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Are all plastics created equal?

Are all plastics created equal?

The development of plastic has revolutionised the manufacturing industry and so many of the products that we use every day. However, the tide of public opinion has recently turned against the use of plastic, due to important and legitimate concerns around its negative impact on the environment.

At Amberol, having a green supply chain has always been an important part of what we do. Which is why we have been manufacturing eco-friendly products for several decades. In fact, Amberol was one of the early adopters of the use of recyclable materials in the manufacturing process.

However, it is unlikely that plastic will be completely eliminated from any industry’s supply chain for the foreseeable future due to its flexibility, convenience and affordability. Furthermore, not all plastic has a harmful long- term impact on the environment; the key is disposability.

The impact of single use plastics

Single-use or disposable plastics are the real culprit in environmental terms. These are used only once then at best recycled; at worst, thrown away (petroleum-based plastic is hard to recycle for example). These plastics are used in many everyday items such as plastic bags, straws, drinks bottles and much of our food packaging.

According to the Plastic Free Challenge, around 300 million tonnes of plastic is produced across the world each year, half of which is disposable. Even more alarming is the fact that just 10-13% of plastic items are estimated to be recycled worldwide. Apart from the impact on landfill, when plastic degrades (very slowly), it can release toxic chemicals which may then enter the food and water supply, causing possible health issues.

Actions to tackle the problems caused by single use plastic include a UK ban on the supply of plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds which comes into effect from April 2020. There are a few exemptions, most notably, those with specific medical needs or disabilities which mean they need to use straws.

Using recyclable plastic to reduce landfill

All Amberol’s products including litter bins, self-watering planters and planterware are made from recyclable polyethylene which customers tell us lasts for decades. The only exception to this is our bench and picnic table range which is made from Plaswood; a form of recycled plastic made from the agricultural plastic sheets used to wrap silage and straw bales. This means that our products have all the durable properties of plastic but are an environmentally friendly choice. Plus, the fact that our self-watering planters also help conserve water is an added eco-bonus!

A recycling bin for every occasion

Of course, another way that Amberol’s products help people to reduce landfill and improve recycling rates is by manufacturing and supplying indoor and outdoor recycling bins. The range includes the Westminster Recycle Bin which has a hooded top and interior liner, and the flat backed Clear-way Slim Bin which is suitable for walkways and office spaces. The outdoor range includes the popular Olympic Dual Bin which is found in some of the UK’s busiest places such as London’s West End. The contemporary-looking Chatsworth Bin was designed by a street architect and has a 180-litre capacity and two internal liners for separation at source, while the Slim Bin Recycle and Eco-Bin ranges can be used to create a central recycling point through the combination of banks of bins.

So, if you are looking for a litter bin, bench or planter with good ethical and green credentials, call Amberol on 01773 830 930 or email sales@amberol.co.uk today to find out how we can help. Our friendly sales reps can even arrange a no-obligation on-site demonstration so you can judge the quality of Amberol’s products for yourself.

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