Industry collaboration

For us, sustainability is a joint effort.



RecyClass is a comprehensive cross-industry initiative that works to advance plastic packaging recyclability and to establish a harmonized approach towards recycled content calculation and its traceability in Europe. Activities within RecyClass include the development of Recyclability Evaluation Protocols and scientific testing of innovative materials which serve as the base for the Design for Recycling guidelines and the free online tool. RecyClass offers Recyclability Certifications and Recycled Content Traceability Certification for plastic packaging.


Sustainable Packaging Coalition

The SPC is a membership-based collaborative led by an independent non-profit that believes in the power of industry to make packaging more sustainable. Through strong member support, an informed and science-based approach, supply chain collaborations and continuous outreach, the SPC endeavors to build packaging systems that encourage economic prosperity and a sustainable flow of materials.


As a member of this group featuring like-minded brand owners and manufacturers, UPM Raflatac can work together for a more sustainable world in packaging design. As an example, we are working with SPC and their initiatives including How2Recycle and Designing for Recycled Content. Labels matter and they can have a significant influence on the sustainability of packaging.


Association of Plastic Recyclers

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) is an international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry, membership includes independent recycling companies of all sizes, processing numerous resins, as well as consumer product companies, equipment manufacturers, testing laboratories, organizations, and others committed to the success of plastics recycling. APR works to enhance quality and increase supply through technical resources, testing programs, design solutions, corporate training, regulatory leadership and education programs. UPM Raflatac partners with APR to provide more recyclable solutions.


U.S. Plastics Pact

The U.S. Plastics Pact is an ambitious initiative to unify diverse public-private stakeholders across the plastics value chain to rethink the way we design, use, and reuse plastics, to create a path toward a circular economy for plastic in the United States. It brings together companies, government entities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), researchers, and other stakeholders in a pre-competitive platform for industry-led innovation. The U.S. Plastics Pact will drive collaborative action and deliver a significant system change toward a circular economy for plastic, enabling companies and governments in the U.S. to collectively meet impactful goals by 2025 that they could not otherwise meet on their own.


Petcore Europe

PET is the largest plastic material recycled in Europe. Petcore Europe is the association based in Brussels representing the complete PET value chain in Europe, from PET manufacture to conversion into packaging and recycling, and other related activities. Petcore association is at the forefront of working with all stakeholders to ensure the sustainable growth of PET as a packaging material of choice, and also to further increase post-consumer PET collection and recycling.

UPM Raflatac has many roles in PET value chain – as a material user, supplier and recycler – which makes it important to cooperate with other stakeholders in the value chain and influence to PET collection and recycling.



Enhancing recyclability was a key target when UPM Raflatac, UPM Communication Papers and UPM’s Central European Research Centre joined forces with INGEDE, the International Association of the Deinking Industry. Through this cooperation we developed a new recycling-friendly adhesive which ensures that labels are no longer an issue in the paper recycling stream.