Plastic, the Environment and How Our Products Fit

Why all the fuss?

What’s sterile, strong, and everywhere around us? Plastic

Used in everything from food containers to shoe soles, this popular polymer is everywhere.

However, since the airing of the TV program Blue Planet in early 2018 plastics has gotten a lot of bad press… There has been calls for banning of some plastics products, and to reuse and reduce plastics throughout the UK.

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Breaking it down

Recyclable: A product that can be diverted from the waste stream and that can be collected, processed and returned to use

Degradable: To breakdown to a specific extent within a given time.

Oxo-Biodegradable: Is degradation from oxidative and cell-mediated phenomena, either simultaneously or successively

Bio-Degradable: Capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms into CO2 Methane, Water & organic compounds or Bio Mass

What is a single use plastic?

Single-use plastics, or disposable plastic are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are things like plastic bags, straws, fizzy drinks and water bottles and most food packaging.

The UK Government still hasn’t determined a definition on what a single use plastic is.

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Know your codes

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 Recycling around the world

The FIVE most polluting countries in the world:

  • China
  • Indonesia
  • The Philippines
  • Vietnam
  • Sri Lanka

These countries dump more plastic into the oceans than the rest of the world combined

Which accounts for 60% of the plastic in world seas.

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Currently in the UK each council has their own rules and methods for recycling. Where as in most European countries the regions all work to the same rules and therefore have more control on the separation, segregation and recycling of products.

Benefits of Plastic

However with all its bad press we need to remember that used correctly and responsibly plastic has many benefits

  • Cost effective
  • Strong, durable and lightweight
  • Gives a better shelf appeal
  • Promotes your products
  • Secures your product
  • Seals in the taste
  • Protects against contamination and spoilage
  • Extends your products shelf-life
  • Increases productivity and/or manufacturing
  • Excellent moisture barrier
  • Excellent oxygen barrier

Recyclable, Reusable Bottles

Our pick of sports bottles below are manufactured to be reused.

These products have a large opening to make cleaning easier and enable hygienic refilling. They are moulded to be dishwasher safe and the lids have been designed to prevent any bacteria build-up.

The bottles and lids are made from 100% LDPE. This is a single polymer which is widely recycled in the UK. Many other sports bottles are made from a co-polymer which cannot be recycled. LDPE falls within the 7% of plastics which is recycled throughout the UK. This means when the bottle comes to the end of its life spam you can simply place it in a recycling box.

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Biodegradable

We also offer a biodegradable bottle which has a special additive mixed into the polymer during the manufacturing process. This makes the product hydrophilic which enables microorganisms (found in an active landfi­ll) to break down the plastic. This product should be placed with organic waste not in the recycling.

Bio Sports Bottle

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Sustainability

These products are manufactured using modern, energy-efficient machines. The machines have reduced energy consumption by 30% and also use up to 20% solar power depending on the Great British weather!

Internally, the manufacturers recycle as much scrap plastic as possible, any scrap that becomes waste is granulated and sold. The company who purchase the material turn the waste material into guttering. Even better unless requested, they have stopped placing products in individual plastic bags or shrink wrapping them…which means less waste for you and the environment!

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If you would like any more information on any of these products contact us today or get some more ideas for eco promotions on our product finder.

Thanks to First Editions for the information for this blog