Renewable materials that can be reused practically indefinitely are crucial to achieving a truly circular economy.


We choose our suppliers all-around, preferring those who are most responsible. Sustainable energy and renewable raw materials are essential


Investing in research to keep up with and anticipate market demands by developing planet-friendly solutions

With the environment and our children’s future at heart, we have always been committed to researching and developing products and solutions oriented towards the circular economy with the aim of reducing waste and becoming increasingly sustainable.

Our R&D department has developed several solutions to meet the main market demands: Monomaterial film and film from pre- and post-consumer recycled raw material.


Uncoupled plastic monomaterial packaging guarantees maximum recyclability and the possibility of producing new quality components. The gateway to the circular economy, zero waste and 100% recyclable.


By-product LDPE granules from certified and qualified suppliers. A cost-saving choice but above all a Green and responsible choice for an environmentally sustainable future.


Vopagreen formulations contain from at least 30% and up 100% PIR (post industrial recycling). Our R&D plans have led to the development of food formulations that fully comply with every aspect of the Circular Economy. The Vopagreen HDPE and LDPE line is produced by monoextrusion or coextrusion, ensuring full traceability of the by-product that generates the film/tube.

Plastic: Myths and Facts

In recent years, media attention around plastic has grown enormously and has often acted as a sounding board for superficial and unscientific information. The demonisation of plastic, as the number one environmental problem, has lead to the spread of many clichés in the public opinion. Let’s examine some of these “beliefs” and try to give a factual answer to the questions they raise.

Why don't supermarkets get rid of all that unnecessary plastic packaging?

Plastic packaging is not only designed to protect food, ensure hygiene, facilitate logistics and display product information, but also and above all to prolong its shelf life. In Italy, food waste is worth €15 billion, almost one point of the GDP, of which €11.8 billion is domestic waste. In countries that use little packaging, half of the food is wasted from production to consumption, with an enormous environmental impact. The FAO estimates that 1.3 billion tonnes of food worth $1 trillion a year is wasted worldwide.

Sources: University of Bologna Food Sciences, FAO

There is a lot of talk about the circular economy, but in the meantime millions of tonnes of plastic are produced and only a fraction of it is recycled. Does plastic play a role in the circular economy?

In Italy, 43% of packaging released for consumption is recycled and our companies are committed to reaching the 100% recycling targets set by the European Union by 2030. Moreover, Italy is at the forefront in the use of recycled plastic, which represents 19% of all plastics used in production, against a European average of 6%.

Sources: Corepla Sustainability Report 2019, Unionplast, IPPR

Are the plastic islands in the oceans that pollute the waters not enough to put the brakes on the production of plastic?

The dumping of waste in the environment is unfortunately a widespread phenomenon in the world, especially in some countries that have great responsibilities in this regard; in fact, 90% of marine waste is transported by 10 large rivers, 8 Asian and 2 African. Although Italy and Europe are marginally responsible for the pollution of the seas, they are not exempt from seeking and finding solutions. Just as citizens are not exempted from behaving in a correct and environmentally friendly manner.

The solution is to act on waste dispersion and certainly not to give up a precious and essential material such as plastic.

Source: Environmental Science & Technology 2017

There is a lot of talk about recycling, but not all plastic is recyclable. Wouldn't it be more honest to admit it?

There is no doubt that recycling is a virtuous process in environmental terms: it saves virgin raw material, reduces CO2 emissions and prevents the accumulation of waste in landfills. In Italy, 43% of packaging released for consumption is recycled and 1,175 million tonnes of recycled plastic are used to produce new items (19% of all plastic used). The plastic supply chain is committed to increasing the share of recycled items, also in order to comply with EU targets of 100% recycling by 2030, following two lines of action:

  • the design of packaging that is 100% recyclable using the mechanical technologies available,
  • the study of new recycling technologies.

Sources: Corepla Sustainability Report 2019, Unionplast, IPPR

The European Union has been asking us to eliminate single-use plastic packaging and replace it with compostable packaging. Why don't we do it?

The European directive on single-use plastics has banned only limited product categories (e.g. disposable plates and cutlery) from June 2021. The same directive, however, fully equates current bioplastics with traditional plastics.

Source: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council, Article 3 Paragraph 5 of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006

Why don’t we replace plastic with bioplastic, which is an environmentally friendly material?

The first obstacle to the replacement of plastics with bioplastics is the worldwide production capacity of bioplastics, which covers less than 1% of plastic requirements.

A second problem is the characteristics that are not always suitable for the required applications. It is also important to point out that the sustainability of a product should be assessed by analysing the environmental impact of the entire life cycle using the LCA method. LCA analyses sometimes give surprising results that disprove the cliché that plastic is the worst of all materials.

Source: European Bioplastics Nova Institute

There are many alternative materials to plastic: glass, aluminium, cardboard... Why don't we stop using plastic since it is so harmful to the environment?

There are no products that do not have an impact on the environment, during the extraction, production, transport and of course the final disposal phase at the end of their life cycle.

When we think about plastic, we focus only on the final phase, that is, when it becomes waste, but it would be essential to analyse its sustainability by evaluating all life phases. One would discover interesting data that would disprove many beliefs. A small example: if we were to move from plastic to cardboard, we would have to have seven times as many lorries as we have now, with a corresponding increase in CO2 emissions into the environment.

Source: British Plastic Federation

Plastic lives hundreds of years, is this not enough to drastically reduce its use?

Plastic is a revolutionary, cheap, versatile and lightweight material that has improved our lives by democratising consumption and replacing huge amounts of natural materials. Could we afford to go back to having very heavy cars that consume large amounts of fuel? Or to buy glasses with frames made from tortoise shells? Or even take home groceries with no packaging, no protection, no hygiene and no durability?

Plastic must be recycled and reused, fuelling a virtuous process that saves natural resources. The industry is working to make all plastic recyclable. Do your part, separate waste.

In schools, plastic water bottles had been replaced by metal ones. Why are we backtracking now?

The National Consumers’ Union (UNC) has called for a ban on the distribution of steel and aluminium water bottles in schools. Massimiliano Dona, UNC president, writes in a press release: “Preserving the planet is sacrosanct, but we cannot make our children pay for it. We all know that if plastic is not recycled properly it can cause enormous damage to the environment, but we still do not know the consequences for our health of the prolonged use of bottles made of materials of dubious origin. It is therefore not with demagogic choices that the planet is saved, but by working to increase recycling, while simultaneously developing legislation on products like water bottles to safeguard public health…”

Will the plastic tax help reduce the consumption of plastic products?

The Italian plastics processing industry, number two in Europe, is engaged in a process of development and reconversion that requires innovation, research and investment.

The plastic tax affects the sector and risks drying up funding sources. Italy is the only country in Europe to have introduced this measure, which, alongside the campaign to demonise plastic, damages the national industry instead of supporting it with investments. Plastic is irreplaceable in many applications and, instead of penalising companies, recycling should be encouraged by upgrading plants and promoting the use of recycled plastic.