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Metal packaging in a true circular economy

Some things are forever... It is estimated that 80% of all metals ever produced, is still around today. That is because metals can be recycled over and over again without loss of their properties. They are permanent materials.

In order to move towards a true resource efficient recycling society, it is key that we make a clear distinction between recycling which leads to inevitable degradation of the material and recycling which keeps the material in the loop without losing its intrinsic characteristics.

When a metal product reaches the end of its useful life, the material is never lost. Through multiple recycling, its value is retained forever, making it available today and for future generations. This makes metal packaging a perfect example of the circular economy at work.

To find out more about how metal recycles forever, have a look at our new animation below. 

To learn more about the Concept of Permanent Materials, see the Carbotech study on our website. A summary and presentation are also available for download.

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