Innovating and investing
Dijkstra Plastics has been innovating and investing in sustainable products and processes right from the very start of its incorporation. We are very aware of the responsibility we have for placing plastic packaging products on the market. That is why we take measures to keep the impact of our packaging on the environment as responsible as possible.
Depending on the specific applications, products are developed with minimum use of materials as well as the lowest possible energy consumption. We use polypropylene as our main raw material, a material that is 100% recyclable
And we increasingly use recycled material for applications outside the food sector.
We extend sustainability throughout our policy. For example, various employees are already driving electric cars, we are considering energy consumption when purchasing machines and we are looking for new, sustainable solutions for products, offices and people every day.
Our three pillars
The development and application of new production techniques and efficient production processes result in less and less energy consumption. The processes have been optimised in detail and new opportunities are seized. For example, when investing in new injection moulding machines, we always achieve significant improvements in energy consumption.
Within the framework of our sustainability policy, the use of recycled raw materials has become a key focus. PCR (Post Consumer Recycled) is recycled polypropylene that is made from used plastic packaging material from consumers and businesses that has been collected via return and collection systems. After collection, this stream is further processed into polypropylene granules by the recycling companies through sorting, separating and washing. We subsequently use that granulate in our production processes. In addition, we reduce waste in our own plant to a minimum. This is achieved thanks to a sophisticated product design for each application, as well as through a production process with a minimum loss of material. Any material that is lost will be recycled again. This ensures that no material is wasted, regardless of the product we make.
Our 2021 objective is to ensure that 20% of our raw materials used are accounted for by PCR. By 2025, that share must have grown to a minimum of 35%.
We reduce the amount of CO2 emitted for each product through efficient production processes, efficient logistics and the use of recycled raw materials. Effective packaging, the use of return systems and transport with maximum use of loading space further contribute to this. The use of our own extra-long trucks is a textbook example of this. They are all measures that each contribute to achieving a highly efficient logistics process and therefore a reduction in CO2 emissions.
Since responsible manufacturing is of paramount importance at Dijkstra Plastics, we are keen to contribute to initiatives that can support us and in which we can bring added value. Our objective is to increase our influence in the world of packaging, while reducing the impact our packaging has on our environment.
New website: Dijkstra Plastics has decided to renew its online presence and to further intensify it
Since the acquisition of HK Plastics in 2016, two separate websites have been kept online: both the Dijkstra Plastics website and the HK Plastics website. In the beginning, this was important to guarantee the continuity of receiving and welcoming visitors. Later on, however, with the further integration of the two companies, it was decided to work towards a single website.
Plastic Pact: Dijkstra Plastics joins the Plastic Pact initiative
Here at Dijkstra Plastics, we have been processing plastics for many decades, especially polypropylene (PP). Based on these experiences, we know that plastics are a collection of strong, light and flexible materials that can be easily applied. The use of plastics brings a lot of comfort and convenience to our daily lives.
The number of requests coming in at Dijkstra Plastics have been growing in recent years. Part of these requests involved low-quantity purchases, which we were unable to deal with. After identifying this growing opportunity, we started to explore the possibility of setting up a web shop to be able to provide even more users with our packaging buckets.
The 2021 Interpack trade fair can be visited in Düsseldorf from 25 February to 3 March 2021. Here at Dijkstra Plastics, the preparations for this event are in full swing. Interpack is the event where packaging takes centre stage. Machine manufacturers, raw material suppliers and packaging manufacturers will all be present during this international trade fair, showcasing a variety of their products and accessories.
The Plastic Pact NL is an initiative of the Dutch government that consists of a platform of parties engaged in one-off plastic products and packaging. Under the Raw Materials Agreement and the Circular Economy Implementation Programme, knowledge and solutions are shared within this climate-challenging sector. Participating parties include supermarkets, brand owners, manufacturers of plastics and packaging, environmental organisations, recycling companies and many other organisations.
We are keen to take our responsibility in this way and therefore endorse our commitment to constructive solutions within our chain. By taking the necessary measures in our and comparable packaging companies, we want to bring about change and contribute to a circular packaging chain.View certificate
100% green electricity
Dijkstra Plastics started using green electricity in 2018. Due to the high consumption of energy during the production process, we have actively been looking for improvement. In addition to the lower energy consumption of the machines, which are subject to continuous innovation, the necessary supply of energy must be reliable.
Although normally, a switch to green electricity is easy to achieve, it is a more complex step for Dijkstra Plastics. Our production capacity of more than 60 injection moulding machines requires a substantial energy package, one that provides a suitable solution. Since 2020, we can proudly say that production operates on 100% green energy and that we have taken the necessary steps in achieving responsible production.View certificate
The British Retail Consortium (BRC)introduced this certification programme in 1998. The programme focuses on food safety and quality within an organisation. A company is tested on more than 300 aspects to check to what extent it meets the standard that is set. A rating indicates to what degree a company complies with the GSFI-recognised standard of the BRC.
Aspects such as traceability, cleanliness, operational control, training and management of suppliers are included, which together form the basis of the BRC. Thanks to the name that the BRC has built up, it has been a reputable name in the world of certification programmes for years and we are proud to be able to show our results within this programme.View certificate
The FSSC 22000 Standard has been created through Stichting Certificatie Voedselveiligheid (SCV). As a food-oriented version of the ISO 22000 Standard, this certification programme has been set up as a global guideline in food safety and quality within various industries. This standard is aimed at the entire production chain and as such, it is ideally suited for international harmonisation, partly thanks to the recognition by the GFSI. In addition to its connection with ISO 22000, the FSSC 22000 has many comparisons with the HACCP criteria, making it an attractive variant with the best of both worlds from these programmes. Thanks to the internationally accepted nature of the FSSC and the chain-wide approach within this certification programme, we recognise a strong food safety management system in this standard.View certificate
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