The team at Medica Packaging are committed to ensuring they work in an environmentally friendly manner. This culture is shown in everything we do and every product we create.
Medica Packaging hold the packaging industry’s most prestigious standards and certifications. This proves that we don’t just say we are environmentally friendly, we actually are! We ensure to go above and beyond to make sure our business lives and breathes sustainability.
As a starter, we need to ensure environmentally friendly packaging raw or recycled materials are used. But it doesn’t just stop there, the team at Medica Packaging take their commitment to sustainability to another level as it takes much more to create truly environmentally friendly packaging solutions.
Certificates Medica Packaging hold:
The FSC Certification (Forest Stewardship Council) – this certification ensures that our products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.
PEFC/16-33-1905 Certification (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) – we promote sustainable forest management and is the certification that most small forest owners prefer.
ISO 14001 – we have implemented and maintain an environmental management system that we use to enhance our environmental performance
BPIF (The British Printing Industries Federation) – provides support and accreditations for UK businesses within the printing industry.
PS 9000:2016 – Pharmaceutical Packaging Materials
Recycling happens when a product has completed its original function and is reused to convert it into useful new material.
When folding cartons are discarded after use, they become part of the packaging waste system. They can be recycled by reprocessing whereby the fibres are separated. The recovered fibre is then used to make carton board or another paper or board product. Alternatively, they can either be composted, a process also known as “organic recycling”, or their energy content can be recovered in an energy-from-waste incinerator.
Recovered fibre, including fibre from recovered paper and board packaging, contributes nearly 50% of the total fibre used in the paper and board industry worldwide. The amount of recovered fibre used is around 150 million tonnes per annum.
The number of times a fibre can be recycled depends on the original virgin fibre, its initial processing and use, and the uses of the resulting paper or board products. Laboratory research has suggested that fibres can be recycled between 5 and 7 times.
As part of the BPIF Cartons TICCIT programme (trees into cartons, cartons into trees), Medica was delighted to be part of the project which involves going into schools and talking children through the cycle of sourcing sustainable board to produce cartons and how biodegradable cartons then blend back into the earth.