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How green is your thermoformer?

On Sep 30, 2014

With so much focus on sustainability these days, it may surprise you that according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), industrial pollution is responsible for almost 50 percent of the pollution present in the United States. Fortunately, there are many ways manufacturers can work to lower this sobering statistic – such as manufacturing products using more sustainable materials or instituting a well thought out facility recycling program. But is that all that can be done?At TEQ, we think the answer is no.

Not only do we recycle everything from our manufacturing process scrap plastic to corrugated waste, used oil and wood pallets, but we also provide material recommendations to help companies successfully replace current packaging materials with renewable, sustainable, biodegradable and recycled/post-consumer plastics. We have also developed packaging from proprietary materials, such as TEQethylene™ (a recyclable sterile barrier system), to help companies achieve specific sustainability goals. In addition, we have made a variety of facility improvements to increase operational efficiency including:

  • The construction of a second ISO 8 level (Class 100,000) clean room designed to accommodate two state-of-the-art thermoforming lines
  • The addition of a new Kiefel KMD85 all-electric servo motor-driven thermoforming machine, which offers improved process control and safety as well as reduced energy consumption
  • The acquisition of three additional world class Kiefel thermoforming machines with upgraded technology and improved process and material control features

We believe in always searching for innovative solutions, so we didn’t stop there. “Buying locally” can help cut down on processing, packaging and transportation waste, which leads to less pollution – not to mention strengthens the local economy. For this reason, we also:

  • Purchase pallets from local supplier
  • Purchase cartons from local supplier
  • Purchase a majority of our raw materials from suppliers located within a 180-mile radius
  • Partner with local companies for flexible packaging, printed cartons and contract packaging
  • Utilize local logistics providers whenever possible

What about you? What unique steps is your company or business taking for a more sustainable future?

Learn more about our approach to sustainability
Todd McDonald

By Todd McDonald

Todd has over 20 years of industry experience. His diverse work background gives him unique business insight that drives creative and smart solutions.

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