The seal of sustainability Reduce, re-use, recycle

In an age where we’re all looking to use less plastic, we take our responsibility to the planet very seriously. We’re passionate about reducing the amount of plastic that is used in the first place.

Start by using less resources

Our seals on average are a fifth the mass of a rigid plastic clip seal. That’s 5 times less plastic before we even start looking at how to collect, recycle and re-use it. This means that if you’re sealing 15 million bags per year on one sealing machine, you’d use less 2.3 metric tons of plastic or 4.65 US tons with our tape seals over a rigid plastic clip. Then add in the reduced costs for transport and storage and you can see that it’s a significant benefit.

Our passion means that we campaign to find new ways to collect, re-use and recycle as well as educating the consumer via BreadBagRecycling.org and working closely with food producers, supermarkets and environmental groups such as WRAP and the Plastics Pact

Our R&D program is constantly looking at re-inventing how we design, produce and sell products as well as re-thinking how we use and consume materials. We’re re-defining what’s possible in tape sealing via pioneering new partnerships with the plastic film manufacturers.

Working towards a

circular economy

We all know that the days of single-use plastic are rightly numbered. We want every piece to have as many uses as possible and everything we do is aimed at working within the circular economy, to re-design re-use and recycle. We also know that plastic has a role to play in maintaining freshness and therefore reducing food waste – it’s a huge balancing act. We Seal are playing their part in this challenge, it’s in our company ethos and we continue to strive to improve and deliver long term sustainability in bag sealing. We will keep updating you and our website on our progress.

Proven to seal.
Re-seal. Recycle.

Our tape is made of polypropylene which is an easily-recycled plastic. We know this because polypropylene is already recycled and we’ve had our tapes tested by many plastic recycling companies.
In the real world, our seals are attached to a polythene bread bag. Although this means that PP, PE or LDPE plastics are effectively mixed, our tape is so small that it doesn’t compromise the ability to recycle the polythene. Our tape is coated with an adhesive that allows the seal to be opened and resealed 50+ times before the integrity of the seal and adhesive starts to decline. This resealability means that the food product can stay fresher for longer, reducing food waste too. Reassuringly this adhesive on the tape does not compromise it’s recyclability with either.
You can be confident our tape seals are 100% recyclable

But why not remove plastic altogether?

While our tape seals and sealing machines are designed to work with paper bags, paper has inherent issues for sustainability, which are well documented. That’s why we still believe bagging bread in a polythene bag with our taped seal is the OPTIMAL method to maintain freshness.
It makes food last longer, increases the chances of the full loaf being eaten and reduces food waste. And when you consider that food waste is the single biggest contributor to climate control that has to be a good thing.

Responsible working as standard

Being environmentally aware is an integral part of our DNA. Our field engineers all use PHEV or EV vehicles to minimise carbon emissions and we have installed charging points in our car park, for both company and private cars to use. To reduce our commercial impact on the environment further, we are also part of the Cycle to Work scheme and one third of our workforce are members.

But why not remove plastic altogether?

While our tape seals and sealing machines are designed to work with paper bags, paper has inherent issues for sustainability, which are well documented. That’s why we still believe bagging bread in a polythene bag with our taped seal is the OPTIMAL method to maintain freshness.
It makes food last longer, increases the chances of the full loaf being eaten and reduces food waste. And when you consider that food waste is the single biggest contributor to climate control that has to be a good thing.

Responsible working as standard

Being environmentally aware is an integral part of our DNA. Our field engineers all use PHEV or EV vehicles to minimise carbon emissions and we have installed charging points in our car park, for both company and private cars to use. To reduce our commercial impact on the environment further, we are also part of the Cycle to Work scheme and one third of our workforce are members.

Spreading the word
one seal at a time

Our vision for a more sustainable way of working is long-term, but we can’t do it alone. That’s why we work collaboratively with our recycling partners, WRAP and Recycle Now, to improve our processes.

We’re also working on initiatives to encourage retailers and manufacturers to collect bread bags with our seal attached, and inform and educate consumers about bread bag collection and recycling at BreadBagRecycling.org

Recycling the
non-recyclable

To help recycle the non-recyclable, we have also become a Terracycle collection station and have invested in ISO 14001:2015 environmental management accreditation. We also offer an ‘end of life’ service for machines where we will remove and recycle machines to save you the hassle and to ensure they are full recycled wherever possible.
These initiatives ensure that the waste we produce from both film and adhesive is recycled.