Recycling at Micronized
Did you know that Micronized uses thousands of small and large bulk bags every day to bag off the processed mineral powders?
Thousands of pallets are used every year to pack and secure the bagged product.
Ever wondered what happens to these packaging materials? Do they end up in landfill sites and create environmental issues?
Rather than making a mess or littering landfill sites, can you imagine this packaging actually contributing positively to our built environment?
Well it does. Even when used, plastic and wooden packaging has value.
After emptying the bags, most of our customers either re-use or collect and send the packaging to recycling companies or are part of collection initiatives where they support local collectors.
The plastic is either baled, then sent for further processing, or larger pieces are left intact for re-use or to make anything from ornaments to fashion items.
Here is an example (above) of a polypropylene bag that has been stitched then screen printed, and has a handle sewn into the top. This is sold as an attractive fashion accessory.
The baled plastic is ground up with large machines and bonded with glue and an inert pigment is mixed into the granules. The mixture is then compressed under heat and pressure to produce plastic slats that are harder and longer lasting than wood. Chairs, benches, decking and garden furniture such as the table below can be made from the plastic slats.
The used wooden pallets are not thrown away or used for firewood either. They are sanded down and painted and then used to make attractive and unique furniture.
Here is an example (above) of a modern bed base that is made from as few as four pallets, or double-stacked as in this picture. The versatility is limited only by the imagination and creativity of the designer.
Here is a coffee table server fixed with castor wheels for mobility.
At Micronized, we are supportive of ways to create a more sustainable planet and to promote the use of products that were previously discarded or (worse) incinerated.
Why not share some of your creative ideas for re-using packaging on our page?