Bunzl Distribution places a big focus on how they can reduce their environmental impact. The company has environmental programs in place, and they continue to review and seek to improve their performance in this area.
Bunzl focuses on sourcing and finding packaging alternatives their customers need to support their green efforts. Whether it’s foodservice packaging or green chemicals that have less of an environmental impact, Bunzl is your source.
These products fall into three major categories:
Corporately, Bunzl focuses on three areas to affect the environment in a positive way:
Working with our customers and vendors to reduce our mutual impact on the environment is an important Bunzl business goal. Collectively we can build a more sustainable future.
Bunzl is taking a proactive approach to sourcing environmentally friendly products for customers and will continue this business area further in the future. For example, we are working with a manufacturer to develop plastic bags from sustainable and renewable sources, such as the tapioca plant and sugar cane.
We also offer our Green Source™ product line of certified green towel, tissue and napkin products. Follow the link below to learn more!
Green Source Towels, Tissue & Napkins
Many customers are interested in reducing their environmental impact, but currently there is much confusion regarding the terms used to describe the different plastics available (i.e. biodegradable, compostable, degradable).
Biodegradable and Compostable
Biodegradable plastic will degrade as a result of bacterial activity under specific conditions. Compostable plastic, on the other hand, is biodegradable, but the degradation of the plastic has met certain specified standards (American standard ASTM#D6400-99) relating to the rate of biodegradation, maximum residue of material left at a specific point in time and a requirement for the material to have no harmful impact on the final compost or composting process.
Bunzl has a range of products made fully or partly from materials that have been recycled, including polyethylene bin liners, carrier bags and hygiene paper. Degradable bags made from recycled plastic are also available. Currently, recycled plastics are rarely used in food packaging because of food safety concerns.
Recyclable or Reusable
These products are made from material that can be recycled. Reusing plastic is preferable to recycling as it uses less energy and fewer resources. Bunzl can supply “Bags for Life” (e.g. more robust bags which can be made from a variety of materials that can be used more than once).