In October 2017, Polyoak Packaging joined the worldwide drive by plastics leaders to reduce the amount of plastic pellets ending up in the ocean, by signing a pledge to prevent resin pellet, flake and powder loss as part of the global initiative, Operation Clean Sweep.
Explaining the importance of making a public declaration to prevent pellet loss, Polyoak’s Group Managing Director, Jeremy Mackintosh said, “Polyoak is proud to be one of the country’s biggest manufacturers of plastic packaging. As we use large quantities of plastic pellets and flakes on a daily basis to produce items such as plastic bottles, closures and containers, it is important that we adhere to strict environmental standards and take a leading role as a responsible producer. By signing the Operation Clean Sweep pledge, we want to highlight our commitment to making zero pellet loss a priority by ensuring that pellets are kept out of the natural environment, including waterways and oceans.”
“We are proud to be one of the first companies signing the pledge. Adhering to green practices such as Operation Clean Sweep is not only environmentally sound, but also makes good business sense,” Mackintosh concluded.
Did You Know? Only 1% of ocean microplastics comprise plastic pellets (nurdles). 87% comes from vehicle tyre particle abrasion, city dust and clothing fibres.