The tube is an ecological form of packaging and tube manufacturers are dedicated to developing more and more sustainable options for tubes and tube components
Tubes, all types, have been proven to be recyclable in different waste streams although collection of tubes is not widely recognized in North America. Aluminum tubes, when recycled in an aluminum waste stream can be infinitely recycled without any loss in quality and 95 per cent of the energy stored in the metal is retained. Plastic , Injection Molded and laminate tubes can also be recycled, either for use in other plastic products or incinerated with recovery of the energy. These tubes are typically made up of different low or high density polyethylene or polypropylene resins and, in the case of laminate tubes, an aluminum foil layer.
New developments in incorporating Post Consumer Recycled material and Green, bio-based polyethylene in tubes contribute to the improvements in sustainability of tubes. Tube Manufacturers and the supporting industries are working diligently to make improvements and offer more sustainable packages.
Additionally, the Tube Council (NA) is committed as an industry association to support sustainable developments and to work together with recycling associations to have tubes accepted in municipal waste pick-up programs