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Should You Use Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic In Your Business?

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Post-consumer recycled plastics are important for creating sustainable packaging and products across the world. In the post-consumer recycling process, used plastics from households and businesses are collected, cleaned, treated and made into new products.

The development of the post consumer recycling process means everyone – from parents to kids to businesses to retirees – can play an active role in reducing waste and positively impacting the environment.

But the system relies on businesses choosing to use post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics. And while recycling has become the standard in many households, lots of businesses aren’t yet taking advantage of PCR plastic. So is it the right choice for your company?

The Benefits Of Post-Consumer Recycled Plastics

Going green

There’s no doubt about it – using post consumer recycled products helps the planet. It means less plastic going to landfill, and fewer of Earth’s natural resources being used to create new virgin plastics. By using PCR plastic, you can be sure you’re doing your bit for the environment.

Going to market

It’s easy to market PCR products. Climate change and environmental issues have captured the global zeitgeist, so using post consumer recycled plastic is a great way to position yourself as a sustainability-focused business with its finger on the pulse. Half of digital consumers say that environmental issues impact their buying decisions – and with younger generations leading the way, this is likely to become more important in time.

Going for gold

Using post consumer recycled materials doesn’t break the bank. In fact, it can actually be cheaper to use PCR packaging than regular plastic bottles. So in terms of profitability and business planning, post consumer recycled packaging makes sense.

What’s not so great?

The limitations of PCR packaging are few and far between – PCR plastics are just as sturdy and resilient as virgin plastics. However, there are some cosmetic differences to regular plastics that businesses thinking of making the switch should be aware of.

PCR bottles don’t always have the crystal clear look that new plastic bottles have. They’re usually somewhere between a translucent stone and a cool grey colour. These neutral shades are easy on the eye, so they’re sure to integrate well with almost any brand.

Some PCR plastics aren’t suitable for storing food or drink products, so if you’re shopping for food-safe packaging, it’s important to check the credentials of your PCR bottle before you buy.

The Verdict On PCR Plastics

Post consumer recycled packaging benefits businesses, as well as helping the planet. It’s a cheap, sustainable alternative to virgin plastic – so whether you’re making homemade remedies on a small scale, or mass producing health and beauty products, using PCR products is a great way to do your bit for the environment.

All our PCR bottles are available with no minimum order, so brands of any size can buy as many as they need. If you’re looking for large quantities of recycled plastic bottles, we also offer discounts when you shop in wholesale amounts. Take a look at our full range to find your perfect PCR bottle.

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How To Reduce Plastic Waste At Work

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Whether your workplace is a factory, office or retail building, it is extremely likely that you will be generating a lot of plastic waste. Did you know that British companies have shipped more than 2.7 million tonnes of plastic waste to China and Hong Kong since 2012? As a large retailer of plastic packaging products, we are more than aware of the big environmental issue that plastic waste causes and want to use our voice to encourage manufacturers and individuals to dispose of plastic waste responsibly. In this short guide, we’ll explore the best ways to reduce plastic waste in the workplace. Office managers and CEO’s – listen up!

Find Out Where The Most Waste Is Originating 

In order to address the problem, you’ll need to identify the source! If you work in an office, chances are that your main source of plastic waste will be from food and drink packaging that employees have brought in for lunch. If 20 people are getting a meal deal every day, the amount of sandwich containers and plastic bottles can soon add up! However, sometimes the plastic waste that your company generates goes unseen. If you are a mass retailer that uses plastic packaging, then you won’t be the ones left to dispose of it. Even though it technically isn’t your problem any longer, you have still contributed towards the plastic waste. Plastic waste can also be a by-product of production processes in factories. Once you’ve identified the specific area in which you are generating the most waste, you can start to brainstorm solutions.

Organise Your Recycling Bins

One of the first things that you can do within your company is too make sure that you have an easy way for your employees to recycle their plastic. Instead of having a number of general waste bins dotted around your office, why not have a designated recycling station? This only has to consist of a maximum of 5 different bins: cardboard/paper waste, glass waste, plastic waste, food waste and general waste. By encouraging staff to make the effort by making it easy for them to comply, you will be making a big difference without making a big deal out of it!

Evaluate Your Packaging Materials

If you’re a producer of consumer goods, then it’s a great idea to see if there are any changes that you can make to the materials you use to create or package your items. Plastic drink bottles are a big contributor to plastic waste worldwide, yet it is difficult to see how this product can be made more eco-friendly without losing the clear benefits that plastic offers. But there are sustainable alternatives! Here at Ampulla, we have a small range of PLA Plastic Drink Bottles that are biodegradable! PLA Plastic is made using 100% plant material that can be broken down using industrial composters in around 6 months, thanks to the heat exposure that a huge amount of composting material gives you. However, the biodegradability of these bottles does not impact on their quality! They have the same look and feel as normal plastic bottles, with the only difference being that you cannot leave them in direct sunlight, as the plastic may begin to soften and lose it’s shape. If PLA isn’t for you, then you also have the option to switch to aluminium cans, which are more easily recycled or even glass bottles.

Other Handy Tips To Reduce Plastic Waste At Work

  • Request that your suppliers use less plastic;
  • Swap disposable plastic water cups for paper ones;
  • Encourage your staff to bring in their own reusable water bottles;
  • Remove any plastic cutlery from communal kitchens and replace with stainless steel;
  • Replace plastic bags with paper or compostable bags for customers.

These are just a few of the small ideas that can help you improve the carbon footprint of your business and show your customers that you’re making positive steps to become more sustainable.

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Introducing The PCR10 Environmental Initiative

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We’re pleased to announce the introduction of an environmental initiative called PCR10 to selected Ampulla plastic products! The term ‘PCR’ stand for ‘post-consumer recycled’. This simply refers to any material that has served its intended use as a finished product, then has been placed in the recycling system to be remade into a new product. As part of the new PCR10 initiative, certain plastic manufacturers have committed to using PCR material to manufacture at least 10% of every HDPE and PET plastic item made in the UK in 2019.

Wherever possible, the post-consumer recycled plastic material that is used will be sourced from the UK, so that the carbon footprint generated in order to manufacture these new products is kept as small as possible. The PCR10 initiative is very warmly welcomed by Ampulla and all those who are increasingly aware of the impact that single use plastic is having on our planet. We do hope that manufacturers continue to innovate products and inspire consumers to make positive changes, and we here at Ampulla will continue to promote these efforts!

Why Is PCR10 An Important Step?

  • It encourages responsible plastic manufacturing;
  • It reduces plastic waste;
  • It gives greater choice to consumers;
  • It reduces your company’s carbon footprint.

PCR10 Products Stocked By Ampulla

Currently, Ampulla has two products available that are part of the PCR10 initiative:

All listings for the products above are now made using the PCR material, regardless of which cap options you choose.

If you think that this selection is paltry, don’t get too worried – many of our current HDPE and PET products will also be phased out and replaced with the new identical PCR10 models once the old stock has been used! Please do keep an eye out for information on PCR10 products in our product descriptions to see which products are part of this group.

If you’re interested in this envionmental scheme, we think that you’ll also like our PLA Bottles.