Blow Molding Machine’s Complete Guide

Blow Molding Machine’s Complete Guide

Blow molding machine’s complete guide

The plastic bottle machine’s market grows by the fast step. If the plastic bottle manufacturer and thermos manufacturer’s quantity in the market, chooses the correct manufacturer is difficult. The blow molding machine is melts the plastic and forms its universal process to enter forms or parison in advance.

Moreover, if your not familiar blow molding’s concept choice correct blow moulding machine is also an arduous work. The blow molding is the process of manufacture which uses in by the thermoplastic is caused the hollow object. Also has the plastic note to mold the molding machine and the pet may use the injection moulding machine.

Will have some points which will remember, when choice pet execution and injection molding machine. It has pushes the discharge head including the extruder. It should have at least a closing value unit. Two closing value’s units compared to welcome are more. Looked for certain specifications and the main feature. For example, should be suitable becomes by the steeliness with through the nitration processing barrel and the screw.

Inspection mold plate, dead end and hydraulic gear. You should be able to achieve the optimum performance expense ratio. The definite blow molding machines production capacity may be high. , The diameter and the capacity are other aspects which highly guards against.

The pet formed the bottle possibly also to find in advance in the competitive price. They may for many application uses. They may for the carbonic acid chemical combination drink, the alcoholic beverage, the liquid detergent, the bodily lotion, the dispensing, the cosmetic and individual care use. The pet bottle blow molding operation’s quality main dependence pet forms in advance.

The plastic is one kind of non-metallic compound. It may enter by the casting the different form. It may harden for individual and the commercial use. The plastic modelling product likes the plastic tube, the toy, the bottle, the kitchen utensil, protects the cap, and the jar is commonly used. The plastic modelling involves some processes. Causes the different process which one involve familiar is important. The correct process is suits your budget, the resources and skill that. The blow molding and the note mold are the plastic modelling integral parts. The note molds the involvement force melting plastic to enter the cavity. Once cool, may remove the mold. It is commonly used in the prototype or the product mass productions. The blow molding also similar plastic note molds. The only difference is the hot liquid plastic pours out outside the barrel is vertical in a dissolved tube. Blow molding product including bottle, vessel and tube.

Thermoforming is other plastic modelling process.

If chooses many and varied in the market, the comprehensive study needs to complete to choose your application correct blow molding machine and the equipment. Guaranteed that you choose tally possess your application procedure request quality products and the service machine from the OEM/ODM manufacturer.

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Cosmetic changes in labelling

Cosmetic changes in labelling

Cosmetics/toiletry labelling is arguably one of the industry’s most interesting and challenging sectors. Its special needs have established the combination press and given us the ‘no-label look’ using the latest advances in filmic technology.

Quality and originality are central to the image-conscious cosmetics/toiletries sector. Production commonly involves six or more colours using a mix of mainstream processes and a wide choice of materials. Technically, but also commercially, this business has become much more specialised in recent years. And while accounting for just 5-6 per cent by volume of all self adhesive conversion, it has nevertheless prompted many of the industry’s innovations.

Annual volume growth is 8-10 per cent, which is generally higher than that of the food or pharmaceutical sectors. Labels & Labelling Consultancy also reports that growth is nearer 15 per cent in such markets as men’s toiletries and hair-care products. Annual growth by value is higher at 10 per cent. The total Western European market size for this sector is estimated at around £180 million, but is expected to reach nearer £300 million during the next three or four years.

Of course, self adhesive label converters do not have it all to themselves. Shrink sleeves, film wraps and some in-mould labels are also used with good effect for mass-market toiletry products. In this area, packaging managers also specify huge volumes of metal and plastics containers using one or more direct printing techniques.

Generally, a higher-than-average added value input contributes to the sector’s reputation for earning good profits. But they are well earned. Converters must work closely with their customers, perhaps sourcing materials and carrying out trials to determine printability, compatibility with a container and dispensing properties. Ideally, discussions should start at the idea stage, or at least before repro work begins.

Close collaboration with trade suppliers, including press manufacturers, to iron out likely production problems is essential. Even worse is being asked to hold large stocks of pre-printed labels for call-off, only to see a sudden change in branding requirements during the job’s history. This may involve an unrecoverable loss of revenue, again upholding the general ruthlessness that cosmetics/toiletry packaging buyers have towards all their suppliers.

This sector generally remains competitive, particularly at the mass-market end where the technical price of entry is lower. Here, the intense battles for market shares among manufacturers include retailers’ own-brand products. Label pricing levels are more of an issue, but are less intense than in the food/drinks and general supermarket sectors. The pressure on turning jobs around quickly remains: as elsewhere the accent is on smaller run lengths and just-in-time deliveries. Flexibility is also important in serving a business geared increasingly to seasonal demands and international marketing promotions.

Not surprisingly, converters need specialised expertise and shopfloor skills to produce labels for up-market products. That means investing in up-to date equipment, which tends to favour the larger organisations. Field Packaging Nottingham exemplifies how some companies play for high stakes. It bought the Boots Company’s in-house facility in 1993 and later built a modern factory to produce cartons and labels to ISO 9002 standard. Its equipment is no less state-of-the-art: A Gallus R300 combination press, Aquaflex UV flexo press and a nine-unit version of Nilpeter’s new B200 letterpress/UV flexo machine.

