We ensure our packaging is fit for purpose and as a responsible producer we are actively involved in the full life-cycle of plastic. We encourage everyone to play their part in reducing plastic packaging waste & litter to protect our environment.
We continue to promote the environmental benefits of responsible packaging. We have developed our REM (Resource Efficient Materials) range using the latest in material technologies to reduce the weight of the product. We also offer degradable and compostable alternative materials where subtitle and fit for purpose. Our manufacturing waste is recycled throughout the process chain.
How many of us have used a lightweight shopping carrier bag as a replacement bin liner, or to protect toiletry bottles in your luggage or as a swim or gym bag, ideal for wet clothes or muddy boots! These simple ideas has saved millions in cost and resources.
To match the smaller carbon footprint of a plastic bag used just once you would need to reuse alternatives this many times!
If a plastic bag is reused, of course, then its carbon footprint per use decreases further and the number of times the alternatives have to be used to match this low footprint is multiplied.
Recycled plastic is widely used in mainstream construction products. It is also used in innovative products where its durability and weight has significant Health & Safety benefits and its low maintenance, vandal resistance and its resistance to rot is an added benefit. Examples include :-
- Roads and walkways
- Signs and street furniture
On recycling both polythene and paper bag types are highly recyclable although paper generates more waste. Plastic bags do not down cycle, meaning plastic bags can produce plastic bags infinitely. On the other hand, paper has a limited recyclable life span. At the end of papers recyclable life it can only be used in fillers and lower grade materials.
When dumped in landfill paper produces methane, polythene does not. Numerous life cycle assessments demonstrate that conventional plastic bags are better for the environment than paper bags:
- On manufacturing
- On reuse
- On solid waste volume and generation
We at Initial will continue to be fully supportive of any changes in behaviour that produces a net environmental benefit. We are committed to helping the general public understand the facts about polythene whilst retaining a sense of perspective in the face of those who see packaging as an easy populist target.
We will continue to actively encourage and facilitate initiatives that reduce unnecessary packaging and promote opportunities for Reduce , re-use and recycle.
Where does the plastic waste that ends up in the ocean come from?