What is PCR Plastic?

What is PCR

PCR, or Post-Consumer Recycled plastic, is revolutionizing the packaging industry. This guide explores what PCR plastics are, their environmental benefits, and their growing importance in sustainable packaging solutions.

What is PCR Plastic?

PCR stands for Post-Consumer Recycled. It refers to plastics that have been:

  1. Used by consumers
  2. Collected through recycling programs
  3. Cleaned and processed into new plastic granules

These granules maintain the same structure as virgin plastic but offer significant environmental advantages:

  • Reduced carbon dioxide emissions
  • Lower energy consumption
  • Decreased reliance on virgin materials

Global Initiatives Driving PCR Adoption


  • Goal: 70% of packaging products must be reusable, recyclable, or degradable by 2025

European Union:

  • Implementing stringent recycling targets and single-use plastic bans

United States:

Types of PCR Plastics
Common PCR materials include:

  • PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)
  • PP (Polypropylene)
  • HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene)
  • LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene)
  • PS (Polystyrene)
  • ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)

Recyclability of PCR Plastics

PCR plastics can be recycled multiple times, typically 7-9 cycles, making them an excellent choice for circular economy initiatives.

Market Outlook for PCR Plastics


The demand for PCR plastics is expected to grow significantly due to:

  • Increasing environmental awareness
  • Stringent regulations on single-use plastics
  • Corporate sustainability commitments

However, current supply struggles to meet demand, creating opportunities for innovation and growth in the recycling industry.

Gidea PAC: Leading the Way in PCR Plastic Solutions

At Gidea PAC, we offer a wide range of skincare and cosmetic packaging made from PCR plastics. Our commitment to sustainability includes:

  • Providing PCR material certifications
  • Continuously expanding our refillable product lines
  • Exploring innovative ways to reduce environmental impact

Learn more about our sustainable packaging solutions at Gidea PAC


PCR plastics represent a crucial step towards more sustainable packaging. As regulations tighten and consumer awareness grows, businesses that embrace PCR solutions will be well-positioned for the future of eco-friendly packaging.


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