Gary Yates, production manager, confirms the pressure of serving an increasingly competitive market: ‘With delivery times now measured in days, we are having to push our presses to extremes. Shorter runs means we convert 1.7 reels for average jobs. We have also noticed a strong increase in the ‘no-label look’ as an extension of the higher quality standards buyers now expect. Filmics now account for some 80 per cent of our volume and lately we have included multi-layer engineered substrates.

Market profile
As the crowded cosmetic/toiletry shelves of any individual store or supermarket confirm, this market supports hundreds of different products. Strong competition means manufacturers spend fortunes on promoting often high-priced brands to attract sophisticated and fickle consumers. It is a fast-changing industry, with new product launches, new packaging for old products and price pressures that create a tendency towards economy of scale. Where famous brands remain unchanged, presentation becomes even more crucial, with consequent pressures on all aspects of packaging. The pack and labelling must work hard to seduce customers and promote a brand’s carefully nurtured image in well-defined market segments.

It obviously works. Even during recessions, consumers still search for the feel-good factor – however illusionary – by buying expensive fragrances and cosmetics, and also more day-to-day products. France spends over three times as much on perfumes and fragrances and twice as much on cosmetics/toiletries as Germany, Italy and the UK combined. It is no accident that, as in Italy, the top fashion houses now earn more from own-brand fragrances than selling high-ticket garments to a dwindling clientele. French converters therefore figure prominently in this market, although many mass-market products sold in France by global players would have their labels printed elsewhere.

Naturally, fashion and beauty fads play a part, hence the so-called ‘essential’ and ‘natural’ products. The latest skin creams, facial scrubs, lotions and moisturisers reflect a more fashionable minimalist look for make-up throughout much of the developed world. Changing social attitudes and generally higher disposable incomes also reflect more self-indulgence among both sexes in the use of up-market fragrances and toiletries.

End-use markets by value looks something like this, although market shares may vary between different European countries.

A handful of global groups and independents with enormous buying power and clout dominate the business, notably Proctor & Gamble, L’Oreal, Coty, Elida-Gibbs, Gillette, Johnson & Johnson, Avon, max Factor and Rewlon, added to which are the traditional French fragrance houses of varying size and influence, while supermarket groups work with repackagers to create their own brands.

Franchise organisations like the Body Shop add further diversity. It pioneered selling organically-based products with minimal packaging, including recyclable plastic bottles, which other organisations later adopted. Incidentally, founder Anita Roddick once said: ‘The main products of the cosmetics industry are packaging, garbage and waste. The Body Shop chooses to go in the opposite direction.’

Plastics everywhere
The cosmetic/toiletries industry is now a particularly large user of thermo-formed, injected, extruded or blow-moulded rigid plastics containers. Labelling plastics containers is usually trouble free, but sometimes manufacturers apply too much silicone – used to aid the removal of plastic containers from the mould – it is not always apparent and can lead to edge lifting and reduced adhesive efficiency.

High-density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP) and polyester (PET) can produce practically any desired shape, with the added benefit of lightness in weight. Keith Barnes, packaging innovations manager for Boots, confirms that PVC remains in use (with PVC labels), despite its perceived reputation as being a pollutant by the green lobby in Northern Europe. They would approve, however, of PET’s elevation into mainstream packaging – even for mineral water –due to cheaper polymer prices and rising manufacturing capacity. With its inherent lightness, strength, recyclability and clarity, PET is an ideal packaging material, even for premium products. However, glass remains the prime choice for all luxury fragrances and many skin-care products.

Plastics and their recyclability are topical issues, as is filmic labelling and substrate compatibility. It sounds fine in practice, but the practicalities of waste recovery in the packaging chain and the position on meeting EU directives remain as confusing as ever. As it is, packaging plastics have inherent recycling and recovery problems compared with other materials. For example, polyethylene (PE) absorbs most substances, which limits usage to downstream industrial applications as a recyclate: it is not suitable for food, health and beauty products.

However, plastic container manufacturing is now a huge global industry and has spawned many ancillary technologies. One is in-mould labelling (IML), where the paper, filmic or synthetic-paper label integrates with the container’s surface. Boosted by the growth of plastics packaging, IML offers benefits of economies and performance at the long-run end. This applies more to fast-moving dairy products, such as low-fat spreads, and domestic and industrial cleaners. Even with mass-market toiletries, the proliferation of pack sizes for each brand tends to rule out more general usage.

Incidentally, in Europe, growth has come from injection-moulded pots and tubs and more recently with the thermo-forming process. Blow-moulded containers are more popular in North America. Many hair-care products are packaged this way, often using the latest ultra-thin OPP films made for this purpose.

Shrink-sleeving and film wraps have much wider usage in this sector. Fuji Seal, Sleever International, Engraph/Sonoco, LMG Superior Packaging and Topflight Corporation are among those producing sleeves and wraps as an alternate primary decorative method for toiletries and cosmetics in various containers.

