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RPC Design create new grading system to highlight sustainability credentials of products

  • Berry Global
Europe, Active, Smart Packaging, Sustainable Packaging, Reusable Packaging, Recyclable Packaging, Plastic, Colouring, Recycling

RPC Design has created a unique grading system that provides an easy visual guide to the sustainability credentials of each new pack it creates.

The department already uses a special sustainability checklist for all its projects to ensure it is designing for the circular economy, taking into account factors such as lightweighting, reuse, and the incorporation of recycled material, as well as the overall recyclability of the finished pack.

To represent all these factors visually, RPC Design has adopted a similar approach to the energy and efficiency rating used for products such as electrical appliances, boilers, and double glazing, with a series of bars of various lengths and colours.

The grading scale is based on the widely-used Recyclass system, developed by the Plastics Recyclers Europe organisation, which provides very good definitions of how recyclable a piece of packaging is on a scale of A to F. As this is not the only factor in developing the most sustainable packaging solution, addition symbols for lightweighting, reuse and recycled material have been devised and incorporated into the grading system.

“Our new grading scale enables customers to see very easily how we have considered all the options in making their product more ‘circular’, particularly in terms of its suitability for recycling,” explains RPC Design Manager Brian Lodge.

“It also helps us to identify areas during the design process where earlier decisions may have impacted on the overall sustainability of the pack and therefore make adjustments to further improve its environmental profile.”

See also

RPC Tedeco-Gizeh, the UK’s sole manufacturer of plastic vending cups, is launching a unique initiative to help customers recycle their used cups into valuable second life products. The company is working with its sister business from the RPC Group, RPC bpi recycled products, so that vending suppliers and operators who collect their own used cups can deliver them to the RPC bpi facility in Dumfries. There they will be reprocessed and blended with other recycled polymers for use in the manufacture of RPC bpi’s market-leading Plaswood.

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  • Modified 09 Aug 2018
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