Ecoplasteam was born with the idea to find a solution to the problem of recycling polylaminates. Thus, the company’s identity is the same as its operating task, that is trying to recycle these materials to create a new product, using traditional technologies of transformation.
The idea comes from the intuition of Roberto Lecce, an entrepreneur who some years ago turned to researching a new plastic material that was cheap, yet at the same time environmentally friendly. He found in polylaminates, which are used in drinks containers, a material which was suitable for his needs. Merging and “mixing” the aluminium and the polyethylene that they are made up of, instead of separating them, produces a new material which is completely ecological and is in turn recyclable: EcoAllene®.
Thanks to the company Amut S.p.A., an international leader in the field of plastic extrusion and in the construction of innovative engineering concepts, the first pilot plant was set up, with an annual production of around 6000 tons of EcoAllene®.
A group of Turin entrepreneurs believed in the project and invested capital. Together with Swiss Merchant Corporation SA, a Swiss company, they laid the groundwork to build a legal and financial structure for operations which convinced the Banca Popolare di Milano bank to finance the project.
This led to the innovative start-up Ecoplasteam S.p.A., which today has a production plant in Alessandria and is planning to build another five plants around Europe, in order to meet the demand of recycling over 300,000 tons of polylaminates.
The first plant is located in a building which features a series of wall paintings by the world-renowned painter Ernesto Morales, entitled Cosmogony, which represents an oniric interpretation of the circular economy. The plant is situated on 10,000 square metres of land, with a green area featuring fruit trees and a small artificial lake where farm animals are kept, in order to keep in mind that art, nature and industry must always go hand in hand.
The end product of the plant, EcoAllene®, has already attracted the interest of dozens of Italian companies for the production of various types of plastic objects, as it is a material which is technically as good as virgin plastic, but cheaper and above all recyclable.
Ecoplasteam is therefore a company capable of creating and putting on the market a new material derived from waste* made up of two elements, not separating them but creating a third material with proprieties similar to the family of thermoplastics (e.g. polyethylene), ecologically sustainable and in line with European norms concerning the use of recycled plastic, making it a part of the circular economy.