Shrink sleeves also offer tamper-evidence features, using tear strips and perforations across and along the sleeve. Integrated holograms can add an additional anti-counterfeiting role, as they do in self-adhesive labellingfor protecting certain high-value products. Sleeves also allow end-users to band together variable-size products, such as trial offers of shampoos. As with filmic labelling, the surface offers high scuff and moisture resistance. An added protective feature comes from printing the image in reverse behind the film’s surface: to a full 360-degrees and topto-bottom if needed. Once dominated by pre-stretched PVC, materials like OPP, PET and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) are now available in a variety of surface finishes.

Recent innovations include Sleever’s Seelpack BRI, a double or mono construction featuring a patented peelable coupon for money-off discounts, while retaining pack integrity. Equally unique – in a sleeving sense – is its NotiSleeve, which combines a paper reclosable leaflet of up to nine pages for extra product information or instructions. Sleevers also developed an oriented polystyrene shrink sleeve for a L’Oreal hairspray aerosol made from transparent PET. The sleeve acts as a UV barrier and carries striking all-round graphics on a metallic-looking container.

Direct printing of glass bottles and jars, metal boxes and aerosols and plastic tubes is the major alternative to self adhesive labelling for mass-market toiletries. Obviously run lengths must be long enough to justify the expense and storage logistics of maintaining a steady supply of containers at the filling point. Printing is typically by screen process, hot-foil or offset-litho, depending on the material, and often to high quality standards. Interestingly, the British Aerosol Manufacturers Association reports that production rose 16 per cent last year to 1.24 billion units. Personal and hair care products were among the fastest growing categories. ‘European production outstrips that of the USA and the UK now dominates Europe,’ said the BAMA’s director.

Material factors
As noted earlier, the special needs of this sector means that filmics have replaced paper facestocks in many instances. Paper’s lower costs still makes it the favourite for many mass-market applications, especially healthcare products in glass containers. Most grades are premium-quality wood-frees, invariably off-machine coated to give gloss or matt effects. Cast-coated grades give higher-quality results. They may also be over-laminated or UV varnished for extra gloss and added protection in cases where the contents could stain the label or remove the printed image. Paper labels affixed to a clear container are sometimes delaminated for printing extra information on the reverse side.

Although the paper/filmic price ratio has narrowed in recent years, performance characteristics over-ride cost considerations in this sector. Filmic benefits include durability, moisture resistance and finished ranging from ultra-clear to metallised to achieve many decorative effects. The ‘no-label look’, which emphasises the pack’s graphics, is now considered as a cost-effective alternative to direct decoration.

As elsewhere, PE and PP made from high-yield polyolefins lead filmic growth. Derived from hydrocarbons, they are recyclable with other polyolefin containers. PET’s higher-cost resins produce label films with good strength, dimensional stability and exceptional clarity. Polystyrene (PS) has a small share of the cosmetics/toiletries market, including in-mould labels. As mentioned earlier, PVC’s chlorine-base manufacture has largely marginalized this material for environmental reasons, although it clings on. It retains wide usage for industrial labelling and exterior signage applications.

Technically, the traditional blown film extrusion process associated with PE has given way to the cast co-extruded multi-layer process for both PE and PP filmics. Blown and cast films are increasingly biaxially-oriented. This stretching process provides stiffness in the machine direction, resulting in improved clarity, printability anddispensing. Stretching in the cross direction improves squeezability characteristics. Biaxially-oriented polypropylene (BOPP) is a common example.

Multiple layers
Engineered films take the co-extrusion process a stage further to produce multiple layers (usually three) of dissimilar PE or PP-based polyolefins. They allow specific properties, such as good anchorage to an adhesive and good ink receptivity. This opens customising options using matt, gloss, transparent, textured or opaque finishes, even anti-counterfeiting and tamper-evident features including micro-taggants. Early examples includeAvery Dennison’s FasClear, a matt clear film for opaque and pearlescent plastic containers, and the matt white Primax version. This type of product resists creasing or wrinkling on squeezable containers.

A cost-cutting development is simply to ‘downguage’ the facestock to produce a thinner film. We have seen 120-micron PE give way to 100-micron PE film, which with an emulsion adhesive is often used for labelling squeezable plastic bottles. Companies like Avery Dennison, Jackstädt, Raflatac and Ritrama have now introduced 80-micron products. They retain the same characteristics, but with a less visible edge than higher calliper films. Thinner films of all types also means longer reels to help reduce changeover times.

Another filmic development is to substitute glassine and super-calendered kraft liners with siliconised filmic liners. Advantages include transparency, fibre-free smoothness, dimensional stability and good strength for high-speed printing and dispensing. Of course, non-paper liners cost more, and heat stability can be a problem on some presses. 

Combining a PET facestock with a PET liner offers the ultimate clear-on-clear laminate for luxury labelling. A cheaper solution is to combine a top-coated PP facestock with a PET release liner. Now we are seeing even lower-priced alternatives that derive from a new generation of BOPP films for liners.

