Whilst our plastic products are oil based they require less energy in their production process than cardbard or pulp alternatives. This on its own reduces greenhouse gas immisions in the manufacturing process. The other less obvious benefit is in the lighter weight of our expanded foam products. For example, our polystyrene is up to 98% air, meaning less material is used in production.
The BBC environmental programme "Costing the Earth" gave a whole episode to the benefits of plastics as compared to the laternatives. If you have the time, give it a listen, it's very interesting.
Reduce, Re-use, Recover, Recycle
We believe that the Reduce, Re-use, Recover, Recycle moto best sums up our attitude to our product's effects on the environment
By reducing or eliminating damaged goods from the production cycle we know that we can have a positive effect on the environmental impact of manufactured goods. We look at packaging design with this in mind and consider the trade off between damaged goods and the packaging needed to protect them from transit damage.
A little recorgnised benefit of our lightweight packaging is in that description - it's lightweight. In general the lighter the weight of your packaged product, the lower will be the environemntal impact of getting your product to your customer. This also has cost benefit, particularly when using carriers who's tariff are weight based.
As far as our own production is concerned all manufacturing waste is recovered and either recycled or reused. As waste processing becomes more sophisticated it becomes possible to recover the energy used in the production of our materials. Our polystyrene and polyurethane foams can be used in waste heat plants and cartonboard can be recycled almost indefinitely.
What happens to our products when your customer has unpacked? Cartons can often be recyed locally but our foams/polystyrene seem to be a problem. However, when sent to a local authority or commercial 'Energy from Waste' scheme most of the energy involved in its manuacture can be reclaimed.
For example, expanded polystyrene has a high calorific value - 46,000 kj/kg, similair to natural gas - 48,000 kj/kg. The British Plastics federation have an extensive article on the environmantal impact of EPS (Expaded Polystyrene)
Whilst our normal range of fitments are not degradable we can supply degradable and biodegradable polythene films and bubble products. We also supply various loose fill packaging which is either waste based or alternatively a starch based product.