Achieving a Circular Economy: Reuse, Reduce, Renew, Recycle, Redesign with DIC Asia Pacific


In today’s rapidly changing world, finding innovative and sustainable solutions is crucial to address the challenges posed by our current linear economic model. The concept of a circular economy has gained significant momentum, aiming to minimize waste, reduce environmental impact, and maximize resource efficiency. In this blog, we will explore the principles of a circular economy and delve into how our packaging solutions align with these principles, as we take a step towards a more sustainable future. 

What is a Circular Economy? 

A circular economy is an economic system that aims to redefine growth, focusing on eliminating waste and preserving resources. Unlike the traditional linear economy, which follows a “take-make-dispose” model, a circular economy adopts a regenerative approach. It aims to keep materials and products in use for as long as possible through strategies like recycling, reusing, reducing, renewing, and redesigning. 

In order to support this, The United Nations has set forth a series of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since 2015, to be achieved by 2030, addressing pressing global challenges. Several of these goals are directly linked to the principles of a circular economy, such as responsible consumption and production, climate action, and sustainable cities and communities. By embracing packaging solutions aligned with the circular economy, we contribute to these vital global objectives. 

How does DIC APAC play a part? 

To achieve a circular economy, and support the SDG’s, DIC APAC practices the 5R’s together with Sun Chemical. The 5R’s showcase a framework to incorporate sustainability in all our packaging solutions. 



Graphic on the 5R's of Achieving a Circular Economy: Reuse

Reusing packaging materials is essential in reducing waste. According to PR Newswire, 74% of users are more likely to go for refillable packaging. Various companies have already started adapting this solution, where consumers return to retail stores and pay to get their items refilled. 

Here at DIC, we understand that making the switch to sustainable packaging could be difficult, however, will be more beneficial in the long run. Our packaging solutions are designed with durability and reusability in mind. By using high-quality materials and incorporating features like easy-to-clean designs, we enable our customers to extend the lifespan of our packaging, reducing the need for single-use alternatives – thereby contributing to our goals. 


Graphic on the 5R's of Achieving a Circular Economy: Reduce

As the world continues to evolve, it might be more challenging to meet the demands of end consumers – especially with packaging. Implementing packaging designs that focus on reducing material usage can lead to cost savings, optimize storage and transportation efficiency, and reduce the overall environmental impact of operations. 

We prioritize lightweight and minimalist designs without compromising functionality or protection. By employing innovative techniques like right-sizing packaging and utilizing eco-friendly materials, we minimize resource consumption while ensuring safe and efficient product delivery. 

Fact File: Color management tools, including ECG printing, play a crucial role in waste reduction and minimizing press downtime. Using ECG printing together with SunColorBox help companies achieve more accurate color matches and reproduce a wider range of hues. By enabling seamless digital color management throughout the design and printing process, these tools enhance productivity at every stage. Therefore, it is vital for converters to select suppliers that prioritize waste reduction and landfill diversion whilst meeting customer quality standards. 


Graphic on the 5R's of Achieving a Circular Economy: Renew

Embracing renewable materials is pivotal for a sustainable future. We actively seek out bio-based, compostable, and recyclable materials for our packaging solutions. By transitioning to renewable resources, we reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, lower carbon emissions, and support the development of a more sustainable materials industry. 

Fact File: Recent technological advancements have significantly expanded the availability of bio-renewable inks and coatings. Increasing the use of these resources, allow for significant reductions in CO2 emissions by upwards of 1kg per for every kilogram of ink used.  


Graphic on the 5R's of Achieving a Circular Economy: Recycle

In order to optimize resources, considering the entire lifecycle of a product is important to minimize waste generation. With this approach, biological nutrients can be safely returned to the environment (due to bio-degradable products), and technical parts can be reused and recycled without loss of quality and value. 

Our packaging solutions are designed to be easily recyclable, like Paslim, ensuring that the materials can be transformed into new products. We collaborate with recycling partners, provide clear recycling instructions, and educate consumers on the importance of proper recycling practices to maximize the recovery of valuable resources. 


Graphic on the 5R's of Achieving a Circular Economy: Redesign

According to a global survey by Accenture, besides price and quality, 83% believe that it is crucial for companies to design products that are meant to be reused or recycled, and 72% also would choose to buy more environmentally-friendly products. It is no question that consumers are willing to buy sustainable options, but are companies currently adopting this? 

To truly embrace a circular economy, we must rethink and redesign our packaging solutions. We constantly explore innovative design approaches, seeking to optimize material usage, minimize waste, and improve end-of-life outcomes. By employing concepts like modular packaging, easy disassembly, and compatibility with existing recycling infrastructure, we aim to create packaging that is both functional and sustainable. 

At DIC APAC, we are committed to driving positive change by offering packaging solutions that align with the principles of a circular economy. Today, many of our products are created with materials that are recyclable, naturally derived, and bio-renewable. 

Through the application of the 5R’s and working hand-in-hand with our partners, customers, and stakeholders, we pledge to continuously innovate and improve our practices, minimizing our environmental impact and promoting the transition towards a circular economy. 

Join us on this journey towards a sustainable tomorrow, where packaging solutions play a vital role in preserving our planet’s resources and creating a better world for future generations. Together, as #OneDIC and #OneCompany we can make a difference. 

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