For example, Jackstädt now offers its highly transparent top-coated Ultraclear (PP/PET) with a lower-priced alternative to PP liner. The laminate includes an acrylic-based permanent adhesive. MACtac also highlights clear-on-clear labelling with the PET/PET and PP/PET Medallist range, which now includes Medaclear, a PP/PP laminate with emulsion adhesive for medium-range products with fewer demands.

Besides PP and PE with paper or film liners, Tagsa has begun producing for this sector a synthetic paper-based PET in white or clear called Crispan. It also supplies a PET/PET, claimed to give exceptional clarity and manufactured in Japan by Lintec Corporation to ‘NASA standard clean-room conditions’.

As to printing processes, this sector led the development of UV-equipped combination presses, primarily by Nilpeter, Gallus and Comco. Many European converters of small-run cosmetic/toiletry labels still rely on flatbed/semi-rotary and rotary UV letterpress machines, augmented with over-laminating, embossing, hot-foiling and varnishing. However, the true specialists invariably benefit from the quality and flexibility expected from today’s combination presses. These variously include conventional flexo, rotary screen, rotary letterpress and more recently UV flexo and offset.

With a high filmic usage and the need for bold graphics, ink capacity is a major deciding factor. It opened the way for UV rotary screen because it delivers dense and glossy solids – including solid white backgrounds – while reproducing fine-line work. Hot-foil stamping with its rich metallic effects is also used widely, either as a secondary in-line process or as a dedicated printing machine. (Metallised filmics achieve nearly the same results and are more cost effective for small areas. Printing yellow on a standard silver finish to obtain a gold effect is a common procedure.)

On-line variable data printing on label presses is possible using digital print engines for bar codes and batch codes for product traceability. However, as happens with pharmaceutical labelling, most end-users have adopted ink jet printing. An alternate solution is to handle this process at the off-line inspection stage, using the latest high-speed machines.

To sum up, the cosmetics/toiletries sector offers much potential for profitable growth. While any adequately-equipped converter could produce the more standard products, serving the higher end of the market needs the willingness to specialise and invest heavily in all aspects of their production. Accreditation to ISO 9002 and quality assurance schemes is often essential. Price is not generally the most important criteria, but technical knowledge, creativity, service and consistent quality of the printed results are particularly important. Day-by-day access to efficient origination and platemaking systems is vitally important (This is one labelling area that would particularly benefit from any future affordable computer-to-plate developments.)

Consequently, it is becoming harder for companies to enter this sector in a meaningful way. As with pharmaceutical labelling, the global branding initiatives of the major manufacturers dictate the market’s pattern. Nowadays, they rely on just a few strategically-placed suppliers for all their packaging needs, rather than a larger pool of regional suppliers. Despite a declining supplier base, however, there will always be niche markets open to those who can rise to the challenges.

Future developments will help. For example, the usage of digital colour printing for extra short runs and trial runs for regional marketing campaigns. This is already possible on the Nilpeter/Xeikon DC-3300 and the six-colour Indigo Omnius, with its Gallus and Comco print/finishing derivatives.

Many other interesting developments are in the pipeline. They include the DAS linerless label, UV-curable adhesives and printable ‘liquid paper’ (see the adhesives and coatings conference report in this issue). If press manufacturers perceive a market for it, the idea of a fully-integrated labelstock and print production machine is not too fanciful – as opposed to retro-fit coating modules – given recent progress in these areas. It is also highly likely the first label products produced this way will sell something that smells, in the nicest possible way of course.

Cri Davies is marketing manager for Etiquette Labels – UK Independent Experts in Labels, Label Printing, and Label Printing Solutions. For more information visit the Etiquette Network

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Choose For Your Plastic Bottles Requires The Right Blow Molding Machine

Choose For Your Plastic Bottles Requires The Right Blow Molding Machine

Choose for your plastic bottles requires the right blow molding machine

Blow molding machine – choose for your plastic bottles need the right equipment, blow molding is a manufacturing blow molding machine has been playing a leading role in machine industry.process from thermoplastics for the production of hollow objects.

Two kinds of machines used in a variety of plastic injection molding machine and blowing machine. Choosing the right rapid prototyping machine is the first one introduced in last year’s century.tough the task early 90s entering the country, if you are not familiar with the concept of blow.

Business owners, such as beauty shop owner, pharmaceutical manufacturers and others need to make in their daily lives on the plastic bottles and standerd blow molding machines. In view of China blowing machine plastic injection molding equipment, and large market within the framework of choice, it becomes very difficult decision from the correct equipment manufacturer’s rights. There are options that can be inscribed in the secret of injection molding machines and blowing machines. It includes an extruder with an extrusion head. It should have a minimum unit closing. Two closing units very welcome. Query specifications and main features. For example, the barrel, so the ideal screw should be set up steel and nitrification. Extrusion machine structure should be automatically adjusted. PET preform is a relatively small part of the jump for the purpose of the development and sale of polyester products are heat formed into a plastic bottle blow molding. PET bottle embryo is usually available in different shapes and sizes. We will provide high-quality ball you, please feel free to contact us.making from the PET plastic bottle high speed blow molding machine heated preform to hire. The resulting plastic bottles will be used for various applications, as well as carbonated beverages, alcoholic beverages, liquid detergent, body lotion, prescription drugs, cosmetics and personal care. Plastic may be non-metallic compounds. It can be molded into different forms. Such as plastic pipes, toys, baby bottles, kitchen utensils, protective caps, cans commonly used plastic molding products. Plastic molding process involves several. It is important to understand the various processes involved in self. Injection and blow molding the way, is an integral part of plastic molding. The former involves forcing a mold, which is melting the plastic, the product, we can provide you with complete ceramic films, you can make your kitchen clean.shape reverse. Once cooled, the mold can be removed. This is a common prototype or large-scale production elements from the choice of bottle caps, furniture, other than the entire vehicle body panels. The latter is the same injection molding. Output products embrace plastic bottles, containers and pipelines. High-quality molding machine to ensure your ultimate plastic standards.

