At Fern Plastics, we recognise that as a plastic injection moulding business, responsible consumption and production is key to ensuring a lasting legacy for our company and the planet. Avoiding waste and recycling up to 100% of our plastic and other waste is key to ensuring we do not play a heavy part in filling the world’s landfill sites and oceans with our discarded by-products.
Up to 100% Recycled Waste
When it comes to getting rid of waste in the plastic industry, we know that our choices are important. That’s why we aim to reuse and recycle up to 100% of our plastic and manufacturing waste to be used for future projects. Our in-house robots and granulators supplied by our partners Geiger Systems help maximise the amount of plastic waste we can reuse in future projects without a compromise in quality. Doing this ensures that every bit of plastic we use and produce is used to its highest capacity, reducing the amount of waste we as a company produce every single day.
Of course, quality is paramount for us and some plastic waste we are unable to reuse using our in-house recycling methods. Any waste materials that don’t meet the strict technical requirements our customers need, including any bags, is collected by our partners Recycled UK who can then re-process it for other non-technical markets. We have put multiple steps in place to create a circular economy in our plastic injection moulding process in order to reduce the environmental impact our industry and do our bit as a company to ensure our practices are as sustainable as they can be.
Disposable packaging makes up the bulk of waste in industries across the world. Product boxes are produced, used once and sent to landfill for the whole process to begin again. As part of our commitment to reducing waste at Fern Plastics, we have created a circular process to ensure our cardboard waste is put to use. Our cardboard packaging supplier Allpack take away all of our cardboard waste and recycle it into new cartons that can be used to transport our goods. This reduces the amount of materials we consume as a company and creates a reusable alternative to the single-use box.
Making the Whole Process Recyclable
When looking at ways to reduce our environmental impact during the plastic injection moulding production process, one of the biggest issues of waste we found was the use of plastic tape to keep items together when sending out to our clients. This plastic tape would then be cut and thrown away, creating further avoidable waste. In order to combat this, we are trialling swapping out our plastic tape for paper tape. This has the same purpose, but can be easily recycled after use and is not as harmful to the environment to produce. This is just one of the changes we are trialling to make our process completely recyclable at every stage.
Fern Plastics is a one-stop-shop for a range of plastic injection moulding needs with a number of added services such as chrome, paint or printed finishes, welding, assembly and testing, delivered Just In Time and more. If you would like to find out more, get in touch online now or call us on 01902 758282 to talk to a member of our team.