Green Initiatives and Alternative Packaging
Densinator Loading Bin
White logs are more desirable
Logs ready to be shipped
Scraps collected from other companies for recycling
Packaging Specialists Inc. SW continues a long tradition of caring about the environment while offering cost effective packaging solutions that are recyclable. We continue the process of trimming our Polyurethane scrap off of our die presses and routers in preparation for bundling and shipping to the carpet pad manufacturer for processing. Once received, the scrap is ground down and bonded into a unified block. The block is then cut into sheets or rolls and sold as the “foot friendly” aspect of laying down new carpet. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of material have avoided the landfill through this program with our polyurethane supplier.
In 2010, PSI obtained a Heavy Duty Foam Denominator. The scrap heads up a conveyor and into a chamber where it is ground down and heated up. The chamber forms an outer skin and the results are 40″ x 6″ x 6″ logs ready for deployment to recyclers around the country. These logs will get ground down farther into pellets where they will be molded into a vast array of products including bags, bottles, furniture, pinestraw and composite decking. PSI has saved over 400,000 lbs. of Polyethylene scrap a year from ending up in our landfills.
PSI Design teams continue to look into the future for cost effective materials that perform well and are safe for our environment. Many of our customers are asking us to design them out of “foam in place” materials that are not recyclable. Our teams accept the challenge using recyclable foams meeting all ROHS directives that contain no CFC‘s, HCFC‘s HFC‘s or BPH. We continue to look forward to challenging projects from “Clean Room” compliant to European acceptance. Our designers and engineers continue to research innovative ways to create environmental packaging solutions for our customers. We continue to research materials such as Soy foam, Canola foam, Bamboo and Pulp in hopes of locating new ways to manipulate packaging in a cost effective, environmentally safe way. We look forward to what Research and Development can bring us as we strive for competitive excellence while searching for the next great “Green” packaging idea.