Plastics & the environment

Plastics have a strong environmental profile. All polymers are lightweight, durable, low carbon and recyclable. And they are not a major drain on our natural resources. Only 4% of global oil production is used for plastics and it is estimated that packaging accounts for only 1.5% of oil and gas use*.

1.5% - Plastic Packaging; 2.5% - Other Plastics; 4% - Chemicals; 5% - Other; 42% - Energy and Heating; 45% - Transport

At RPC we utilise these benefits to create products that provide a sustainable solution while still being fit-for-purpose.

*Source:BPF

The plastics product lifecycle

Sustainability underscores everything that we do – both the products that we design and manufacture, and the way we run our operations. We work to ensure that we meet all our own environmental responsibilities and to help our customers achieve theirs.

RPC’s commitment to sustainability is evident throughout our products’ lifecycles. While we can achieve the greatest impact during the design and manufacturing processes, we aim to make a contribution at every stage, from efficient transportation and effective product protection to collaborative initiatives for re-use and recycling.

The packaging lifecycle

RPC’s commitment to sustainability is evident throughout our products’ lifecycles. While we can achieve the greatest impact during the design and manufacturing processes, we aim to make a contribution at every stage, from efficient transportation and effective product protection to collaborative initiatives for re-use and recycling.

The plastics product lifecycle

Raw materials

Raw materials

  • Responsible procurement
  • Research & development of new materials such as bio-polymers
Design and development

Design and development

  • Lightweighting
  • Use of post consumer recyclate
  • Product protection
Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Reduce

  • Energy consumption
  • Waste
  • Water consumption
  • Carbon emissions
Filling and dustribution

Filling and distribution

  • Product protection
  • Efficient transportation
Retail

Retail

  • Increased shelf life
  • Product protection
Use / disposal / collection

Use / disposal /collection

  • Consideration of target demographic
  • Reduction in food waste
  • Recyclability
Recycling

Recycling

  • Closed loop process – reduction in waste to landfill
  • Sustainable raw material source

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