Economic efficiency that benefits the environment
Economic efficiency that benefits the environment. For us, as for all plastics processing businesses, the recycling of residual plastics is something we take for granted. This means that all lead frames from thermoforming and all offcuts from foil production are ground up and returned directly to the production cycle for processing. We place special emphasis on compliance with quality guidelines.
The cooperative approach to optimization that we take with our customers has enabled us to reduce packaging weights and foil thicknesses in recent years, thus saving precious resources. In the future too we will continue to analyse more options together with our customers.
Reduction of the carbon footprint by almost 80%
A large proportion of Fernholz products are made from PET. The consistent use of recycled PET made it possible to reduce the carbon footprint in these products by almost 80%. For this purpose, Fernholz invested in a high-performance, state-of-the-art decontamination facility which elaborately cleans and prepares the recycled PET for use in production. After this process, the material exceeds all requirements for packaging with direct food contact – in fact it is even better than new material.
So this process not only helps significantly reduce CO2 emissions, it also saves resources and therefore reflects greater environmental awareness.
Quelle: VISCO NEWS, Ausgabe 09, Oktober 2017.
Our NFM (natural filled material) containers consist of up to 50% talcum, a natural and versatile raw material that is economical and freely available locally. This enables us to reduce the proportion of fossil raw materials in a standard container by up to 50% and also means that we use less energy in production. The talcum is degraded in Northern Europe and added to polypropylene. This improves CO2 emissions compared to containers made solely from polypropylene.
We also recycle neutral and decorated scrap products. The material is dyed and then processed on our premises to produce non-food articles such as horticultural trays. The lead frames that result from the production of contained and trays are returned to the processing cycle. Scrap material, consisting of soiled or already decorated packaging, is processed to produce horticultural trays. A separate local production area is available for this purpose and plastic trays for horticultural use are produced there.