Recycled plastic packaging
Cambrian Packaging’s approach to developing a circular economy
We believe that the best approach to tackling the plastic problem is to collect used conventional petro-chemical based plastics, and to recycle them for further use.
By giving used plastics new life, less plastic will pollute our seas, be incinerated or be sent to landfill. Cambrian provides companies with a choice of recycled plastic packaging. Our spray bottles and jerry cans are available in Ecycle™, recycled HDPE.
Cambrian Packaging wholeheartedly supports the move towards a circular economy. We are committed to change, and our methods demonstrate that plastic isn’t a problem if efficient recycling is embraced. We hope to see further improvements in the UK’s recycling network, alongside better consumer education regarding how and why materials should be recycled. We know that real progress can only be made if PCR polymer is consistently available to manufacturers so rapid expansion of the UK and European plastics recycling sector will be necessary to maintain sufficient supply and this may require significant corporate and government investment. We look forward to such moves in the near future to better aid suppliers, manufacturers and consumers in their desire to reduce plastic pollution.
More and more brands are waking up to the importance of choosing PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled) plastic made from at least 25% recycled material. To respond to the demand, 95% of our Ecycle™ material is recycled with the remainder being process chemicals necessary for production.
Bioplastic is not the solution
Bio-based plastic (sometimes called bioplastic) is usually made from starch, vegetable fats and oils, agricultural waste and woodchips. This material is seen as eco-friendly, as it isn’t made from fossil-fuels. But it can’t be recycled with conventional plastic and often creates more problems than it solves.
Bioplastic isn’t easily distinguishable from conventional plastic, and once introduced to feed stocks for recycling, significantly reduces the effectiveness of the process.
With the inclusion of certain additives, conventional plastic can be made to biodegrade at an accelerated rate. Bioplastic is often described as ‘bio-degradable plastic.’ While it’s true that many bioplastics decompose over a much shorter time compared to conventional plastic, this attribute also renders the constituents in the plastics much more likely to be ingested by wildlife, particularly marine life.
Our belief is that the collection, reprocessing and reuse of conventional plastic for recycled plastic packaging is the best way forward.
You can find general product and material guidance below. For specific information per product, please contact us.
What can consumers do to help?
If we are all better educated about what types of plastics can be recycled, this will speed up our progress towards the circular economy. All modern plastic items have a stamp on them indicating what category of plastic they fall into (this is usually displayed on the bottom of the product). There are seven categories, which are listed below.
Cambrian Packaging has been externally certified to meet the stringent criteria of ISO 14001:2015. Please view our current certification here www.cambrianpackaging.co.uk/accreditations.
We have chosen The Globe Foundation as our charitable cause and have donated almost £3,000 towards the Litterbug Project, a community-led plastic recycling initiative based at the not-for-profit’s new Eco Centre in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. You can find out more about the Globe Foundation here.
Our donations have helped to fund an innovative machine that recycles single-use plastics, transforming them into craft projects and useful reusable items for social benefit.
Lloyd Harvey, Sales Executive at Cambrian Packaging, states: “We believe education is the way forward, to ensure consumers know which plastics can be recycled and where to deposit the waste products. We hope to further support this exciting project and we are interested to see if the model can be adapted in other areas.”
Globe Foundation Founder Kate Copeland writes: “We really appreciate Cambrian’s support, and thanks to their donation we will be able to buy a bespoke shredder, made from recycled materials. We hope to raise more money and are currently obtaining grant funding for other machines, including a 3D printer, which will allow us to create items such as bracelets, pendants, cups, plates and even disability cuffs. We can donate some of these items to other charitable groups as well as sell products to fund the project to ensure it is sustainable.”
We are also a recognised Recycle Now partner, and for the past two years we have supported Recycle Week. Recycle Now is the national recycling campaign for England, supported and funded by Government, managed by WRAP, and is used locally by over 90% of English authorities.