our environmental process. With the “zero pellet loss” target, Barbier Group is working for a more sustainable value chain.

More information on www.opcleansweep.eu.