Environment

RESPONSIBLE PACKAGING

ENVIRONMENT

Initial Packaging Solution Limited

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Responsible Packaging
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.
Our Resource Efficient Material (REM) range gives our customers materials which maintain the strength characteristics required but using less polythene. In one year these materials delivered a 100-tonne reduction for one customer alone. Learn More
We have developed multi trip products, allowing products to be re-used, this has brought rewards both environmentally and financially to our customers. Learn More
Plastic packaging plays an important role in protecting goods and once it has been discarded it remains a valuable resource. Learn More
After fulfilling their primary purpose. All our polythene products give additional environmental benefits as they can be recycled into new products or used as an energy source through incineration. Learn More
Reduce
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.
We are fully supportive of any changes in behaviour that produces a net environmental benefit providing these proposed changes have been carefully researched and not part of the sudden and violent public concern over plastic without looking at all the facts.
Re use
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.
Wherever possible we encourage the re-use of polythene bags. As part of our design process we consider the full process cycle of our products and wherever possible and practicable we design products so they can be reused, for example by adding glue lines and tear openings our bags can be used as multi trip products, this has both environmentally and financially benefits to our customers.
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.
Based on the UK’s Environment Agency published “a Life Cycle Assessment of Supermarket Carrier Bags”
Recycle
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
  • Bridges
  • Fences
  • 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.
Facts
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
Acting Responsibly
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.
A popular misconception is that non-biodegrading product is bad for the planet. However plastic bags are produced from a waste product- ethane, which would otherwise be burnt off in the refining of natural gas. Utilising a waste by-product must surely be more environmentally friendly than cutting down trees to create an item with inferior performance.
The increased public awareness, education and enforcement of fines with regards to the worldwide litter problem, may just change peoples perceptions. Numerous life cycle assessments demonstrate that conventional plastic bags are better for the environment than paper bags. Plastic bags create fewer airborne emissions and require less energy to produce.
Who’s Responsible?
Where does the plastic waste that ends up in the ocean come from?