At Aptar, it’s not just about making a better dispensing or drug delivery system, it’s about making a difference. As a recognized leader in our field, we take our place of influence seriously. We give back to the communities where our people live and work. We want to be part of the solution for a more sustainable world. That’s why we are advocating for a circular economy where recycling improves and use of recycled materials becomes the norm in our industry. We want to deliver solutions and shape the future.

Circular Economy

We believe that the packaging industry must move beyond the make/use/dispose behaviors of the past and actively work toward, and advocate for, a circular economy. By circulating used plastic and packaging, we keep it in the economy and out of the environment.

Collaboration is essential to achieving a more circular economy, so we work with partners, suppliers and customers who share our vision for a more circular economy.

Aptar has joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 (CE100) Network. Through the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, we’ve signed the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to address plastic waste and pollution at its source.




Today, we offer a range of products made from post-consumer resin (PCR). Our Product Sustainability Strategy is aligned to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and we are committed to seeking additional opportunities for more sustainable resins and recyclability of our products. Our Product Sustainability Team is addressing customer, consumer and regulatory expectations for sustainable product offerings while focusing on being an active and public advocate for the industry transformation and the policy interventions needed to deliver our vision–that all packaging is collected and then recycled.

We are also communicating our targets. We commit that a minimum of 10% of our dispensing solutions’ contents will come from recycled materials by 2025 for products sold to the beauty, personal care, home care, food and beverage markets. This target is dependent upon adequate availability of material suitable for our markets, including those requiring regulatory approvals, and customer policies.

We are actively working to identify and qualify new materials, such as PCRs that can be approved for food contact. That is why we have partnered with PureCycle Technologies, a leading innovator in the field of Ultra-Pure Recycled Polypropylene (UPRP). We continue to explore opportunities to source other sustainable resins and we are actively collaborating with our customers on refillable products by supporting our customers’ participation in the circular e-commerce platforms such as TerraCycle’s refillable initiative called “Loop.”


We continue to take steps to make our operations more energy efficient and reduce our impact on the environment. We are proud of our grass-roots initiative to make our operating sites “landfill free” (LFF). Our internal LFF Program was one of our first established operational sustainability programs and was developed based on the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZIWA) protocol. This program recognizes sites that reuse or recycle over 90% of their operational waste. We use an independent third-party to audit each location and to verify the certification. At year-end 2020, 53% of our Aptar facilities had achieved LFF certification and all Aptar sites achieved 77% disposal avoidance. By yearend 2021, more than 60% of Aptar manufacturing locations will be Landfill Free certified.

Aptar has established science-based targets and is currently one of the many companies taking science-based climate action to keep global temperature increase to well-below 2° Celsius compared to pre-industrial temperatures by year 2030. We believe that 100 percent of Aptar locations should be powered by renewable electricity sources. As aligned with our science-based target, Aptar commits reducing absolute greenhouse gas emissions and to increase annual sourcing of renewable electricity from 57% of total consumption in 2019 to 100% by 2030.

We annually report our emissions via the CDP global platform, formerly called the Climate Disclosure Project. We currently respond to the climate change; supply chain and water questionnaires and our submissions are publicly available on the CDP website. Aptar is recognized on the 2020 CDP Climate A List for our actions to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and further the low-carbon economy and as a Supplier Engagement leader for our initiatives in reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change across our supply chain.