The Plastic Second Life brand


It is an environmental product certification, which makes the materials and products obtained from the enhancement of plastic waste recognizable, and whose terms are recognized by Accredia: this means its labels have all the characteristics of objectivity, accessibility, impartiality and independence and can be expressly requested by the contracting authorities (Article 69 of the Procurement Code, Decree-Law No. 50/2016); for the same reason it is expressly mentioned in the decrees stating the Minimum Environmental Criteria (MEC) for Green Public Procurement as a means of verifying the compliance of the recycled plastic content.

It focuses on the guarantees offered by the UNIPLAST 10667 technical standards and by the inspections made by accredited certification bodies.

It applies the concept of "traceability" of recycled materials and calculates their content according to the provisions of the EN ISO 14021 standard.

It makes recycled plastic goods that are destined for public administrations and/or companies with a majority public capital holding, as well as for mass distribution (large retail chains) and private citizens more visible and more easily identifiable. For this reason, IPPR publishes and constantly updates the Catalogue of materials and products bearing the “,Second Life Plastic” brand.
The activities for obtaining the SLP mark are carried out by the certification bodies partners of IPPR, accredited by Accredia: IIP-Istituto Italiano dei Plastici, Kiwa Cermet Italia SpA and SGS.

Who is it for?

  • For companies, because it allows them to qualify manufactured goods and secondary raw materials.
  • For Public Administrations, because it allows to recognize the artefacts falling within the Green Public Procurement (GPP).
  • For citizens, because it allows them to make eco-compatible choices and implement environmentally virtuous behaviours.
  • For mass distribution, because it allows retailers to actively respond to the increasing demands for eco-sustainable consumption by customers who are sensitive to environmental issues and to anticipate trends in this sense.
  • For anyone who cares about the environment, because it promotes the use of circular materials.



The Second Life Plastic brand at the service of MECs and Green Public Purchases

GPP (Green Public Procurement) is the approach by which Public Administrations integrate environmental criteria in all stages of the goods and services purchasing process, encouraging the diffusion of environmental technologies and the development of valid products from an environmental point of view, through research and the choice of results and solutions that have the lowest possible impact on the environment throughout their entire life cycle.

In order to maximize the spread of GPP, the Ministry of the Environment (now the Ministry of Ecological Transition) has developed a National Action Plan (PAN GPP) which defines the national objectives, deferring to specific decrees the identification of a set of "minimum" environmental criteria (MECs) that must be applied for each of the different types of purchase.

Italy is the first EU country where the application of the GPP is mandatory for 100% calls for tenders for the supply categories for which the MECs are in force (Article 34 of Decree-Law 50/2016 "Procurement Code" ). Many of the products involved are recycled plastic artefacts and packaging.


Plastic Second Life is a means of verifying compliance with MECs whenever it is necessary to test the recycled content of a product.