Direct Packaging Limited is committed to minimising the impact of its activities on the environment.
The key points of its strategy to achieve this are:
- Minimise waste by evaluating operations and ensuring they are as efficient as possible.
- Minimise toxic emissions through the selection and use of its fleet and the source of its power requirement.
- Actively promote recycling both internally and amongst its customers and suppliers.
- Source and promote a product range to minimise the environmental impact of both production and distribution.
- Meet or exceed all the environmental legislation that relates to the Company.
- Use an accredited program to offset the greenhouse gas emissions generated by our activities.
- Whilst we are a small business and do not have the personnel to implement ISO14001 or other such standards as proof of our commitment, we do place the environment central to our development, and as such we have initiated several past and future investments to demonstrate our commitment.
Renewable Energy Investments
In 2016 DPL invested in solar panels which generate 20k kwh per annum, which is 25% of our annual usage.
In Q2 2021 we invested in a further 10.5k kwh of panels to increase our renewable energy to 38% of annual usage.
The investment plan is to maximize the existing roof space left to increase our renewable % further and we are currently awaiting quotations and proposals. This is planned for installation in Q4 2022 or Q1 2023.
In Q1 2018 all lighting in the warehouse, factory and offices was replaced with LED units.
In March 2020 new offices and clean rooms were installed. All lighting in “transitional” areas such as clean rooms and toilets were fitted with motion sensors to reduce energy usage.
In May 2022 DPL replaced both roller doors which have insulated cores and quick open/close mechanisms to reduce heat loss.
In October 2021 DPL invested in a new galvanized steel roof and 200mm of insulation (previously there was none), to reduce heat loss in the winter and keep cool in the summer.
Site waste and recycling
In January 2022 we changed provider to Veolia. General waste from the factory is nil to landfill. Cardboard and corrugate is separated for recycling.
Our products consist of two main materials…
OPP is recyclable (logo 5)
Natureflex (cellulose) is certified as home compostable and we have independent certification on our products from TUV Austria which we achieved in August 2019.