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How to Shop for a Blender

How to Shop for a Blender

Every kitchen should not be without a blender.  The number of ways you can use a blender is only limited to your imagination and creativity.  You really need this appliance so you can unlock all of your potential in the kitchen.  With a blender you can make a zesty salsa for your home made tacos, you can whip up a refreshing fruit smoothie for the kids, or while having an evening with your significant other you can blend up some icy adult beverages.  From peanut butter, to pizza sauce, to protein health drinks, the possibilities for using a blender are almost limitless.  Besides the traditional blender, you can get more from if you also have a food processor, a hand immersion blender, or a bowl mixer.

Now, when shopping for a blender the first thing you need to consider is looking for high quality components.  You must be certain and identify what the fabrication materials are for the motor and the gears.  If the blender is not made from solid components they will start to wear down and you will end up having to replace them.  Believe me, it is much better to spend a little more money upfront and buy a good blender that will give you many years of enjoyable service.  While lesser expensive blenders may feel good when you purchase, you will soon regret your decision as it is more than likely to break within a few years.

You really need to pay special attention to what type of warranty is being offering when you shop for your blender.  The sign of a high quality product is if the manufacturer is wiling to offer a multi year replacement warranty.  If you see a product that offers a very short warranty you want to think twice before purchasing.  This usually means this type of blender is not one that is designed to give you years of service, and may very well break down in a matter of months.  It is advisable to avoid any blender that offers a warranty of less than one year.  So, you want to for sure keep this in mind when you are shopping for your brand new blender

Many people tend to forget about how much power a blender puts outs when they shop for one.  You really want to look for a blender that offers the highest amount of power that you can afford.  If you are making something peanut butter, or a crushed ice type of drink, the blades can very easily lock up.  If this happens, it can cause your motor to burn up and you will end up having to buy a new blender.  Typically, blender motors come with a power range of between 250 and 1800 watts.  Of course, the higher the wattage the more expensive the blender, but if you can, go ahead and buy the most powerful blender possible. You will not regret this later, as the higher output motors are usually a higher quality and will provide you with many years happy blending.  One motor feature than is really useful is the speed pulse.  This will give short burst of power, which is very effective in preventing the motor from seizing.  You absolutely want a motor that has a high range of speeds, as this is a must.

One item to pay close attention to when purchasing your new blender is the jar.  This component is almost always made of either metal, glass, or plastic.  Each type has its benefits and of course its drawbacks.  Metal will never dent, but you can’t see what is being blended, and it has a tendency to dent.  Glass is wonderful because you can watch what is happening, and it can be cleaned easily, but it can shatter if dropped on a hard floor.  Plastic is less expensive and lighter, but it can haze or time and also it is susceptible to scratching.  What type of jar should you be looking for?  Well, as far as I am concerned the highest quality blenders are equipped with thick glass jars.  This is usually a specially treated glass that resists cracking, and has good impact resistance properties.  I would also consider a metal jar, if it is made from Stainless steel, but avoid Aluminum at all costs.  You can go with a plastic jar if you are economy minded, but for I would avoid these if possible.

It is critical that you find the exact Cuisinart blender parts to meet your needs.

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Recycling 101

Recycling 101

Reduce, Reuse, And Recycle. We hear and see those words everywhere lately. Why is recycling so important? Recycling prohibits materials from being wasted by reprocessing them into new products. The average American produces 4.5 pounds of trash each day. Our landfills are overloaded; currently it takes an area the size of Ohio to dump all of our waste each year. If everyone in this country would just separate the paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum items from their trash and recycled them, we could reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills by 75%. Recycling is the most significant task we can integrate into our daily routines.

Alright, we’ve established how important recycling is to our planet. Where do we go from here? The first thing is to get in contact with your local recycling center. They can supply you with information on what kinds of materials are accepted in your area. Not all materials are recycled in all areas. Some municipals offer curb side service, while in other areas you will have to transport the recyclables yourself.

Next, you will need to acquire some recycling bins. You don’t absolutely have to have fancy recycling bins, any washable plastic container or trash can will do. Cardboard boxes work great and they are recyclable as well. Label bins with accepted items and special instructions to insure all contents will be properly recycled. The number of bins needed will be determined by the number of different materials to be collected.

Now you need to decide exactly what materials you want to start recycling. It’s probably best to start with the top four: paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum.

