Reduce, Re-Use & Recycle
Designs that stand out. Voges already works on the recycling issue during the design phase by creating compact and efficient products that require less material during manufacture. Smaller, thinner, lighter products: we do more with less material. Our range of blister packs is currently manufactured from 100% recycled PET bottles.
Voges has set itself the goal of ensuring safe working conditions and manufacturing processes that are ecologically sound. We want to achieve operational excellence and the reduction of our own production waste is part of this. Our production waste and our by-products are therefore actively recycled. Efficient design and the use of highly recyclable materials has resulted in Voges being able to minimise the waste material at the end of the product's lifespan. The materials we use - recycled PET, PLA, VibersTMand PS - have great value for recyclers.
PET is the world’s most recycled plastic. PET bottles, pots and containers are accepted in almost all recycling programmes. Following collection, post-consumer PET is purchased by collectors that wash, grind and further process the PET waste in order to produce the recycled starting material ready for reuse in a variety of end products.
We strive to maintain natural resources and to limit our impact on the environment to the utmost. Voges actively implements measures to increase efficiency, maintain energy and water resources, improve air quality and produce less waste. Reduction and recycling of plastic waste are an integral part of our strategy to realise innovation and value.
Compostable packaging from biopolymers
In 2003, Voges introduced a complete range of packaging made with Ingeo™ biopolymers, the world's first performance plastic from annually renewable sources. The technology uses raw materials such as corn instead of petroleum for the basic material. In other words; scarce resources are being replaced by inexhaustible sources. Ingeo™ is suitable for all disposable systems and is also compostable. It comes from the earth and is also absorbed back into it again.
A vacuum-formed cup is broken down into pulverised fragments in about 35 days in a well-designed aerobic industrial composting plant, at an average temperature of 60 degrees Celsius. After the PLA fragments have been broken down, they are further hydrolysed in lactic acid and are quickly converted into CO2 and H2O by the microbes present.
We have also recently started processing VibersTM. A new, circular material. It’s made from elephant grass (Miscanthus Giganteus) and a residual product from the potato processing sector. Elephant grass is a fast-growing crop that captures 4x as much CO2 as a forest with trees.
Thanks to modern techniques, it is highly suitable for
making products that are better for the environment. Elephant grass is grown locally, on fallow land that is not used for food production.