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What is Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Content?

At BlueSky, we offer packaging solutions that are not only efficient but also eco-conscious, and along with the packaging itself we understand the importance of guiding our customers on an important facet of packaging: post-consumer recycled (PCR) content. With the changes that the Plastic Packaging Tax brought, it’s a subject worth exploring.


Breaking Down Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Content

Every time a consumer recycles certain packaging materials, such as PET, aluminium, steel, and it finds its way back as a part of a new product or package, it has undergone a PCR journey. Instead of ending up in a landfill, these materials are recycled, giving them a second (or third, or fourth…) lease of life. In contrast to the by-products of manufacturing, which are termed as post-industrial recycled content, PCR materials come straight from our homes and communities.

Why Should Businesses Prioritise PCR Packaging?

At BlueSky, we recognise the benefits of PCR:

  1. Eco-responsibility: By reusing plastics, we’re combatting the issue of plastic waste. Every tonne of recycled plastic reduces the demand for virgin plastic.
  2. Carbon-conscious: Recycled materials are generally less energy-intensive. This means a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions—a win for the environment and brand image!
  3. Financial Prudence: With the UK government’s Plastic Packaging Tax, companies using packaging with insufficient recycled (under 30%) content could face added costs.
  4. Customer Trust: Today’s consumer is discerning. Brands adopting sustainable practices are not just preferred; they’re revered.

Navigating the Plastic Packaging Tax with BlueSky

As a responsible distributor and supply chain partner:

  1. Sustainable Solutions: BlueSky offers a range of PCR packaging options tailored to suit your brand needs, and we continue to develop our offering.
  2. Vetted Suppliers: Our commitment to sustainability extends to our partners. We ensure our suppliers align with our eco-values, guaranteeing the PCR content you desire.
  3. Transparency is Key: We’ll help you audit and authenticate the recycled content in your packaging.
  4. Customer Engagement Tools: Transitioning to eco-friendly packaging is a story worth telling. We’ll equip you with the information you need to effectively communicate your brand’s sustainability journey to your audience.


In a rapidly evolving marketplace, staying ahead of the curve requires more than just innovation – it requires vision. At BlueSky, we are dedicated to guiding our customers through the shifting landscapes of packaging with solutions that are as environmentally conscious as they are effective.

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BlueSky thinking, ‘Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) PET’

PCR Content in Aluminium Packaging: A Sustainable Choice