Innovating and investing
Dijkstra Plastics has been innovating and investing in sustainable products and processes right from the very start of its incorporation. We are very aware of the responsibility we have for placing plastic packaging products on the market. That is why we take measures to keep the impact of our packaging on the environment as responsible as possible.
Depending on the specific applications, products are developed with minimum use of materials as well as the lowest possible energy consumption. We use polypropylene as our main raw material, a material that is 100% recyclable
And we increasingly use recycled material for applications outside the food sector.
We extend sustainability throughout our policy. For example, various employees are already driving electric cars, we are considering energy consumption when purchasing machines and we are looking for new, sustainable solutions for products, offices and people every day.
Our three pillars
The development and application of new production techniques and efficient production processes lead to ever lower energy consumption. Processes are optimised in detail and new opportunities are exploited. Thus, when investing in new injection moulding machines, we always realise significant improvements in energy consumption.
In the context of sustainability, we maximise the use of recycled raw materials. PCR (Post Consumer Recycled) is recycled polypropylene made from used plastic packaging material from consumers and bulk users, collected via collection systems. After collection, this stream is further processed into polypropylene granulate at recycling companies through sorting, separating and washing. We can then use this granulate in our production processes. We also prevent waste in our own plant. This is based on a sophisticated product design for each application. But also a production process with minimal material waste, which is 100% recycled. This provides assurance that no material is wasted for each product.
We have set ourselves the goal of having 35% of our used raw materials made from PCR by 2025.
Through efficient production processes, efficient logistics and the use of recycled raw materials, we reduce the amount of CO2 with every product delivered. Optimal packaging, use of return systems and transport with maximum loading also contribute to this. Very telling is the use of our extra long trucks (LHVs). These are all measures that contribute to highly efficient logistics and thus CO2 reduction.
As responsible production is a high priority at Dijkstra Plastics, we like to contribute to initiatives that can support us, but where we can also add value. Our aim is to increase our impact on the world of packaging, while reducing the impact of our packaging on the world.
The Plastic Pact is a Dutch government initiative consisting of a platform of parties dealing with single-use plastic products and packaging. Knowledge and solutions are shared from the Raw Materials Agreement and the Circular Economy Implementation Programme. The participating parties are supermarkets, branded goods manufacturers, plastic and packaging producers, environmental organisations, recyclers and many other organisations.View certificate
100% green electricity
In 2018, Dijkstra Plastics started using green electricity. Because of the high consumption of energy during the production process, we consciously set out to improve. Besides the lower energy consumption of the machines, in which we are constantly innovating, the necessary supply of energy is always there.
Although a switch to green energy is easy to achieve, it concerns a substantial step for Dijkstra Plastics. Our production capacity of more than 60 injection-moulding machines requires quite an energy package, in which we searched for a suitable solution. Since 2020, we can proudly say that production runs on 100% green electricity and we have taken the necessary steps in responsible production.View certificate
The UK trade association British Retail Consortium (BRC) created this certification programme in 1998. This programme focuses on food safety and quality within an organisation. Over 300 points are used to check the extent to which a company is in line with the set standard. By awarding a rating, a company more or less meets the GSFI-recognised standard of the BRC.
Points such as traceability, cleanliness, operational control, training and supplier management are reflected in it and together form the foundation of the BRC. Due to its reputation, the BRC has been a well-founded name in the world of certification programmes for many years and we are proud to showcase our achievement within this programme.View certificate
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