Sika Everbuild is increasing the sustainability of its packaging by using repurposed or recycled plastic across its core product range.
Saving more than 400 Tonnes of Virgin Plastic
Sika aims to reduce its use of virgin plastic by embarking on a roll-out of new, more sustainable packaging which it anticipates will save more than 400 tonnes of virgin plastic this year alone. The first phase focuses on some of Sika Everbuild’s most popular products, including its Stixall adhesive and Fastfix jointing compound, with a view to converting the packaging across more product ranges in due course. Customers will be able to easily identify the new packaging thanks to its dark grey colour.
Sika Everbuild has also invested heavily in the sourcing and testing of the new packaging to ensure that the storage, usability and performance of its products continue to meet the highest standards.
Sika Everbuild’s new packaging will be manufactured using a minimum content of 30 per cent post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic, and the manufacturer is continuing to develop its packaging solutions, working with suppliers to increase this percentage in the future. The PCR plastic used is specifically the high-density polyethylene plastic which is commonly found in many consumer goods such as milk, shampoo and water containers, as well as sewer, water and gas pipes. Where PCR plastic isn’t available due to rising global demand, Sika Everbuild has put plans in place to use post-industrial recycled (PIR) plastic if necessary.
Although not recycled, it would otherwise be sent to landfill and using PIR plastic as an alternative to virgin plastic reduces the company’s reliance on raw plastic. Having been rigorously tested at various stages of the manufacturing process, Sika Everbuild is confident that the new sustainable packaging is fit for purpose and will not compromise the performance or application of its products in any way. The extensive work carried out by Sika Everbuild’s in-house research and development department, as well as ‘stress tests’ conducted by its suppliers, ensures that the new packaging for its sealants and adhesives meets the requirements in terms of its stability, shelf-life, product performance, including application, airtightness and tolerance to pressure.