Let’s start with paper, which almost all types can be recycled. The highest grade of recyclable paper is white office paper. To be included in this category the paper has to be clean white sheets usually from printers and copiers. Other sub-categories of paper include: newspaper, phonebooks, corrugated cardboard and mixed paper. Mixed paper is all types of paper not previously covered including: magazines, packaging, contaminated white paper, and even envelopes with plastic windows.

Plastic comes in many different forms and is made largely from synthetic material, which is composed mostly of petroleum. With the proper knowledge a large number of plastics can be recycled. Knowing what types of plastics to collect is somewhat confusing. Plastics are marked with a variety of codes and the ones that are collected depend on your local recycling center. Even though it is more difficult, please don’t give up on plastic.

Everyday more than 12 million glass bottles and jars are recycled in America. Most soda bottles, food containers, beer, wine, and liquor bottles, and juice containers can be recycled. Throw out any mixed color and broken glass, as well as ceramics, it can contaminate the recycling process. Make sure all collected glass is rinsed clean.

Aluminum cans are the premier example of a recyclable waste. Recycling aluminum requires less than 5% of the energy originally used to make it. Make sure the cans you are collecting are aluminum, most aluminum is clearly marked. Smashing the cans is not required but does save space. By recycling just one aluminum can, we save enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning about three and a half hours.

Reducing consumption, Reusing what can’t be reduced, and RECYCLING what can’t be reused may go against the norms of a consumer based society, but it can fit right in with the life of an individual seeking to achieve green living. For more information on environmental issues and alternative solutions visit

GreenPlanetz provides environmental information on relevant issues and alternative solutions. We also provide organic cotton clothing and reusable tote bags.

The UK produces more than 434 million tonnes of rubbish every year, but over 60% of this can be recycled. Recycling is not complicated simply sort your recyclables into the correct bin, bag or basket. This prevents them from getting sent to landfills with other rubbish, and allows them to get remade into many useful products. Every item recycled makes a difference! All the information you need to recycle in Westminster is on this website. If you still have questions though, call us on 020 7641 2000 or contact the recycling team How do I recycle? How you recycle in Westminster depends on what kind of property you live in. Some areas have a doorstep service and some have large communal recycling bins. Doorstep recycling: Westminster’s doorstep service collects recycling from your door once a week. You just need to collect all your recycling in you recycling bag or basket and leave it out for collection on the right day. Click here to find out if you have a doorstep service and when your collection is. If you need more information or you need a new basket or more disposable blue bags call us on: 020 7641 2000. What can I recycle? You can recycle all of the following items: Newspapers Magazines Junk mail including those with window envelopes! White and yellow telephone directories Flattened cardboard Computer paper All types and colours of glass bottles, but please remove the lids All types and colours of glass jars, but please remove the lids Drink cans Food cans Aerosol
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Vista System’s Green Strategy Statement Q&a Guide

Vista System’s Green Strategy Statement Q&a Guide

Dear reader, the following guiding questions have been used by Vista System’s Business Development team as they formulated the “Vista System Green Strategy Statement”. We at Vista System have decided to share this document as we feel that the guiding questions can help other companies world-wide take their first step towards writing a Green strategy statement of their own. Being truly Green requires cooperation and sharing of relevant information by all companies, as we can only achieve our goal if we work together as a global society.

Many times asking the right question, keeping them simple and having examples to review is all one needs to get the ball rolling. I hope that you find this document helpful and enriching.

Click here to review our complete Vista System Green Strategy Statement.

1. What makes the Vista sign frame a “green” product?

What makes our product green? We have spent the past 18 months redesigning the system to improve its sustainability and insure that it is a fully recyclable, long lasting system based on modular components that are easy to separate into individual elements, which can then be taken apart and reused or sent for recycling. Following are but a few of the concerns we have targeted thus far:

Sustainability of the product – working with aluminum based signs with long lasting plastic end caps and clear cover will allow for a long lasting sign. The stylish contemporary design will further insure that this sign will stay intact for decades.

Sustainability of the packaging – we use recyclable cardboard boxes along with recycled and reused packaging materials. When possible we use fully recyclable cardboard pallets saving a few trees as Green
Sustainability achieved by resistance to Vandalism – We have redesigned the system to increase its resistance to vandalism, thereby increasing the sign’s lifespan.

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Vision Shopsters: New Technologies to Reduce Packaging: Innovations in lightweighting, biodegradation, future opportunities and challenges

Vision Shopsters: New Technologies to Reduce Packaging: Innovations in lightweighting, biodegradation, future opportunities and challenges

Although packaging waste accounts for around 15% of the total waste burden in developed countries, its disposal has become a significant and pressing problem because it tends to be high-volume and highly visible. As consumers continue to demand convenience, freshness and quality in their food and drinks purchases, retailers are prioritizing getting products onto store shelves as rapidly and efficiently as possible. However, as packaging waste grows, retailers are coming under pressure from consumers, governments and lobby groups to take action in order to reduce the amount of packaging used on products.
This report evaluates innovation in packaging reduction in food and drinks by region and product category, pinpointing growth opportunities and highlighting technologies with the strongest future potential. It examines packaging waste issues from various stakeholders in the supply chain: packaging suppliers, food and drinks manufacturers, retailers and consumers.
Through examples of company initiatives and NPD trends, this report highlights what has already been achieved in terms of packaging reduction and provides insight into the new technologies that will impact the packaging industry in the future. It also identifies the challenges and barriers of implementing packaging reduction strategies and highlights opportunity areas.

