As a responsible business, Rapid is committed to reducing the impact we have on the environment, trading in a more sustainable way and limiting the amount of waste we produce. Sustainability is one of the most important considerations in industry right now and it will continue to be a key focus for Rapid as we and our customers demand greater environmental responsibility.
We are living up to this mission to make real, positive, and effective changes for our customers, ourselves and the environment. We are implementing new and innovative ways to reduce and recycle our waste, through new packaging processes, thereby reducing our company’s environmental impact.Find out more
By doing so, we can help our customers to increase their own sustainability efforts, decrease their carbon footprint and make a difference to their bottom line by reducing expenses. That way everyone benefits and is ‘helping our planet make it’.
"Our purpose is to make sustainability a core part of our operational processes, and become a leaner, greener, and more efficient business and really help make a difference."
Over the last two years, Rapid has been making major strides in its approach to being more environmentally friendly and in 2019 this culminated in being awarded the ISO 14001:2015 standard, setting requirements for our environmental management system. (View our certification here). We are very proud to be holders of this certification and continue to improve our environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction in waste. In 2019 we also launched our electrical vehicle charger installation brand Replenishh, further pursuing our green agenda.
Our current project is looking at how we deal with packaging; we are receiving increasing requests from our customers asking for non-branded boxes so they can reuse them. We have taken these wishes on board and gone further, in changing our packing strategy.
With the use of the new lighter material, we have achieved significant results including:
Void fill weight reduced by 88%
Annual postal weight reduced by 40.6 tonnes per year
13 fully loaded 3-ton delivery vans eliminated per year
8.6 metric tonnes of CO2 eliminated per year
The new lighter and space saving packaging is a great environmental alternative to bubble wrap, paper and other protective void fill solutions. Allowing us to eliminate 100% of non-recyclable plastic whilst also protecting a wide range of products efficiently and effectively and reducing the chance of goods getting damaged in transit.
Other benefits include:
46 tons of paper saved per year
Over 1,100 trees saved per year
4.63 Acres of land saved per year
Due to its properties, stiffness, strength, resistance to moisture, high density polyethylene material (HDPE) is a commonly recycled plastic and is the most environmentally stable of all plastics – giving off no harmful fumes into the environment. Manufacturing HDPE plastics requires only a fraction of the energy required to produce steel from iron ore, further contributing to its classification of being Eco-friendly.
Within the UK, best practices on the domestic and commercial recycling of films are continually being rolled out by local councils. For those who can't recycle plastic film at home/kerbside, most types of plastic films can be recycled at carrier bag collection points at the larger stores of most major supermarkets including Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, The Co-op and Waitrose.
There is also some useful information regarding the recycling of plastic films here… www.recyclenow.com
The last few years have seen a number of hugely significant pieces of legislation for manufacturers, importers, distributors and end users of electrical and electronic equipment. Click the links below to find out what compliance to the WEEE, RoHS and REACH regulations means for Rapid.
If you have any ideas about how we can continue to reduce our carbon footprint, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org