RECYCLING POSITION STATEMENT

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Plastics

All polymer types are recyclable. The extent to which they are recycled however, is dependent upon local collection and recycling infrastructure, as this process can vary greatly from country to country. The amount of plastics recycled has increased over recent decades due to improvements in collection, identification and sorting of materials, as well as increased awareness of environmental issues among consumers. The benefits of plastic recycling include reducing the amount of material sent to landfill or incineration as well as a reduction in the consumption of energy and fossil fuels required for producing virgin oil-based plastics.

EarthWater’s Position

EarthWater’s position is that plastic waste should be viewed as a resource. EarthWater will work to encourage plastic recycling solutions, by playing an active role in local markets increasing recycling to an optimal level, if it makes economical and technical sense to do so. EarthWater will follow design for recyclability guidelines where possible, to ensure the disposal stage of the lifecycle products can be sorted and recycled, maintaining their end of life value. EarthWater has worked with our suppliers to develop plastic solutions incorporating both post-consumer and post-industrial recycled plastics, thus reducing the need for virgin materials from fossil fuel, diverting plastic from landfill or incineration. In cases where plastic recycling has reached an optimum level and it cannot be sustainably recycled, EarthWater supports the waste hierarchy view suggesting the material should be sent to energy-from-waste facilities to produce electricity, heat or fuel for further use.

Our Team actively follows academic research and regulatory developments regarding the endocrine activity of substances present in plastics, including BPA. We continue to closely examine the packaging materials used for our products and will continue to search for the safest, most functional packaging materials for our products. 

Paper and Cardboard

All types of paper and cardboard are recyclable but the extent to which they are recycled is dependent on local collection and recycling infrastructure which can vary greatly. The amount of paper and cardboard recycled has increased over recent decades due to improvements in technology, collection, identification and sorting of materials, as well as an increased awareness among consumers of environmental issues such as recycling. The benefits of paper and cardboard recycling include reducing the amount of material sent to landfill or incineration as well as a reduction in the consumption of energy and fossil fuels required for producing pulp.

EarthWater’s Position

EarthWater’s position is that paper and cardboard waste should be viewed as a resource. EarthWater will work to encourage paper and cardboard recycling solutions and play an active role in local markets to increase recycling to an optimal level when it makes economical and technical sense to do so. EarthWater will follow design for recyclability guidelines where possible, to ensure the disposal stage of lifecycle products can be sorted and recycled to maintain their end of life value. EarthWater has worked with our suppliers in developing and will continue to develop paper and cardboard solutions incorporating both post-consumer and post-industrial recycled pulp, reducing the need for virgin materials from fossil fuel and to divert paper and cardboard from landfill or incineration.  Where paper and cardboard recycling has reached an optimum level and cannot be sustainably recycled, EarthWater supports the waste hierarchy view suggesting the materials should be sent to energy-from waste facilities to produce electricity, heat or fuel for further use.

Our Team actively follows academic research and regulatory developments regarding recycling activity of paper and cardboard. We continue to closely examine the paper collateral material used in our business and packaging materials used for our products, and will continue to search for the best and most functional paper and cardboard packaging materials for our products.