How do I Recycle my Packaging?
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We take our responsibility seriously not only to our customers but also to the global community at large.
That’s why we’re dedicated to progress; both in terms of our products and the design and manufacturing processes. We strive to create products that provide the greatest benefit to you at the smallest cost to the environment.
Materials Used in Intelsius Packaging Solutions: A Simple Guide
We understand how important reducing your environmental impact is to you, which is why we consider the ecological impact of all materials used when creating our packaging solutions at every stage of the design process. For all products, we attempt to balance high performance, environmental impact and cost to you. We also offer a portfolio of multi-use solutions and refurbishment options to increase the lifespan of our products, utilising the materials more effectively.
For our single-use packaging solutions, recycling is critical to ensure the environmental product footprint is minimised. The guide below provides an assessment of what materials we use and why we use them.
Please seek advice from your local authority for your specific local recycling guidelines, as processes and criteria for recycling can change from region to region and country to country.
|Material||Products used in||Why we use it||Can I recycle it?|
|Cardboard||BioShield, ORCA Single-Use, BioTherm, PharmaTherm, PathoPak||Sustainable source and cheap for single use shipments.||Yes. Check with your local authority.|
|HDPE - high density polyethylene||ORCA Multi-Use, Connect, PharmaChill||Lightweight material. Watertight. Easily cleaned for reuse. Able to withstand repeated freeze/ thaw cycles.||Yes. Check with your local authority.|
|PP - Polypropylene||PathoPak, Spoons, BioTherm handles, ORCA VIP Liner and encapsulation||Lightweight material. Water resistant and watertight. Able to pass 95 kPa pressure test. Easily cleaned for reuse, can be autoclaved.||Yes. Check with your local authority.|
|LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene)||PathoSeal and gripseal bags||We use this because it is flexible, transparent, and leakproof/waterproof.||Yes. Check with your local authority.|
|EPS (expanded polystyrene)||BioFreeze, BioTherm, BioTherm Extreme, PharmaTherm, ThermoTrek||Light and good insulator. Cheap to ship and cheap to produce.||Yes. EPS can be recycled but it would have to be machine compacted first. A specialist waste stream is required.|
|Correx (polypropylene)||ORCA Multi-Use, ORCA Connect||Lightweight material. Water resistant. Easily cleaned for reuse.||Yes. See PP - polypropylene.|
|VIP (Vacuum Insulation Panel)||All ORCA systems||Excellent thermal properties (low thermal conductance) make it a good insulator.||Yes, but only if sent back to the manufacturer.|
|Aluminumized PVC (polyvinyl chloride)||All ORCA systems||Strength and durability.||No. To be disposed of in household waste/landfill.|
|EPDM (synthetic rubber)||ORCA Multi-Use||Rubber bung to close PCM bottle.||Yes. Check with your local authority.|
|PVC||ORCA Multi-Use||Flexible cap to protect hard cap underneath from damage.||No. To be disposed of in household waste/landfill.|
|Acrylic Fibres||Absorbent Material||Absorbent properties.||No. To be disposed of in household waste/landfill.|
|Cellulose Fibres||Absorbent Bays||Absorbent properties||No, but can be composted. Check with your local authority.|
|PharmaChill gel||PharmaChills||Coolant (water-based PCM).||No. Nontoxic so can be easily disposed of.|
|Aluminium||Biocarrier||Aluminium is used to help conduct heat so that the temperature inside the box is stabilised.||Yes. Check with your local authority.|
|EPP (Expanded Polypropylene||Biocarrier||Provides insulation.||Yes, but only after compacting. See EPS.|
|Polyurethane foam||BioChill foam in BT30 (VLA034)||Has excellent resistance to water and humidity, and is therefore ideal for water and air filtration.||Yes, but needs to be sent to a factory.|
|PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)||Vacuette 6ml tubes||High strength to weight ratio. It is water resistant and see-through.||Yes. It is the most widely recycled plastic.|
|ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)||Biocarrier||Impact resistant, water resistant, and light weight.||Yes. Check with your local authority.|
|PCM (Phase Change Material)||All ORCA systems||Great properties to store and release thermal energy.||No. To be disposed of in household waste/landfill.|
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