Key features of this report

• A broad assessment of the size of the packaging waste problem, by region and material and an overview of the principal drivers of packaging reduction, including sustainability pressures, raw material prices, demographic shifts, cultural trends and legislation.
• Insight into the latest trends in reduced packaging technologies by region, product sector and packaging material.
• Evaluation of the major manufacturing technologies for recyclability, reuseability and biodegradability; and the ways in which these technologies are facilitating packaging reduction.
• Detailed analysis of lightweighting technologies and an examination of the relationship between packaging design and the more efficient use of resources.

Scope of this report

• Understand each regional market in terms of the current packaging waste trends and the legislative imperatives.
• Anticipate future sustainable packaging trends, particularly in terms of the innovations that can help your business take advantage of demand in the near future.
• Learn how the emerging cutting edge technologies will deliver significant packaging reduction and improve operation efficiencies.
• Gain insight into how changing packaging design can reduce waste and the potential impact on production costs

Key Market Issues

• Packaging waste is a serious global environmental issue. Around 2bn tonnes of household waste are generated worldwide every year, of which a third is packaging waste.
• Plastics, the least recycled packaging material, is now the most common and the most rapidly increasing in food and drinks.
• Whilst demand for ‘less packaging’ is increasing consumers are resistant to paying significantly more for eco-friendlier products which contributes to the packaging industry’s reluctance to invest in the technology.
• Lightweighting has been heavily promoted in glass packaging, however the potential for further lightweighting is limited, as is the current potential for vastly higher recycling rates

Key findings from this report

• Recycling has been the main thrust in the campaign to reduce packaging waste and recycling rates have risen rapidly in the developed world, particularly where there has been legislation to discourage landfilling
• Soft drinks is the leading product sector for packaging innovation. Huge multinationals particularly The Coca-Cola Company have invested considerably in packaging reduction initiatives
• Plastic is now the most widely-used packaging material worldwide, but also the least recycled. According to WasteOnline, 11% of household waste in the UK is plastic and 40% of it is generated from plastic bottles of which 3% are recycled. Bioplastics have strong potential, but issues of cost and disposability need to be addressed.
• Recycling remains the principal means of reducing packaging volumes. Corrugated paperboard has reached nearly 100% recycled content. 65% of glass bottles and 60% of aluminium beverage cans are recycled.
• Lightweighting has emerged as a major packaging reduction trend, particularly in glass packaging. The average weight of a ‘tin’ can has dropped by a third since the 1990s.More than half of consumers claim they would be more likely to buy a product in lightweighted packaging.

Key questions answered

• What will be the future impact of legislative and environmental pressure on the food and drinks packaging industry?
• Is innovation government, retailer, food and drinks industry or consumer-led?
• Which companies, product categories and brands are leading the way in packaging reduction?
• Which packaging materials will dominate future innovation given the latest technological developments and category trends?

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What can a Convenience Store do with Large Plastic Containers?

What can a Convenience Store do with Large Plastic Containers?

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What can a convenience store do with large plastic containers?



Large plastic containers make perfect display tools for your convenience store. Use them any time you have small merchandise that you need to display.


There are several kinds of large plastic containers. Let’s look at what we might do with a broad selection of candy jars, acrylic bins, plastic fish bowls, hexagon jars, and lidded canisters.



Candy jars are made for candy, of course. Fill yours with bridge mix, toffees, mints, or nougats. Kids like Jolly Ranchers and bubblegum. Provide a scoop and some decorative paper sacks, and let people serve themselves. A shelf lined with colorful candy jars will make people feel like they’re in an old-fashioned candy shop!


Acrylic bins are perfect for those small items that mess up a counter top if left untended: coffee creamers and sugars, little packets of jams and jellies, stirrers, ketchup and mustard and relish packets, salt and peppers. Put several of these out near the hot dog machines and the drink dispensers.


Large plastic fish bowls are just the thing for those travel-sized items that people need and often forget. Fill plastic fish bowls with combs, trial size deodorants and tooth pastes, sun tan lotion, shoes laces, children’s medication, antacids, cough suppressants, and single-use boxes of laundry soap. Set these containers out on a shelf near the door, so people can find what they need fast.


Hexagon jars work well on a food counter. They can hold plastic knives, forks, and spoons; salt and pepper packets; napkins; moist towelettes. Fill them non-perishable items too, like match books, packets of aspirin and other medications, trinkets and souvenirs. Hexagon jars are perfect large plastic containers, because they let people see what they’re looking for and they’re large enough that they don’t have to be refilled too often.


Lidded canisters are great for those items which shouldn’t lie exposed to the air—things like peppermint sticks, beef jerky, lollipops, suckers, and sugar straws.


