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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.
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What Happens To Your Recycled Plastic Bottles?

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Ever wondered what happens to the recycled plastic bottles that you’ve put in your recycling bins? We’ve all heard how important recycling is, in order to do your bit to save the planet and protect our oceans from the scourge of single-use plastic items. When you’ve spent time and effort sorting all your waste into their designated bins, you’ll want to know that your recyclable products are being turned into something useful! However a recent report from the BBC has thrown some doubt on the UK’s recycling processes, as it has emerged that half of our recycling waste is sent abroad to be processed, giving us very little overview of what happens to it from then on. Whilst this is slightly worrying, there is no proof as of yet that this waste isn’t being recycled and the UK public has dramatically increased their recycling rates from 31% in 1998 up to 64% in 2017! We’re heading in the right direction.

But what can our recycled plastic bottles be turned into?

According to Recycle Your Plastics, your recycled plastic bottles can be turned into many different types of products that you might not even think of, including fibres for use in making clothes, sleeping bags, carpets and, of course, they can be turned into more plastic bottles. It actually takes 75% less energy to make a plastic bottle using recycled plastic bottles, than it does to make a plastic bottle from scratch! You could even upcycle your old plastic bottles – instead of throwing them in your recycling bins, turn them into something functional or decorative for your home, like this clever little fish below!

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Things you probably didn’t know about recycling plastic:
  • PET and HDPE are the two easiest plastics to recycle. (Luckily we stock lots of them!)
  • Each year enough plastic is thrown away to circle the earth four times. Source.
  • Recycling 1 tonne of plastic bottles can save 1.5 tonnes of carbon! Source.
  • It takes around 25 two-litre plastic bottles to make a recycled fleece jacket. Source. 
  • In less than 2 hours, the UK produces enough waste to fill the Albert Hall. Source.
  • 79% of the plastic waste ever created is still in our environment. Source.
  • Plastic bottles are accepted for recycling by 99% of local councils in the UK. Source.
  • Plastic items such as carrier bags and bottles that end up in our oceans kill around 1,000,000 sea creatures every year. Source.

Some of these facts are truly shocking and makes you think twice about throwing your recyclable items into general waste. Our ranges of plastic juice bottles are made mainly from HDPE and PET plastic, which are both recyclable by almost every single council in Britain, giving you and your end users no excuse not to recycle them!

Browse our entire plastic juice and smoothie bottle collection right here.
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Introducing Brand New Eco-Safe PLA Bottles, Made From 100% Plant!

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As exciting product launches go, this is one of our most intriguing, exciting and unusual ones yet. We are now stocking brand new plastic bottles made from PLA (polylactic acid) that are produced using 100% biomass material, which includes corn starch, sugar cane and other plant material! This means that these bottles are fully biodegradable and unlike other plastics, which can take thousands of years to break down into smaller molecules, PLA plastic only takes between 6-12 months to biodegrade in high temperatures! PLA plastic is the ideal packaging material for environmentally-concerned brands to use and reduce their carbon footprint, offer more choice to their consumers and do their bit for the planet.

In contrast to other types of plastic, you do not have to put these empty bottles into plastic recycling bins after use, but instead they can be composted! Once exposed to the heat that builds up in an industrial composter, these awesome bottles can naturally break down into their natural compounds, alongside food and garden waste. The delicate structure of PLA bottles means that you will need to be careful not too expose them to dramatic temperatures and environments as this can cause them to lose shape. Our particular PLA bottles should not be used in temperatures above 55˚ Celsius or lower than -40˚ Celsius, but you should also take care about leaving them in direct sunlight as this could also cause them to lose shape and certainly don’t put them in the microwave!

These bottles are the perfect packaging option for ethical drinks brands, in order to bring their eco-friendly ethos across the whole business, especially being ideal for flavoured waters, smoothies, milkshakes and more! If your product is 100% natural, then why not have a 100% natural bottle?

Our PLA bottles are currently only available in a 250ml capacity, with the option to add a 38mm tamper evident screw on lid in colours which include white, natural, black, yellow, blue and red, to name just a few. Please note that these bottles are only available in box quantities and are non-returnable. So what are you waiting for? Get browsing the range today by clicking here!

*Please be aware that our PLA Plastic Bottles are not entirely clear and see-through, they have a yellowish tinge which comes from the plant-based materials that are used to make them.

Like the look of our PLA Bottles? Then we think you’ll love our plastic e-liquid bottles!