Glass is an infinitely recyclable material. It will not lose its qualities with recycling, and is currently widely recognised by consumers as one of the most recyclable materials. Being inert, it also lends itself to a re-usable pack, which is a fantastic way to drive down packaging waste. Read more>
Another infinitely recyclable material which loses none of its strength or quality in the recycling process, aluminium is the most abundant metallic element in Earth's crust. Our aluminium closures can make a great finish to a glass pack - a fully recyclable or re-usable, highly sustainable pack.
Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Content
Where our products contain a significant proportion (30% or more) of content that has already been used once and has come through a recycling process, we have noted this in its description. In addition to environmental benefits, with the UK government targeting a tax towards plastic which has less than 30% recycled content, this is becoming the focus of many.
NIR (Near Infra-Red) Detectable
Black plastic which has been manufactured using carbon black masterbatch is usually difficult for current recycling machinery to correctly identify using the NIR scanning method. Where our black plastic products use NIR-detectable masterbatch, this means they are much more easily identifiable in normal recycling streams, using the normal methods.
Please note that minimum order quantities will apply for special production of an item in these materials, and these may vary from item to item. Please enquire for details on your specific project.
pcr (post-consumer recyclate) plastic
Post-Consumer Recyclate has been used at least once by consumers, then collected, sorted, cleaned, and ground down before being finally sorted and processed ready for the production of a new product. In the UK, there is a tax applicable from March 2022, on all plastic containing less than 30% recycled content. The airless pack in the above image has a cap, actuator shell and bottle manufactured from 100% PCR plastic (only the workings are made from virgin plastic due to the very fine manufacturing tolerances demanded there).
Unless you are looking at a product which we have already designed to include some PCR content, a custom production in a percentage of PCR material is possible from just 10,000 pcs, please use the contact us form for enquiries.
Another biopolymer, HDPE made from sugarcane helps to lower greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, as the sugarcane itself naturally absorbs CO2 as it grows. Some bio-polyethelenes produced in this way can be recycled using existing recycling methods.
Minimum order quantity for bespoke production in this material is 10,000 units, please use the contact us form for enquiries.
ocean, beach, near-ocean and ocean-bound plastic
This is Post-Consumer Recyclate which specifically has been reclaimed from oceans, beaches, nearby waterways, or from mismanaged waste within 50km of the coastline. Some major global brands have chosen to use these categories for part of their range, which is successfully highlighting the issue on a worldwide scale. The World Economic Forum of 2019 noted that 80-90% of ocean plastic originates from developing countries, so it is important to address the issue with awareness and knowledge, and source the plastic from areas where it is going to make the biggest difference. Please note that due to the reclaimation process, sorting and cleaning, this may be around 15 times more expensive than standard PCR plastic - but for some, that's a small price to pay to play a part in cleaning up the oceans and helping to protect their fragile ecosystems.
Ocean-bound plastic (see the research by Jenna R Jambeck) is available from 10,000 pcs and upwards, please use the contact us form for enquiries.
elephant grass biopolymer
Elephant grass is a fast-growing crop which is used to form a bioplastic. This bioplastic is recyclable, and also has good scratch resistance, as well as an attractive natural finish (an uncoloured version is shown in the closure above). A hectare of elephant grass can absorb four times more greenhouse gases than a hectare of tree forest, and also rejuvenates the soil in which it is grown, making it a highly sustainable solution.
Below are some of the additional commitments Richmond have, not only to uphold our responsibility to our global environment, but also to improve at the cutting edge of research into ways to positively impact the environment.
Richmond hold the internationally-recognised ISO14001 accrediation. This just shows the commitment that we already have, that our whole team is committed to protecting our environment. The accreditation is given to companies who have a proper system in place to manage their environmental impact, a system which ensures the engagement of the whole team in environmental management. Download our certificate here.
donations to plastic oceans uk / ocean generation
Richmond is committed to helping the reduction of plastic pollution and to strengthen our efforts, we have been working with Ocean Generation to help them reach their aims. To encourage our customers to engage with the challenge of pollution in the oceans, we have donated to Plastic Oceans UK charity (now Ocean Generation) using fun methods, such as involving customers in a survey where they could choose to request that we add to our donation.
Richmond is committed to ensuring reduced energy consumption by using LED lighting throughout the facilities. LED lighting is fundamental in reducing use of electricty as, depending on the type and output of the lighting unit, they are up to 80% more efficient.
heat recovery units
Richmond is committed to reducing energy consumption. We have multiple heat recovery units which reprocess all of the air in our premises. By recapturing warm air, these units can save up to 30% of the energy required for heating.
renewable electricity sources
Richmond is committed to ensuring that electricity is from renewable sources. Solar panels fitted along the length of head office, provide us with most of our operating power and on the sunniest days we even supply electricity back to the grid. In addition, 75% of our back-up electricty supply comes from renewable sources.
packaging and recycling
Richmond is committed to reducing packaging waste by recycling cardboard. All waste cardboard is collected by Highlander Recycling where it is recycled to make new cardboard products. We also use biodegradable poly chips to reduce plastic packaging usage.
Richmond is committed to reducing energy usage by providing four electric car charging points. This helps the team here at Richmond to reduce their carbon footprint on the commute to work. In addition, the forklift trucks are electric, provided by 75% renewable sources.