Plastic – Facts and benefits


Valpre Still water bottles are made from up to 30% plant material and are 100% recyclable

Interesting products made from recycled plastic: irrigation pipes, stationery, roof tiles, clothing, carpets, garden furniture


Recycling one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60 W light bulb for six hours

Plant Bottle packaging has a higher footprint on the environment due to its reduced dependence on non-renewable such as petroleum

450 years

Plastic takes 100 to 450 years to break down

6 000 l

Recycling 1 ton of plastic saves an average of 6 000 litres of petroleum


88% energy is saved when plastic is manufactured from recycled plastic rather than raw material


Pick ‘n Pay’s (PnP) refuse bags, bin liners and garden refuse bags are made from 100% recycled material


Due to plastic pollution, 1.5 million marine animals die every year

Plastic is made from a mixture of oil and natural gas. In SA, the gas is extracted from burning coal

Plastic Recycling Process

A waste sorting facility collects and sorts plastics according to different resin codes and colours

Sorted plastics are sold to a plastic recycling plant and grinded into small pieces or flakes

The flakes are cleaned to remove contaminants, e.g. paper labels and dirt

Plastic pieces are melted down and compressed into tiny pellets

Pellets are bagged and sold to a converter that produces new plastic products from the pellets