Afera SUST WG feb 2020Afera has set up a Sustainability Working Group (Sus-WG) under the leadership of Martijn Verhagen, Afera Technical Committee Member and team leader for liquid coated adhesives at Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG. Including several members of the entire adhesive tape value chain, the WG has one purpose in mind: promoting adhesive tapes as sustainable solutions.

Afera’s mission

To facilitate the promotion of adhesive tapes as sustainable solutions, i.e. to raise awareness of tapes improving recyclability, reducing weight, economising in materials use, etc.

The WG guides Afera Members’ understanding of sustainability by providing tools such as framework presentations, standardised life cycle analyses, relevant political and legal information, and support in government and NGO relations.

Afera strives to represent the European adhesive tape industry on sustainability and other environmental, social, regulatory and technical issues, actively approaching adverse policy development with counter-evidence and focused positioning.

In Afera’s mission statement, 4 of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals are recognisable: planet, people, prosperity and partnerships. The Industry is working on sustainable solutions that will improve recyclability of the products into which tapes are incorporated. This is not only good for the planet, but it is what people want because it improves and protects their environment. Prosperity comes out of using an efficient, rational approach to sustainable development, with companies designing better products and forging beneficial partnerships to help themselves, the Industry and society reach our goals.

In addition to hosting Afera’s current digital Annual Conference series centred on sustainability and circularity, the Sus-WG is currently focussed on producing a statement addressing the European Green Deal and standardised calculation methods for Members.

Sustainability initiatives affecting the adhesive tape value chain:

European Green Deal 
Circular Economy Action Plan 
E.U. Plastics Strategy 
Ecodesign 
Sustainable Products Initiative 
Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability 

Related resources:
Current Afera online Annual Conference 2020 focussed on sustainability and circularity
Why sustainability is important to the adhesive tape industry
European tape businesses cue in on sustainability in waste processing infrastructure and ‘enabling’ function of tape technologies