BEARD TONIC, BEARD SOAP, SHAVING OIL (10ML, 50ML, 100ML, 250ML): Bottle: PET, PP LABEL; Cap: PP, STEEL SPRING
AFTERSHAVE BALM: Jar: PET, PAPER LABEL; Lid: ALUMINIUM, PAPER LABEL
BEARD BALM: STEEL, PP LABEL (TOP), PAPER LABEL (BOTTOM)
BAY SPICE TONIC: Bottle: GLASS; Dropper Cap: RUBBER, PP, GLASS; Tag: STEEL CHAIN, PAPER LABEL
SHAVING SOAPS: PAPER, PAPER LABEL
BODY SOAPS: CARDBOARD
BEARD BOXES: PINE WOOD, PVC LABELS
BEARD SYSTEMS: OAK VENEERED BIRCH PLYWOOD, STEEL BOLTS, PVC LABELS
BOXED GIFT SETS (CARD): CARDBOARD BOX, PAPER
BOXED GIFT SETS (FOAM): CARDBOARD BOX, PU FOAM INSERT
BAGGED GIFT SETS: MUSLIN CLOTH OR JUTE/HESSIAN/BURLAP
PET (POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE) - Identification code 1
Properties: PET is a thermoplastic resin belonging to the polyester family and obtained by polycondensation from terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol. It is a shock-resistant polymer with good mechanical properties. In the amorphous state, it is transparent and colourless and is generally processed by injection moulding, extrusion and stretch-blowing.
Applications: PET is widely used in the production of beverage bottles, trays and containers. It is possible to obtain extremely light bottles with excellent resistance to permeation of gases such as carbon dioxide, dissolved in carbonated drinks. Furthermore, the material has a good resistance to cracking stress, i.e. the ability to resist deformations under constant stresses, as in the case of prolonged storage of bottles containing carbonated drinks. Its mechanical and thermal resistance qualities allow the use of PET in both rigid and flexible packaging sectors, especially for the production of trays. Both in bottles and in trays, the barrier properties can be further increased by using multilayer structures with other polymers or by using additives.
Recycling: Recycled material (r-PET) maintains characteristics very similar to the virgin polymer. Current sorting and recycling technology means that PET bottles (the main application of this polymer in the packaging sector) are among the most easily sortable and recyclable packaging types, where there are no ancillary elements which complicate the process. Normally, PET bottles are sorted in three distinct flows: transparent, blue-tinted and coloured (mix of various colours). The recycled polymer obtained starting from the first two flows has mechanical and colour characteristics very close to those of the virgin polymer, other than a slight yellowing, and, with appropriate decontamination and macromolecular chain recovery processes, can be reused for the production of containers intended for contact with food, including new bottles.
PP (POLYPROPYLENE) - Identification code 5
Properties: PP is a thermoplastic resin of the polyolefin family, obtained from the poly-addition of propylene. Due to its molecular structure it is characterised by good thermal resistance and high rigidity and is a barrier to the permeation of water vapour but not of gases. A characteristic that makes it, for example, unsuitable for the packaging of carbonated drinks.
PP is a polymer that has characteristics of great versatility as regards its workability that takes place through the most common conversion processes, thanks to which flexible or rigid, transparent or opaque material can be obtained.
Applications: The characteristics of PP make it suitable for use in various sectors. It can be used in the production of many commonly used objects, from household items and toys, to the medical and home appliances sectors. In the packaging sector, trays and rigid bottles or flexible films and tapes are obtained.
Recycling: Recycled PP maintains the physical characteristics of the virgin polymer without any particular aesthetic defects, provided it is correctly separated by colour before the recycling process. The degree of recyclability of PP packaging is linked to the heterogeneity that distinguishes the possible applications in the packaging field.
PVC or V (POLYVINYL CHLORIDE) - Identification code 3
Properties: PVC is a vinyl thermoplastic resin obtained from the polymerisation of vinyl chloride. The polymer has good wear, chemical, fire and deterioration resistance properties. PVC can be processed by injection moulding, compression and blowing or by the use of extrusion, calendering and thermoforming technologies.
Applications: PVC is mainly used in the production of both rigid (PVC-U) and flexible (PVC-P) semi-finished and finished products, the latter thanks to the addition of plasticisers. In the packaging sector, PVC is used for the production of cosmetic containers and bottles, labels, blisters and single-portion packs. It is widely used in the construction industry, also in outdoor applications, from components to the production of floorings, coatings, building pipes (for example gutters and drinking water pipes), window frames, tarpaulins and rigid and plastic films. It is also widely used in the medical and hospital sectors, in the chemical industry and in the automotive and agricultural fields.
Recycling: For household PVC packaging, it is currently complicated to create efficient recycling flows due to the limited quantities of packaging made with this polymer present in separate collection. It is, on the other hand, successfully recycled in other sectors, such as the construction industry.
Further Information on plastic packaging is available here.
Properties: Aluminium packaging presents an excellent recyclability thanks its material characteristics, which allow endless reuse without performance falls compared to the virgin material.
Applications: Widely used in the canned beverage and cosmetics industry.
Recycling: Separate collection of urban waste, which also includes the collection of aluminium packaging, is organised and managed by local councils. In most cases, aluminium packaging is collected together with other types of packaging material within the "multi-material" system, whose collection method can vary according to the municipal collection equipment and to the plants present in the area.
Further Information on aluminium packaging is available here.
3. PAPER / CARDBOARD
Properties: Paper is thin by nature, and typically used for labelling purposes. Cardboard, with higher mechanical strength, is used for boxes/cartons. Both offer excellent recyclability properties.
Applications: Widely used to contain products of all kinds, and for shipping of finished products worldwide.
Recycling: Widely recycled and incorporated into waste collection schemes.
Further Information on paper packaging is available here.
For more information on recycling in your area, we recommend contacting your local recycling center, municipality or waste collection agency, using the descriptions and packaging identification codes provided above.