One of the great things about a convenience store is that it stocks something for everybody. You get whatever you need, whenever you need it. But precisely because convenience stores carry so much, it’s often hard to find what you’re looking for. Consider using large, clear plastic containers for those little things people come in to buy everyday. Your customers will be glad you did.


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Candy Concepts, Inc., specializes in providing businesses with everything from a wide variety of candy containers to the bulk candy and novelty items to full them with. Learn more about the kinds of fishbowls and plastic containers you can use in your business by visiting Candy Concepts, Inc’s sister site, All Candy Containers at

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    Green Crafts-Recycle a Plastic CD Tub to Fashion a Practical and Perfect Storage Container for Free

    Green Crafts-Recycle a Plastic CD Tub to Fashion a Practical and Perfect Storage Container for Free

    Do you or anyone you know, such as your kids, spouse, or co-workers, buy packages of blank CDs to record on to?  If so, do not let them throw out the plastic and lockable CD tub they come in before you have a chance to show them and yourself what can be done to make a practical storage container for the garage, craft workstation, or many other purposes.

    Like most people who buy packages of CDs for recording or backing up computer data, for years I too have been throwing out the cylindrical tub that they come in, in my case to the recycling bin outside.  I figured that as long as the tub was ending up recycled again in to something useful, that would be good enough.  Then it dawned on me like that proverbial light bulb going off overhead.  Why not make use of the CD tub as a storage container that is not only pretty durable, but is self locking when you put the top back on? 

    This idea took root as I was reminiscing about the way my dad would take empty glass jars with lids and make practical and perfect storage containers in his garage by screwing the top of the jar to the underside of a shelf, and then simply spin the glass jar full of screws, washers, or any other small garage item on to the attached lid.  We are working with the same principal when it comes to the CD storage container by flipping it upside down to make storage use of what normally is the larger clear top portion.  By using a couple of small screws to easily pierce and attach the flatter portion to the underside of a shelf, we have a perfect storage container.  You can easily label the clear portion of the tub, but it really is unnecessary since you can perfectly see the contents.  What makes this CD tub better as a storage container versus a glass jar, is that the opening is much wider.  You will not have to struggle getting your fingers in to the jar to retrieve what you need, or dump the contents out to do the same.        

    Whether or not you attach your storage container to the bottom of a shelf, think about some of the items you can store:

    Beads Gems Craft fasteners Screws Nails Washers Paper clips Rubber bands

    The list can go on and on.  It is frugal, practical, and it makes perfect sense.  Use it in the garage, a craft workstation, an office, or any other place where you can find a need.  

    Happy recycling!

    Linda Johnson is a degreed and experienced crafter and interior/exterior decorating specialist, with years of experience helping friends, family, and clients solve their decorating and craft needs. Linda and her contributing writers invite you to submit your own great ideas for free, and also find tons more craft ideas and decorating projects like this with photos to try yourself

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    Green Holidays and Recycled Halloween Decorations

    Green Holidays and Recycled Halloween Decorations

    Halloween is a time of year for decorating. When it relates to homemade decorations, it is feasible to produce Halloween ornaments from simple things you have lying around the house. These recycled Halloween decorations are fun for all the family and bring the fright back to Halloween.

    Make a Halloween Snowglobe

    A Halloween Snowglobe can be created from a used glass jar, plastic bugs and false small gems, small stones or beach glass. To create this Halloween ornament, just fill the jar with Karo syrup and place the small stones, false small gems or beach glass and plastic bugs in the jar. The top of the jar can be sealed in place with some silicone caulking to prevent the liquid from escaping. When the caulk has dried and the rim of the container is strong enough, the Halloween Snowglobe will be slimy and ugly for anyone who wish to shake it up.

    Recycled Halloween Spider

    The egg carton is some other easy source for recycled Halloween decorations. You can produce a spider out of an egg section. Just cut out the egg section and paint black. For the legs, do four small holes on two lateral faces of the cups, insert chenille stems in each hole and stick or glue them to the cup. Two white points will represent the eyes. After making a hole in the middle of the egg cup, fishing line can be used to string up the recycled Halloween decorations everywhere in the home. In case these ornaments are the be hung outside, it is essential to spray the whole spider with a waterproof clear spray paint.

    Some other Halloween Symbol: the Bat

    You can as well produce a bat out of an egg carton. Alternatively to utilizing just one egg cup, this bat involves three cups in a row. The two outer cups need to be cut down to look like the wings of the bat. Paint and ornament the cups to look like a bat and string up utilizing fishing line.

    Producing recycled Halloween decorations is an inexpensive manner to celebrate this creepy one-day holiday. Many decorations can be created from you already have. Additional easy recycled Halloween decorations involve lit pumpkins, lights, tree decorations. Children can produce all of these ornaments with the help of an adult.

    Now that you have got some Halloween homemade scary decorations, it’s time for you to start planning your next Halloween party. Furthermore wherever you require a little help on doing this, don’t forget that I’m here to aid; you’ll be welcome to My Happy Halloween and check out our huge list of Halloween decoration ideas. Feel free to leave me your comments, your ideas to the most enjoyable Halloween you’ve ever dreamed of!

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