Environmental

Recycling

Recycling is a must practice moving forward into the future. Our goal is to help you easily recycle your products.

Plastic Air Cushions, LDPE 4

Many of our air cushion products, can be recycled curbside in a limited but growing number of communities. Now many of your local, environmentally friendly grocery stores are also accepting our deflated air cushions along with their recycled grocery bags.

You can find out where to recycle plastic bags in your area by visiting PlasticBagRecycling.org.

What is EN 13427?

EN 13427 is the standard of the European Packaging Directive, for sustainable products under the European Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and the Essential Requirements Regulation. This directive for sustainable products includes how products will be used after they have fulfilled their primary purpose. A sustainable product compliant with EN 13427 standards must be either recyclable, reusable, incinerated with a low calorific output, does not give off any heavy metal residues or contain any harmful or dangerous substances.

Our principal product PILLOW PAK®  inflatable air cushions have been certified by independent laboratories as compliant with this directive.

Are our biodegradable products OXO or OXI based products?

No, our biodegradable products are not OXO or OXI based additive products. OXO or OXI based products break down in the presence of heat, light or mechanical stress. They also leave heavy metal residue as they degrade. OXO or OXI products are currently being eliminated in Japan, Australia, Germany and other locations.

Our film is #4 LDPE (the same material used to make bread and frozen food bags, squeezable bottles, e.g. honey, mustard) and can be recycled curbside in some communities or deflated and recycled with plastic bags. You can learn about curbside recycling programs in your area by visiting Earth 911 and typing in your ZIP code. You can find out where to recycle plastic bags in your area by visiting PlasticBagRecycling.org.

Plastics and Resource Conservation

When it comes to plastics and conserving resources, recycling is only part of the story. Conserving resources means using less raw materials and energy throughout a product's entire life — from its development and manufacture to its use, possible reuse or recovery (including recycling) and disposal. Plastics' unique characteristics — lightweight, durability, formability — enable the material to conserve more resources during a product's life when compared to other materials. In fact, despite the fact that plastic plays a role in almost every facet of our lives, its production accounts for only four percent of theUnited States' energy consumption.

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The 3 "R's" -- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Understand the Waste Reduction Hierarchy

The Waste Reduction Hierarchy consists of four main components to help your business handle and minimize waste. The hierarchy encourages source reduction first, reuse, then recycling, and, as a last resort, disposal. By practicing these steps in order, a business can reduce waste, help the environment, and their bottom line. Below you will find more information about these basic principles used in reducing waste so that you can use this knowledge to implement a waste reduction program for your business.

  • Source Reduction
  • Reuse
  • Recycling
  • Disposal

Some of the many reasons for implementing a business waste reduction program include:

Help The Bottom Line

A business that practices source reduction, reuse and/or recycling can help reduce operating expenses. With less waste created and disposed of, and green purchasing practices in place, it is a win-win situation for businesses and the communities where they operate.

Conserve Energy

Energy conservation and efficiency go a long way in preserving our planet's rich natural resources and promoting a healthy environmen. By recycling or reducing at the source, a business can indirectly conserve energy. For example, it is 98% more energy efficient to recycle an aluminum can than to make a new can from virgin material. Just by recycling, a business can help save energy, money and natural resources.

Conserve Resources

Reusing materials reduces the need for mining or harvesting virgin materials. For example, plastics come from the non-renewable resource fossil fuels; by recycling plastics, there are more fossil fuel resources protected or available for other applications.

Conserve Landfill Space

Landfills are EXPENSIVE to build and no one wants one "in their backyard". Therefore, the more we reduce waste, the less need we have for building new landfills.

Prevent Litter

When we properly dispose of waste or recycle, we have less litter. Litter is unsightly, costly to clean up, and can harm wildlife in our environment

Make People Feel Good About Helping Protect The Environment

We all feel good when we pitch in and do our part to protect the planet that we depend on for our own lives and well being

Source : Earth 911>> Business Resources >> The 3 "R's" -- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Understand the Waste Reduction Hierarchy