Sustainability has a clear and unique meaning: future.
It is a word that includes others which are often unclear. Recycling, upcycling, reusing, multi-purpose. Words and concepts which people often think have subjective interpretations rather than objective definitions. But it is not so. Take our word for it.
Focus on the environment
CARE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT WE LIVE IN AND ATTENTION TO THE EFFECTS GENERATED BY THE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES WE PURCHASE EVERY DAY REPRESENTS A SHARED RESPONSIBILITY OUR ACTIVITY CANNOT OVERLOOK.
The environmental awareness of Alcas translates not only into the strategic choices at the base of the constant evolution of our products, but is also carried out through the processes and activities planned within a shared and widespread environmental policy. The recovery and recycling of waste material, the reduction of packaging material to guarantee the least possible quantity of excess material, the complete recycling of paper and cardboard, energy saving by using state-of-the-art technologies, the use of digital catalogues and waste sorting inside the facilities are just some of the practical examples of what Alcas does to respect the environment.
All Alcas products continue their life cycle after being used. All our packaging can in fact be sorted, whether they can be recycled or not with the current technology. Packaging that can be recycled follow that specific path, the others are nonetheless destined for energy recovery. To help you in a correct management of their end of life phase, all our packaging features a label indicating how to sort the products after use.
The attention and responsibility of Alcas towards a sustainable approach aimed at minimising waste and the consumption of scarce resources is demonstrated first of all by the choice of developing processes of a circular economy through the recovery of processing waste, which is milled and sent to suppliers to be regenerated as a new raw material.
The same values of concern for the environment lie behind the decision to use raw materials containing recycled material (such as R-PET or R-EPS) resulting in products with a low environmental impact that, however, maintain quality, functionality and food safety standards unchanged.
The attention to sustainability does not just translate into recycling and correct sorting, as it is possible to prolong the life cycle of a product by giving it a second life.
This is upcycling, i.e. the creation of something new using something we already have but that we no longer need.
A small dose of creativity is enough to give value to a product that has completed its original function by bringing it back into the game with a new appearance and a renewed value.
PEOPLE OFTEN THINK LABELLING A PRODUCT AS REUSABLE IS ENOUGH FOR IT TO ACTUALLY BE REUSABLE.
In truth, it does not work exactly like that and the actual European regulation in force is very strict in defining the requirements for a product to be considered Reusable.
IN PARTICULAR, A REUSABLE PRODUCT MUST:
- Be suitable for repeated uses and washes,
- Be part of a circuit system that allows for a long life cycle whereby the product in question can be reused again and again for the purpose for which it was created.
This second one is the most binding point and an example could be useful to fully understand the regulation.
An empty jar of jam reused by the producer to be industrially re-filled with another jam can be defined as Reusable..
The same empty jar used at home to be filled with home-made jam cannot be defined as Reusable as the purpose for which it was created has changed.
THEREFORE, BEWARE OF AN IMPROPER USE OF WORDS, AS UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS THE CASE IN OUR SECTOR TOO.
Be careful about “Reusable”
For the past two years, as many will know, a European Directive has banned certain single-use plastic products from the market. These include cutlery and tableware.
To overcome this limitation, many manufacturers have started to offer, among other things, “reusable” Spoons, Spades and Straws.
In this way, some of them believe they can get around the legislation prohibiting the marketing of single-use products but, as we have seen, are we sure labelling as reusable products that are almost identical to those that were clearly single-use before is enough to be able to sell these products without running into problems?
AND ARE WE SURE ICE-CREAM SPADES CAN ALL BE COLLECTED, SANITISED AND REUSED ONLY INSIDE THE PARLOUR?
Download our brochure and find out all the issues for ice-cream makers and final consumers linked to the introduction of Multi-use Spades, Spoons and Straws.
Compostability, which concerns the end-of-life phase of a product, is the ability of an organic material to be organically recycled together with organic waste turning it into compost, which is rich in nutritional substances useful for cultivation and, as such, can be used as a natural fertiliser in agriculture.
According to European legislation, for a product to be defined as “compostable”, it must be entirely decomposed over only 3 months.
The compostability of our products is guaranteed by the TUV AUSTRIA-OK COMPOST, CIC and DIN CERTCO marks and certifications, thus guaranteeing the strict requirements set out by standard UNI EN 13432.
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