Sustainability

We have a commitment to provide our customers with sustainable packaging solutions

We firmly believe that good business is sustainable. We are committed to ongoing sustainability improvements in our business, for our customers and stakeholders.

IML Plastics processes resins that conform to plastic recycling codes 2 and 5 for domestic production. These resins are approved under the NZ Government’s plan to reduce the impact of plastic materials in the environment. IML Plastics does not process any resins or produce any items on the Government’s proposed list of hard-to-recycle plastics and single-use items that will be phased out between 2022 and 2025.

We adopt a Reduce, Reuse and Recycle approach to support our commitment to sustainable packaging solutions.

Partnering with customers allows quality mould and product design to optimise product performance and reduce weight and the amount of plastic material used.  Quality design also allows us to minimise waste and reduce energy consumption used in the production process.

We take recyclable materials that we are unable to reuse ourselves and send it off site for it to be recycled and used by other manufacturers for use in their plastic products. 

All products that we manufacture are marked with the appropriate recycling symbol so our customers and their end consumers are able to readily identify plastic for recycling.

We package products for shipment to customers by allowing them to nest together to get more in the box, thereby reducing packaging requirements, and the cost and energy to deliver to customers. All the corrugated cardboard packaging can be recycled.  We work with our transport partners to ensure the most effective transport methods are used for our product to reach their destination.

Other sustainability initiatives include:
  • ensuring well developed quality systems to minimise production waste;
  • reviewing our processing systems to ensure maximum use of our resins and materials to reduce unnecessary consumption;
  • investment in modern machinery with greater operating efficiency;
  • operating a closed water cooling systems to minimise water usage;
  • LED lights for high efficiency lighting in our production environments; and
  • recycling other consumable items where possible.