Finland-based flexible packaging provider Amerplast, in collaboration with Ekokem, has developed ESSI, a new circular economy-based carrier bag.

Available across K-Group stores in Finland, the newly developed bags were made from post-consumer materials and feature more than 90% recycled materials.

ESSI also offers a lower carbon footprint than traditional carrier bags, including plastic, paper, cotton, biodegradable plastic bags or recycled plastic bags.

The carrier bag can be manufactured with fewer raw materials and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Amerplast CEO Børge Kvamme said: “From the material processed by Ekokem we have developed the circular bag ESSI.

“It is the most environmentally friendly carrier bag alternative for carrying groceries from store to home.

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“Today we have in place the necessary infrastructure for recycling, reuse and manufacture of circular bags. Finnish people can already leave the conventional plastic carrier bags behind them.”

"It is the most environmentally friendly carrier bag alternative for carrying groceries."

Since last year, the company started collecting consumer packaging waste from Finland’s Rinki eco take-back points to develop ESSI.

Separately collected and valuable plastics were then recycled back to the plastic industry as a raw material via Ekokem’s plastic refinery in Riihimäki, Finland.

In addition, Ekokem has processed the separately collected plastics to produce high-quality CIRCO recyclates and recycled plastic products at its Riihimäki refinery.

Amerplast currently operates manufacturing facilities in Finland and Poland, and has sales offices in Sweden and Russia.

Image: Amerplast’s new ESSI bag. Photo: courtesy of Amerplast.