Impact is committed to the environmentally responsible manufacturing of our collapsible packaging tubes. The company has a no heavy metals policy, recycles processing scrap wherever possible and works with clients in a partnership to minimise waste. We also believe it is important to supply high quality products that do not fail. In fully protecting goods with plastic and aluminium tubes of the highest quality, we eliminate spoilage caused by faulty packaging, which can contribute to the waste stream.
Our European plant is developing a biopolymer coating for use in laminate material using Whey protein in the structure to help reduce the amount of synthetic oxygen barrier material used and increase its environmental friendliness. The product is called Wheylayer® (patent pending) and offers good oxygen barrier properties and exceeds the barrier properties of existing biopolymers.
The use of the WHEYLAYER® barrier biopolymer will be a key innovation in the packaging sector and result in a very positive impact on the environment as it solves multiple challenges: finding new commercial uses of currently discarded cheese by-product, replacing petroleum-based plastics with natural bioplastic
while safeguarding the performance and enhancing the recyclability of multilayer film, thus adding huge value for the European packaging industries and their end users, especially for cosmetic tubes and pharmaceutical tubes.
In Australia, we are working on a project to manufacture extruded plastic tubes using resin derived from renewable resources. Work on this project is expected to be completed by February 2019. Once successful, this will enable Impact International to offer the “cleanest and greenest” plastic tubes in the world. These tubes will be produced using material derived from a renewable resource, manufactured using energy from our solar farm (zero carbon foot print) and are completely recyclable. As they are manufactured in Australia, customers know that manufacturing takes place under some of the strictest environmental laws in the world and the carbon foot print generated during shipping is also significantly reduced, compared to importing tubes from overseas, from countries such as China.
If you would like more information on Impact’s commitment to the environment in the manufacture of squeeze and collapsible tubes, please get in touch with us here.