LVF Packaging has achieved a landmark goal – recycling all plastic waste created during the manufacturing process at its National Road factory in Leeds, West Yorkshire.Continue Reading
The plastic packaging sector faces its biggest ever challenge - convincing a sceptical public and the mainstream media that its products are the most effective packaging for the future.
We've been working towards sustainability for many years and are proud of what we do.
- 100% Recycled Plastic
- Environmental Sustainability
- Circular Economy
- Zero Landfill
We led the way in the use of rPET materials, which today contain a minimum of 80 percent post-consumer waste.
In 2019 we became one of the first packaging companies in the UK to manufacture and sell products made from BreakdownPET - a biodegradable and fully recyclable plastic material that is designed to quickly, naturally and safely decompose in landfill.
In 2020 we achieved a landmark goal – recycling all plastic waste created during the manufacturing process at our National Road factory in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
There's no escaping the fact that the images first broadcast on David Attenborough's Blue Planet in 2018 were horrific; and a damning indictment on the way that plastic waste is disposed of around the world.
What has followed has been at best imbalanced, and at worst - a greenwash.
Plastic packaging does not grow legs and walk into the oceans of the world on its own.
The reason why plastic waste ends up where it does is because people dump it there. And all the different companies and Governments promising reductions, even bans, on the use of different plastic products, isn't going to stop that any time soon
What is needed is for all parties to work together to highlight, where appropriate, plastic's benefit; find suitable alternatives when it's not; and for Governments to incentivise waste management companies to recycle all plastics as opposed to trading only in the currently very select crop of high value ones.
A joined up global approach towards plastic packaging and recycling is the only way to turn the tide on plastic pollution.
Packaging may appear magical, but in a world where technology seems to change by the day, the fact that the most commonly used thermoformed packaging material has remained virtually constant for 25 years is a trick not many industries can match.
BREAKDOWN PET EXPLAINED
When talking about biodegradable plastics, it’s important to understand the definition of the biodegradation process. By definition, plastics that fragment or degrade through chemical reactions, ultraviolet radiation and / or mechanical processes are not biodegradable. They are simply degradable and in most cases leave toxins; heavy metals like cadmium, nickel and cobalt; and residues of the polymer in the environment.
Plastics are hydrocarbons that come from crude oil and are 100 per cent biodegradable thanks to oleo-physeal bacteria. However, in the process of distillation its original organic nutrients are burned. Additionally, manufactured plastic products are designed to be durable. All of which explains why traditional plastics take thousands of years for the microbes in them to decompose.
The organic additives used in Breakdown PET accelerate the biodegradation of treated plastics in microbe-rich environments. The material uses organic, carbon based ingredients that enable polymers to biodegrade like organic matter. Products made from Breakdown PET have an unlimited shelf-life and are completely non-toxic.
Breakdown PET actually attracts microbes to the product, where they colonise on its surface, and secrete acids that break down the polymer chain. Once the polymer chain is opened the microbes utilise the carbon backbone as a source of food and energy, and biodegradation occurs at the atomic level.
The difference between Breakdown PET and traditional plastic is that Breakdown PET creates an opportunity for microbes to utilise plastic as food and energy, which accelerates biodegradation. The end result of biodegraded Breakdown PET is the same as that of any biodegraded organic matter – humus, CO2 and CH4 that can be captured to produce clean, cheap energy.
Greenwashing - the art of creating positive press coverage for a business by making green claims that really can’t be substantiated. LVF Packaging MD, Nigel Coates takes to the soapbox to discuss an issue that is causing increasing levels of concern.Continue Reading
LVF Packaging has invested £600,000 in a Kiefel KMD 78 Speedformer – a move that will lead to the creation of three new jobs, increase manufacturing capacity by 25 per cent, and open up opportunities in new markets for the Leeds-based thermoformed packaging company.Continue Reading