A Closed Loop Vision

At Placon, our vision is to produce consumer packaging that is used for its intended purpose, then collected, recycled and reused for the same purpose, truly closing the loop. Read about our process here or watch the video on how we fulfill our closed loop vision.

  1. Used plastic soda and water bottles as well as thermoform containers carrying the #1 symbol are recycled by consumers and collected by municipal curbside programs and deposit centers, diverting them from landfills.
  2. A  Materials Recovery Facility or MRF, a plant that recovers and sorts recycled materials, delivers mixed bales of bottles and containers to our recycling facility.
  3.  Bottles and thermoforms are cleansed and ground into flake for extrusion. Some of the flake will go through an extended process to become EcoStar FDA LNO food-grade safe flake for direct food contact.
  4. PET flakes are then extruded into rolls of recycled non-food and food-grade post-consumer PET sheet for thermoforming applications.
  5. Placon utilizes our Ecostar® roll stock material for thermoforming our custom and 100% recyclable stock retail clamshell and food containers.

Committed to conserving resources

Over 1 billion discarded consumer PET soda bottles, water bottles and thermoformed containers carrying the #1 symbol go through our recycling facility each year. These containers are ground, washed, then extruded into our EcoStar brand of PET sheet which is thermoformed back into consumer packaging, helping conserve valuable natural resources.

Making a difference

Have you seen the EcoStar logo on the bottom of your PET food and retail containers? Thanks for supporting brands using high levels of post-consumer recycled PET, a 100% recyclable material, in their product packaging! By purchasing and then recycling PET thermoforms and bottles that have reached end of life, you are doing your part to support their reuse, diverting them being landfilled or incinerated.