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Validate Recycled Content in Plastics Packaging

Validate recycled content in plastics packaging with UL 2809 Environmental Claim Validation Procedure and EN 15343 standard.

Plastic bottles in boxes.

The popularity of green product marketing has caused a rise in the use of eco-labels and unsupported claims, making it difficult to differentiate between products with validated environmental claims and those without. At the same time regulations are becoming more stringent and require substantiation1, as seen in the Plastic Tax in Spain2.

The tax on non-reusable plastic packaging that came into effect on Jan. 1, 2023, regulated by Law 7/2022, from Jan. 1, 2024, requires that an accredited entity must issue a certificate stating the proportion of recycled plastic contained in the products.

How to demonstrate recycled content in plastic packaging?

Through methodical analysis and review following UL 2809-2, Environmental Claim Validation Procedure (ECVP) for Recycled Content, and EN 15343, Plastics Recycling Traceability, UL Solutions can help customers demonstrate to the marketplace that the packaging of their products does, in fact, live up to their environmental claims and does not perpetuate greenwashing. This enhances credibility, offers a clear advantage in a competitive marketplace, and meets mandatory and stringent laws where applicable2.

UL 2809-2, Environmental Claim Validation Procedure (ECVP) for Recycled Content, and EN 15343, Plastics Recycling Traceability

UL 2809-2, Environmental Claim Validation Procedure (ECVP) for Recycled Content EN 15343: Plastics Recycling Traceability
Globally recognized: UL Solutions’ reputation for product safety extends to environmental claims. UL 2809 validates the amount of pre-consumer or post-consumer recycled content in your packaging. European focus: EN 15343 Plastics Recycling Traceability standard is specifically designed for the European market, demonstrating compliance with regional regulations for recycled plastic content for packaging.
Trusted science: Backed by independent review and analysis, UL 2809 demonstrates your claims are accurate and verifiable. Traceability throughout the chain: This standard tracks recycled content from source to finished product, demonstrating the authenticity of your claims.
Combating greenwashing: Environmental Claim Validation for recycled content in plastics builds trust and credibility that is supported by over 130 years of science. Building confidence: Certification to EN 15343 standard demonstrates commitment to responsible sourcing and sustainable practices in the European market.

Environmental Claim Validation to UL 2809, combined with evaluation to EN 15343 standard, provides a comprehensive method for validating recycled content in packaging. This empowers you to:

  • Make proven sustainability claims
  • Ease global market acceptance
  • Attract environmentally conscious customers
  • Gain a competitive edge in the marketplace
  • Meet mandatory requirements

Why work with UL Solutions to comply with recycled plastics requirements for packaging?

UL Solutions helps companies demonstrate safety and sustainability in their product lines, facilities, and supply chains to comply with regulations, empower transparency, increase environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure. We do this by applying science-based sustainability standards, strong regulatory knowledge, responsible sourcing expertise and software tools.


  1. Articles 4 and 5 of the EU Single-Use Plastics Directive on July 3, 2022



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