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.”
Mondelēz International, already a major customer of the RPC Group, was seeking a standard pack for the launch of its Trident chewing gum brand into the German market that could be produced within a short timeline without significant investment. Working together, the RPC Bramlage and RPC M&H Divisions devised a solution combining two standard products.
RPC Group has put together a series of short videos that aim to give a succinct and balanced response to some of the frequently asked questions on the issue of plastic packaging. Topics covered in the 60 second videos are the call to ban plastics altogether, an explanation of the plastics recycling process, the problems of ocean litter, the reasons behind the use of plastic in food packaging, and an understanding of the role of biodegradable plastics.
RPC is one of the UK’s major recyclers of both rigid and flexible plastic and sustainability is a critical part of the company's design and manufacturing process. The supplier continually impresses clients with its ability to deliver the aesthetics and functionality that are equally important to deliver brand image and differentiation in competitive markets.
RPC cooperation agreement ensures efficiency
The diversity of packaging solutions available from within the RPC Group has been ideally demonstrated by a three-year cooperation agreement established between TINE, Norway’s largest producer, distributor and exporter of dairy products, and three companies within the RPC Group, covering a broad range of plastic packs, including containers, pails, pots and bottles.
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.
RPC Group’s annual Safety Week will take place this October with the theme ‘Protecting You, Me and Our Environment.’ Each year employees of the Group are invited to enter a competition to choose the slogan for the week’s activities. This year’s winning entry – from John Neath of RPC Design – reflects RPC’s view that the overall health and safety of everyone is strongly linked to our protection of the environment.
RPC'S Responsibility Report encapsulates business approach
RPC Group has published its first Responsibility Report, setting out the company’s approach to doing business responsibly for the benefit of all its stakeholders, including employees, customers, investors, suppliers, and the wider community and environment in which the business operates. The RPC Responsibility Report offers detailed information and analysis on key areas of the group’s business performance.
The many positive benefits of plastics – in particular the material's contribution to a more sustainable world – will be highlighted on the RPC Group stand (A40) at this year's Packaging Innovations at the NEC. As well as packs made from 'Green' polyethylene produced from sugarcane, and from recycled plastics, the stand will showcase many of plastics' other environmental credentials.
The RPC Group's Apprentice Academy in Oakham has been accepted onto the Government's Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers, enabling the facility to deliver nationally-recognised industry training. The announcement comes as the Academy marked its fourth anniversary with the awarding of certificates to celebrate the graduation of its first group of apprentices who embarked on their training following its official opening in December 2013.
Sports cap takes convenience and safety to a new level
RPC Massmould in conjunction with RPC Astra Plastique (Global Expert Centre for Flip Top Sports Closures) have developed and industrialised a next generation sports cap that breaks new ground with its combination of enhanced consumer convenience and maximum product safety and integrity, along with a contemporary design.
Foam modelling fills a gap
The RPC Design team has completed construction on a purpose-built foam modelling studio that will enable its designers to rapidly make mock-ups of packs in order to test and modify them before release. The foam modelling studio provides customers with a chance to alter their packs' proportions and ergonomics before they commit, resulting in more effective and easier-to-use solutions.
RPC Group's Katherine fleet wins FPA Rising Star Award
Katherine Fleet, Sustainability Manager at the RPC Group, has won the inaugural Rising Star Award at the Food Service Packaging Association (FPA) Awards 2017. The award, which recognises a star of the future within the packaging industry, was presented to Katherine by celebrity guest Jo Caulfield at a ceremony at The Grand Hotel in Brighton.
Interpack showcases RPC skills and diversity
WaveGrip, the first genuine alternative to current beverage multi-packing solutions, and the WorldStar-winning Twist Cup with screw lid, the latest in a long line of award-winning packs, are just two of the highlights of the RPC Group stand at this year's Interpack.
Activities week confirms RPC'S commitment to health & safety
Plastics specialist RPC Group has held a special week of events and activities in its ongoing commitment to an ever-improving health and safety record. Employees in over 150 locations around the world took part in training sessions aimed at further raising health and safety standards both inside and outside the organisation.
Printer Brings a New Dimension to the Design Proces
A £220,000 investment in new equipment – including the latest in 3D printing technology – will enable RPC Design to further enhance its new pack development services. The new Connex 3 Objet 500 liquid polymer printer can print items – including a container with a label – in up to 5 litres in size and with a 0.8mm wall, enabling the early creation of physical designs for assessment and further adjustments.
RPC Group acquires British Polythene Industries plc
RPC Group has completed the acquisition of British Polythene Industries plc (BPI), a leading manufacturer and supplier of polythene films for a diverse range of end markets, including agriculture and horticulture, construction, industrial, healthcare and waste services, and retail food and non-food. The company has 19 manufacturing facilities in the UK, Europe and North America, employing around 2,000 people.
A thermoformed twist cup with an injection moulded screw lid, developed in close co-operation between Orkla Foods Norway, RPC Superfos and RPC Promens, has been awarded a ScanStar 2016 in the Nordic packaging competition. The innovative pack solution is being used for a new selection in Orkla's Denja range including shrimps, beans, chicken or beetroot.
RPC's multi-process capabilities across its divisions has enabled newly-established car care and finishing specialist Roar Advanced Finishing to source the majority of its packaging requirements from one supplier. RPC Superfos UK is supplying 1 and 2.5 litre polypropylene Paintainers®; RPC Promens Industrial Rushden is producing a 1 litre HDPE bottle; and PET Power has been able to meet Roar's need for a 1 litre PET bottle as well.
All UK sites in the RPC Group have achieved ISO 50001 certification for the implementation of a group-wide energy management programme, in line with the requirements of the ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) legislation. As part of its Climate Change Agreement (CCA), RPC is committed to reducing the company's Specific Energy Consumption (SEC) by a further 7.5% across its UK operations by 2020.
RPC will showcase a number of award-winning packs at Packaging Innovations, underlining the company's ability to deliver pack solutions across a wide range of end markets including food and drink, cosmetics and personal care, pharmaceutical and healthcare, automotive, garden, DIY and surface coatings, and industrial and household chemicals.
- Isabelle Jefferies
- Company News
- Created 09 Aug 2018
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