Packaging films and the environment
13th February 2018
As a manufacturer of packaging films, we think it's important to explain what we are doing to improve efficiencies and reduce the environmental impact across our product range.
Our films are 100% recyclable
All the embossed polythene films, technical films and packaging films that we produce are 100% recyclable. We work with material suppliers to review the different types of polymers available, to ensure they are sustainable, recyclable and are still great performers for our customers.
We are ISO 14001 Environmentally Accredited
The achievement of the ISO 14001 accreditation shows our commitment to continually monitoring our performance in relation to the ever-changing environmental regulations surrounding plastics. This shows our customers that we care about the impact our products may have on the environment, and proves our dedication to being environmentally friendly.
Proud members of the BPF Plastics & Flexible Packaging Group
To maintain our commitment to reducing the impact of plastics on the environment, we are members of the BPF Plastics & Flexible Packaging Group. The aim of this group is to sustain a track record of reliable services and to meet the highest possible standards in plastics manufacturing. Examples of initiatives undertaken by the group include surveys relating to consumer attitudes towards plastics packaging and outreach with local authorities to appraise them of the positive environmental impact plastics can have.
Sustainability within the plastics packaging industry
Aintree Plastics continually strive to identify opportunities to improve our own manufacturing efficiencies. We work with our raw material suppliers to continually evaluate new polymers that lead to higher yielding films, but without affecting their functionality or performance. During our manufacturing process, we are constantly evaluating our workflow to look to improve efficiencies, to further eliminate waste, and improve sustainability.
As an extruder and manufacturer, we recognise the impact that the products and manufacturing process can have on the environment and the subsequent responsibilities we have to our employees, our customers, and the community to recycle and reduce waste levels.
Plastics are essential for commercial and industrial packaging
Plastics are a necessity, and a crucial part of the commercial and industrial packaging processes. Without them, produce and materials would be cumbersome and likely to break. It’s an essential part of the industry, and if you think about the number of products, including bottles, etc, that are imported and exported around the world, without plastic packaging being available, the overall consumption of packing mass and emissions would increase. The use of plastics also has many other advantages relating to transport and waste. The British Plastics Federation website has some interesting facts and figures to support this.
- All of our films are 100% recyclable.
- We are constantly working with key raw material suppliers to use the latest high performance polymers to help reduce film thickness, but without affecting its functionality or performance.
- We are very proactive in helping customers to reduce their packaging usage through value engineering, helping them to meet their goals and objectives within their own environmental policy.
- Our in-house trim waste is fully recycled within our manufacturing process, reducing waste and having a positive impact on the environment.
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