OUR SUSTAINABLE PROMISE
During manufacturing, waste generated in our production process is processed as much as possible directly on the production lines. Waste from injection branches is collected, passed through grinding mills and directly added back to the production machinery on the line. The residual waste that then remains in our factory is supplied to waste processors for recycling. This so-called post-consumer recycled (PCR) material is collected from the waste processors, sorted, washed and reprocessed into a clean material suitable for reuse in our manufacturing processes.
The following are advantages of PCR: reduced use of fossil resources, thanks to re-use reduced CO₂ emissions your contribution to reducing the amount of waste Recycled material is already used in several of our products, in order to reduce the waste stream. RPET and PP are examples of such materials currently used in our manufacturing processes. We also endeavour to point out these possibilities to our clients at an early stage and to use alternative materials wherever possible.
Examples of sustainable developments:
– RPET used for chewing gum packaging.
– Joint initiative with the client and Nederland Schoon Development carried out with Bluecup. Bluecup is a company that promotes the reuse of coffee pods instead of using a new pod for each cup of coffee. It therefore developed a concept for this purpose in cooperation with Aarts Packaging, which we have since put into production. See also www.bluecup.nl
– Following several trial production runs at our factory, a large drugstore chain in Germany ultimately opt to switch to recycled material for large part of the package of caps that we manufacture for it.
– Bio-based and biodegradable.
We both promote and investigate the possibilities of using sustainable plastics.
The use of bio-based plastics serves an alternative to oil. While oil reserves are in danger of running out, bio-based plastics, also known as renewable plastics, can be used to produce these materials over and over again by means of cultivation. The use of biodegradable plastics ensures that these materials can be composted in suitable conditions, and they are therefore disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.
In general, Aarts Packaging devotes attention to energy savings, the use of energy efficient machinery and the reuse of heat generated on the production lines to heat warehouses. The use of LED lighting, closed circuit cooling systems, the purchase of green electricity and sheltered employmentare other sustainability initiatives that our organisation promotes.
The internationally acclaimed Ecovadis organisation awarded Aarts Packaging a Gold Medal Rating. In addition, an audit of our sustainability policy by DNV achieved favourable results. We are a member of the NRK PVT, a collaboration between the two industry associations that represent the interests of the plastics industry in the Netherlands. One of the most important initiatives launched the trade association is Rethink. Rethinks objective is to strive for the preservation of plastics as a material for the future, while closely focusing on utility, safety, sustainability, use and reuse, recycling and innovation. Furthermore, it concentrates on how we as an industry can contribute to the realisation of CO₂ reduction and a circular economy. A roadmap has been drawn up for this purpose, outlining how we intend to increasingly work towards the sustainable use of plastics in industry across the board.