In today’s world, protecting the environment and the planet for future generations is becoming more and more important. In fact, consumers are demanding change. Many companies across the globe—and across a variety of industries—are making sustainability a top priority in their strategic plans. The plastics industry is no exception. At Drug Plastics, we are continually looking for ways to not only reduce our own carbon footprint, but to help our customers do the same.
In effort to help customers make the transition to greater sustainability, we are pleased to introduce six new Sustainability Calculators. From switching to more eco-friendly resin and eliminating flame treatment, to calculating the savings gained from choosing PET plastic over glass, our new tools will show you how making simple changes can have a big impact on the environment.
Reduce Greenhouse Gases with Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) PET
When you switch to PCR PET bottles, you can help decrease greenhouse gas emissions that are damaging our planet. Making new products from PCR PET removes plastic from the environment by converting PET plastic discarded by the consumer back into resin that can be used again. This resin is derived from 100% recycled post-consumer material. It is also fully recyclable in the current PET recycle stream. PCR PET retains nearly identical properties, performance, and application versatility as traditional PET and is FDA-approved.
Opt Out of the Flame Treatment Process
You can conserve fossil fuels like natural gas by opting out of the flame treatment process. Historically, the use of flaming in the plastic bottle manufacturing process ensured that water-based adhesive labels and silk screening would adhere properly to HDPE, LDPE, and PP bottles. Today, this is not always necessary, depending on the label type you are using (we recommend consulting with your label provider). When the flame treatment process is not utilized, less CO2 is released into the atmosphere.
Reduce the Amount of Collateral Packaging
Many of our customers have decided that double bagging is not necessary and have taken a step in the right direction to reduce their carbon footprint. Use our Bag Reduction Calculator and find out how much you can save on each order by eliminating the additional bag.
Save CO2 Emissions by Using Natural Resin
Titanium dioxide concentrate is a white pigment that is added to natural plastic resin to give a bottle a white color. Switching from white pigmented bottles to those made from resin in its natural color state can make a big difference in carbon dioxide emissions. See how many tons of carbon dioxide emissions you can save by switching.
Use PET Plastic Instead of Glass
When you use PET plastic instead of glass, you save natural resources because it takes less energy to produce. PET is also lighter than glass, reducing transportation and fuel costs. Converting from glass to PET will help you reduce costs and improve your carbon footprint. Try out our Glass-to-PET Conversion Calculator on a typical order and see how choosing PET can help improve your bottom line.
Switch from Glass to HDPE Plastic
Plastic is well-known for having some significant advantages for the consumer when used instead of glass for packaging—especially in terms of sustainability. Our new conversion calculator allows you to see the environmental impact of switching from a glass bottle to a comparable HDPE plastic bottle. Learn how choosing plastic can help save the planet for years to come.
We Can Help You Make the Right Choices
Drug Plastics wants you to have all the important information you need to make the right choices for your packaging needs. Our Sustainability Calculators were developed to help you learn how these simple changes can make a big difference for our planet. Explore all of our Sustainability Calculators and join us in conserving our world’s natural resources.
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