Most people would think plastic is not an environmentally friendly material. In fact, environmental awareness is widespread in the plastics industry; plastic has a variety of characteristics that can help the environment in different ways. Firstly, there are several ways to recycle plastic.
The most common form of recycling within the industry takes place directly in connection with an injection moulding machine, for example, where the ingot is ground down and mixed with new material. Another form of recycling occurs through the collection of packaging, which is ground down and used in applications that are well-suited for recycled materials. Energy recovery also occurs where waste materials are used as fuel.
Another positive environmental impact of plastic is its low density. All parts in a car or an aeroplane that can be made of plastic contribute to a decrease in the weight, which leads to a reduction in fuel consumption.
Some of the plastic material we sell is bio-based. The crops are grown in desert areas and do not replace arable land for food.
Every year since 2001 we have donated five percent of our profit to projects working on the preservation of rainforests in South America. For now, we are supporting “Regnskogsföreningen”, working for protection of rainforest areas in Brazil.
To further minimise our environmental impact and ensure that our partners dispose of and recycle the materials in the correct way, we have put in place a Plastic and Chemical Waste Policy. Click here to read the policy.
Erteco’s Environmental Management System is certified in accordance to ISO 14001:2015. Click here to view the certificate.
Are you aware of our sustainable materials?
We have put together a presentation about our sustainable materials and solutions. Click here to read it.
We are a part of Operation Clean Sweep
Operation Clean Sweep is a project initiated by Plastics Europe and aims to prevent raw material waste along the production and distribution chain. While consumers are responsible for proper disposal of used products, the plastics industry must, for its part, ensure containment of the products it handles, namely the plastic pellets, flakes and powders. OCS is specifically aimed to prevent discharge into water flows and to the marine environment.
This concerns incoming and outgoing goods as long as it’s under loading. At our warehouse in Sweden, we have routines in place for taking care of waste pellets. The staff also provides help to forwarders to clean the cargo floor from pellets and offer to take care of the waste pellets.