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Polyethylene and Polypropylene printable materials from PolyPrime are recyclable and sustainable.

Polyethylene and Polypropylene printable materials from PolyPrime are recyclable and sustainable.

Our Commitment to Sustainability

Though “sustainability” is the new buzzword, it speaks volumes concerning our responsibility to being good stewards of our natural resources and the environment. PolyPrime’s commitment to sustainability is an on-going process as we seek to incorporate environmentally friendly practices into our business and its products.

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  • Manufacture materials that are beneficial, safe and healthy throughout its life-cycle
  • Learn from suppliers and customers on ways of improving our sustainability
  • Develop strategic partnerships for running a better and more sustainable business
  • Develop materials to meet customers’ criteria for performance and cost
  • Maximize the use of renewable or recycled source materials
  • Design packaging that optimizes the use of materials

Plastic that Sustain Our Resources

Through effective resource conservation, we can minimize our impact on the planet by using the earth’s resources wisely. To do this, we must more efficiently manage natural resources and lessen the environmental impact of the products we use, from raw materials to production to distribution and on through ultimate disposal. In other words, we should strive to minimize the energy consumed and wastes generated during production, as well as through the life of a product and on to final disposition.

Only about 4 percent of the United States’ energy consumption is actually used to produce plastic raw materials, including feed stocks. This is quite a small percentage in comparison to energy’s other non-plastic uses. In addition, it often takes less energy to convert plastics from a raw material into a finished product than other comparable products.

PolyPrime is proud to be a manufacturer of materials that promotes using less energy during the manufacturing process and produces products that are recyclable and/or sustainable.

Polyethylene

This material also referred to as HDPE, is more commonly known for being used in milk and detergent containers. It is a material known for its stiffness, strength/toughness, and resistance to chemicals and moisture, permeability to gas, ease of processing and forming. Another great benefit to polyethylene is that it is recyclable in many municipalities.

Post-Consumer Polyethylene

Our PCR material has the same characteristics as virgin polyethylene except that it is made from recycled milk jugs. According to the EPA data, recycled plastics account for far less environmental impact than their virgin counterparts. In fact, there are studies that suggest recycled plastics have more than 25% less carbon/green house gas emissions than virgin resins. Looking to see what reduction in greenhouse gasses your company could boast ask PolyPrime about using recycled HDPE.

Polypropylene

This material is being considered more as an alternative to PVC and PET because of its clarity and its ease of converting. Much of the polypropylene is being used for closures on bottles, but at PolyPrime we have found this material to be a versatile material. Polypropylene has all the characteristics of HDPE with the added benefit of being produced in clears and tints. Even though polypropylene is not recyclable in a substantial number of municipalities, it is considered a sustainable material because it can be designed to reduce packaging and creates new packaging alternatives by using one substrate (i.e. paperboard box with a clear vinyl window).

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The GREEN Alternatives to Rigid Vinyl

Our polyethylene and polypropylene are sustainable alternatives over rigid vinyl. Here are some reasons why our materials are Green alternatives.

  • PE and PP are recyclable – rigid vinyl is not
  • PE and PP have no toxins or hazardous material, like no phthalates, no VCM or no extractable
  • PE and PP are less expensive because of its density or weight

Both our materials are a completely recyclable printable substrate.