Plastic Lamination on Cartons
We are reviewing our carton boxes for plastic lamination coating. The plastic lamination on the box creates challenges for recycling, so where possible we will remove plastic lamination on the packaging. Examples include removing plastic lamination on header cards, labels. Examples include LOCK/JIG/B, DWS/HG/SET
25th January: Hand Tools Packaging
Hand Tools Multiscribe Pro & Corner Chisel
Trend’s Multiscribe Pro and Corner Chisel were packaged in a plastic sliding blister packaging. As part of the initiative, they were changed to cardboard boxes. The estimated saving per year on these two products alone is over 300kg of plastic.
25th January: Reusable Router Cutter Storage
Router Cutters Professional and Craft Pro
Trend is the leading brand in the UK for router cutters. There are three main ranges, the Professional Range, Trade Range and the CraftPro range, and with over 1300 router cutters available.
The Trend clamshell storage device used for the Professional Range and CraftPro ranges of cutters is designed to ensure they meet the key requirements of cutter protection and safe storage. The packaging for some router cutters also has compartments to store accessory ball bearings and hex key.
As the packaging design provided the best option for the tools it was decided that we would change the plastic from PVC to 30% recycled PET plastic where possible. This change began over 12 months ago, saving 5 tonnes of PVC plastic going to landfill at the end of life.
25th January: Sawblade Packaging Switch
The Trend micro-granular Tungsten Carbide Tipped range of sawblades are designed for a professional finish in softwood, hardwood, hardboard, plywood and particle board, and offer a blade solution for every machine; whether it is a portable circular saw, mitre saw, or bench saw. As the blades are in high demand and the packaging used is a large plastic clamshell (double blister), it was decided that the first product category to change would be the sawblades, and from mid-2023 we began to switch to cardboard cartons.
The saw blade range comprises over 200 blades and it was identified that by changing from the clamshell to a cardboard carton that over 26 tonnes of plastic could be saved per year.
The Trend PCD diamond saw blades will make the transition from clamshell to cardboard cartons. Around 2.6 tonnes of plastic will be saved per year.