As manufacturers, DPI UK Ltd is very much aware of its responsibilities when it comes to recycling and sustainability. We are always trying to improve our green credentials and take advice from suppliers on the best products to help us do this.
Below is an overview of the components we use and how we are trying to ensure that they come from a sustainable source and / or can be recycled after use.
This process is very much reliant on the fact that our customers and clients recycle our
The fabrics we use to print have been evolving at breakneck speed. For instance, there is currently a product that is produced from yarn made from recycled plastic bottle waste. Fabricating yarn from plastic waste involves the collection of pre and post-consumer plastics. Bottles are cleaned, sorted, shredded into flakes and then converted into pellets, which are melted into extruded fibres.
As well as this, the use of fabric allows imagery to be stored and reused as well as negating the need for fitters having to travel to site every time an image requires changing.
DPI will ensure we can offer the most up to date and environmentally friendly solutions as possible.
Most packing materials (bubble wrap and protective edging) can be recycled but we must rely on the recipient to ensure that this is done through the correct channels.
DPI is researching more compostable products to eliminate this risk and we use cardboard cartons wherever possible. There is however a fine balance between recyclability and the product doing the job it is intended to, that is to protect the product and avoid damage during transit.
Technology moves fast in the LED and electronics sector. DPI wants to remain at the forefront of technology, not just because of the quality and longevity of the product but also because it takes less and less LEDS to illuminate a lightbox as LEDS become more efficient at spreading their light.
Less LEDs mean less product and less power consumption. DPI works with the UKs foremost supplier of LED technology to ensure that we take advantage of all new advancements in the industry.
One of the main components we use in the production of the Lumina range is aluminium composite material (ACM), A substrate that can be printed on but also forms a rigid surface onto which we mount or LED technology for use in our lightboxes. It consists of two aluminium sheets, typically 0.3mm thick.
These sheets sandwich a solid polyethylene core. This product is completely recyclable
We buy the aluminium profiles we use to build our display frames in 6.15 metre lengths. We cut the profile into the lengths we require and all offcuts and swarf are collected from us and recycled monthly. Once our lightboxes have outlived their use with the client, the profile can easily be recycled time and time again without loss of properties.
Additionally, we are now having our first profiles extruded here in the UK to cut down on shipping from Europe.
Brexit has focused many UK manufacturers’ minds on the source of the materials they use. One of the benefits of looking more locally is the fact that the journey from supplier to factory is less environmentally impactful.
DPI is a long way down the road to ensuring that 100% of our supply chain is UK based.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations (2013) became law in the UK on 1 January 2014 and replaced the WEEE Regulations 2006
These Regulations refer to the government’s interpretation of the EU Directive 2012/19/EU. The purpose of the Directive was to set targets for the collection, recovery and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment across Europe and divert volumes of waste electrical equipment from landfill. The legislation places the onus on producers to be responsible for their items when they become waste.
The UK regulations require businesses to:
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Another learning curve was brought to us courtesy of COVID 19. The boom in remote video call technology has changed the way we work. We now know that even after the pandemic has eased, the new technology we have employed (video screens and comms applications like Zoom) will remain in place. This means a lot less of our employers will be hitting the road each day, in fact, all staff apart from those working in the factory, have the option and the equipment to work from home if they prefer.