ENVIRONMENT

RESPONSIBLE PACKAGING

ENVIRONMENT

Initial Packaging Solutions Limited

Responsible Packaging
“We are committed to helping people understand the facts about polythene as part of its full life cycle not just its end of life disposal”
Ultimately, it is people that affect the impact of packaging on the environment ‘plastic free’ does not necessarily mean ‘better for the environment’. Research has proved switching to alternative materials could quadruple ‘the environmental cost.’
Options
Making decisions about what packaging is best for the environment involves considering factors such as its weight, bulk, water and energy use, emissions, resource efficiency and recyclability of the packaging. Switching to bulkier, heavier packaging materials could easily result in greenhouse gas emissions increasing.
So what are the options?
Paper
It takes more than four times as much energy to manufacture a paper bag as it does to manufacture a plastic bag. The majority of paper bags are made by heating wood chips under pressure at high temperatures in a chemical solution. The use of these toxic chemicals contributes to both air pollution. These chemicals can pollute waterways; the toxicity of the chemicals is long-term and settles into the sediments, working its way through the food chain. Paper bags generate 70% more air and 50 times more water pollutants than plastic bags. It would take approximately seven lorries to transport the same number of paper bags as can be transported by a single lorry full of plastic bags.
Green PE
Is a bio-based renewable product made from sugar cane resin which is CO 2 negative at source. Grown sustainably in a socially responsible way this material is also 100% recyclable. Made from a renewable resource with the same characteristics as standard polythene. Green PE makes a significant contribution to reducing the level of greenhouse gas emissions throughout the manufacturing chain.
Your product can carry the “I’m Green” seal to promote your informed choice of material if it contains at least 35% of Green PE. Wondering how all this is possible? Watch this short video to explain the ‘science bit’.
Compostable
Our compostable films are manufactured using polymers derived from plant based sources with similar strength and properties to standard plastics. These materials have been certified by OK Compost according to EN13432, which requires more than 90% of the material to convert into biomass, CO2 and water, with no harmful residues remaining
Degradable
Made from LDPE with the inclusion of a degradable additive the material breaks down in a defined period of time. It has similar strength and elasticity properties as non-biodegradable plastics, and uses the same technologies. Considered a bio-plastic disposal should not be through existing recycling routes.
Initial can produce bags containing both Post Consumer Waste (PCW) and Post Industrial Waste (PIW) Post Consumer Waste (PCW) refers to another life product, which is then recovered and re-granulated.
Recycled Content
Our products are available with recycled content. The current WRAP guidelines (in co-operation with the government) is for any single use plastic item to include 30% recycled content by 2025.
We have already achieved and surpassed this target. All our polythene bags are fully recyclable and can be produced in several material options.
Responsible Packaging
Reduce
Re-use
Recycle
Innovation
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 and litter to protect our environment.
Reduce
Our REM (Resource Efficient Materials) avail of the latest in film technologies, REM material ensures that your packaging products are the most lightweight and durable available today. So by utilizing an REM material will deliver savings both commercially and but more importantly, environmentally.

EfW

Polythene waste is a valuable source of local energy through Energy from Waste (EfW). Due to the high calorific value of polythene it is ideal for this purpose, EfW is in use throughout Europe.

Re-design

Wherever possible we encourage the re-use of our polythene bags. We have successfully re-designed several products from single trip use into a two trip or multi- trip product.

Facts

All our polythene bags are fully recyclable and can be produced in degradable material options. Plastic bags are produced from a waste product -ethane, which would otherwise be burnt off in the refining of natural gas.

Re-use
Our multi trip products have brought rewards both environmentally and financially to our customers
Many of us have used a lightweight shopping carrier bag as a replacement bin liner, or to protect toiletry bottles in luggage or as a swim or gym bag, ideal for wet clothes or muddy boots! These simple ideas have saved millions in cost and resources.
Innovation
Recycle plastic is being widely used in construction
Where its durability and weight has significant Health & Safety benefits. Its low maintenance, vandal and rot resistance and has real advantages against conventional materials. Examples include, roads, walkways, bridges, fences, signs and street furniture.
Contact us
+44 (0) 151 420 4333
sales@initialpackaging.co.uk
Please get in touch we’d love to talk to you about your packaging needs.
Initial Packaging Solutions Ltd, Unit 16 Everite Road Industrial Estate, Westgate, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 8RA