ENVIRONMENT

Committed to reducing the impact on our environment

Striving to reduce our carbon footprint

ISO 14001:2015 accredited

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION

At Thames Loose Leaf we recognise our responsibility to reducing the impact on the environment and are committed to environmentally responsible business practices. We strive to reduce our carbon footprint by reviewing, on a regular basis, ways in which we can reduce our power usage and alternative ways in manufacturing processes to lessen the impact on the environment. Thames Loose Leaf hold ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 accreditations which demonstrates our commitment to quality and the protection of the environment.

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Actions taken to reduce our Environmental Impact include, but are not limited to:

  • Using recycled, recyclable or biodegradable materials whenever possible
  • Minimising the waste produced during production
  • Separating and recycling any unavoidable waste wherever possible – a controlled waste scheme is in place which ensures all recyclable goods are separated prior to collection by a specialist certified waste company. Where possible, products within the manufacturing processes are used a number of times to reduce our waste output, in turn having a minimising effect on the environment.

Material Recycling

  • Board is manufactured from recycled paper waste
  • Metal fittings are sent for recycling
  • PVC waste is sent for recycling
  • Waste Board, Paper and Packaging are sent for recycling
  • Waste Polypropylene is sent for recycling

RECYCLING CLIENT PRODUCTS

We offer all clients a facility to recycle any PVC products we have manufactured for them which are no longer required; clients have the option to return this product themselves or, where possible, we endeavour to collect ‘end of product life’ items when we next deliver to the client.

Upon return, products are broken down to their component materials and recycled.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTS

PVC is often said to have poor environmental properties. However, this is not strictly correct. If viewing in a scientific way, one will find that PVC has among the best environmental properties of all polymers. This is especially true when considering:

  • Dependency on fossil raw material
  • Energy consumption
  • Greenhouse gases, Global Warming Potential (GWP)
  • Recyclability

All figures quoted apply to PVC from European producers. Thames Loose Leaf only purchase PVC products from European sources which do not contain substances named on the ‘candidate list’ (Phthalate free and fully REACH compliant).

RESOURCES

PVC (polyvinylchloride) is produced from 43% crude oil and 57% salt (unlike most other thermoplastics which are more or less entirely derived from fossil sources). As such PVC uses less fossil raw material than all other commodity plastics and therefore conserves our crude oil resources.

ENERGY CONSUMPTION

The energy consumption during production of PVC is 60,6 MJ, of this 56,9 MJ are non-renewable sources and 3,7 MJ are renewable. As can be seen in the below graph, production of PVC consumes much less energy than any other polymer, and about 6% of the energy is from renewable sources, while virtually zero for other polymers:

Our suppliers work to decrease their environmental impact when converting the PVC to polymer films: in addition to producing good, durable long-lasting materials, they do everything possible to save energy. A multiyear agreement is made with the government to reduce energy consumption each year, contributing to reducing CO2 emissions.

EMISSIONS

In terms of Global Warming Potential (GWP), PVC comes out as one of the best polymers, having a lower impact on the environment against other plastics.

RECYCLING

PVC purchased from our European suppliers is fully recyclable and can be “up-cycled” into new products at end-of-life, meaning that PVC waste out of short term applications (life expectancy a few weeks or months) can be recycled within products with a life expectancy of 30 to 100 years or more.


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