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Enter the total number ID card holders your organisation use to see how you can reduce your emissions by getting your card holders, manufactured from recycled plastic in the UK from Card Dispenser UK.
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Bioplastics have specific needs to biodegrade, they require high temperature industrial composting facilities. THESE PLASTICS WILL NOT BIODEGRADE IN LANDFILL. Here, they are deprived of oxygen and start to produce methane gas. This is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Bioplastics absolutely have their place when the required infrastructure is established and it is guaranteed it will follow the required process.
We ALL have a responsibility to make what changes we can to reduce our carbon footprint.
As a manufacturer of ID Card Holders we have made these steps to support our customers and provide universities, colleges, large organisations, NHS, government & councils the opportunity to reduce their total carbon footprint emission when supplying ID badge or card holders for their staff.
Our friends (& very clever people) at Liverpool John Moores have looked into how WE can reduce our carbon footprint and put in place a method of being able to measure what positive impact we can have considering multiple variables.
The vast majority of card holders are known to be manufactured in China, known for their ability to provide high volumes at a low price using virgin plastics
"The production of virgin plastic results in abundant greenhouse emission. Plastics industry is largely dependent on crude oil. In the background of fossil fuel shortage, recycled plastic should be fully utilised to reduce crude oil consumption, instead of keeping consuming virgin plastic."
"Notably, due to the waste import bans of China government, the dispose of waste plastics has become an urgent environmental issue for western countries. However, this crisis is probably also an opportunity: instead of searching for alternative waste receivers, plastic recycling makes an excellent solution for the crisis. In addition, a thriving plastic recycling industry has social benefits to hopefully create job opportunities."
"Along with the rising of sustainable awareness, economical profit is no longer the only concern for responsible companies. The global warming issue has urged businesses in different areas to pay attention to their environmental impact, such as the carbon footprint emission."
"As China has issued waste import ban, recycled plastic should be fully utilised as much as possible to release the burden of waste management in the UK. "
"ID badge holders and lanyards are widely used in education, company, transport, government, event organisers and large organisations. Although badge holders and lanyards belong to small plastic products, their total quantity is a huge number. It is reported that there were 33.4 million people in the UK labour force in 2017.1 Thus it can roughly be estimated that at least 30 million pairs of badge holders and lanyards exist in the UK. Currently, most badge holders are imported from China or manufactured in the UK using Chinese plastic raw materials, because Chinese plastic exhibits great price competitiveness and China owns a mature plastic industrial system that meets the demand of customers globally. The production of virgin plastic largely depends on fossil resources, such as crude oil. It is worth noting that crude oil is about to deplete within 50 years2, pressing people to recycle the oil-derived products and materials as much as possible. Hence, the British plastic product manufacturer should utilise recycled plastic whenever possible, instead of keeping importing virgin plastic from China. More importantly, plastic recycling releases the burden of waste management in the UK caused by the waste import ban of the Chinese government. In 2016, the UK was exporting half a million tonnes of plastic to China and Hong Kong, accounting for almost two-thirds of all the UK’s plastic sent abroad.3 Thus, the chaos in the waste plastic treatment is imaginable under such circumstance. Looking for an alternative country seems an option to get rid of the UK’s plastic wastes, but this option has caused disasters for new waste importers. Malaysia has become a major waste receiver after Chinese waste import ban. Till now Malaysia has received much more waste than it can properly dispose of"
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