We have completely eliminated plastic in all its forms from our activities:
– all our packages are made of cardboard and are closed with paper tape with water-based adhesive and no longer with PVC tape or other synthetic materials;
– the film used to wrap the pallets is made of PLA (polylactic acid), a bioplastic of totally natural origin, biodegradable and compostable;
– Our 3D printers are powered with a MATER BI resin, which is also biodegradable and compostable and no longer in ABS.
Our foils are made of steel, a material that we have known since prehistoric times and is made up of 100% mineral. It does not contain significant quantities of heavy metals, which as we know are harmful to animal health. During its processing, from the merger onwards, no raw materials of synthetic origin derived from hydrocarbons are used and given its characteristics of extreme longevity it can be reconverted and reused countless times.
During subsequent mergers it does not lose its physical characteristics and can be put back into circulation an infinite number of times; it is essentially the most recycled material in the world and it is estimated that currently more than 50% of the processed material comes from recycled material. This makes steel extremely virtuous from a bio-compatibility point of view. The percentage of steel artifacts that are redeveloped is over 90%. (source: BIR – Bureau of International Recycling – World Steel Recycling) There are also very well organized and regulated platforms (eg for the disposal of cars) for collection and transformation.
For example, our steel is produced using recycled scrap for 20% of its weight and can be assigned to any collector who is authorized to recover metal waste.
We have a 200 KW photovoltaic field that allows us to almost totally decrease our dependence on energy produced with carbon dioxide emissions.
Finally, with a view to continuous attention to environmental sustainability, some choices were made regarding packaging – both on materials and on dimensions – and the consequent occupation of space in the warehouse and transport. First, the plastic was completely removed from all the packaging, starting to close the cardboard boxes with paper tape and water-based glue. An automatic foil packaging system has also been implemented which allows to reduce the volume of the boxes by almost 50%; with the new packaging, cardboard consumption and space occupation are automatically reduced. Simple practices, quickly adoptable but of great effect if practiced on a large scale.