At LINDAR, we continue to push the envelope of thermoforming in everything we do. One way we examine our processes from concept to design to finished product is through the lens of “circular economics.” This helps us focus on developing designs and products that do not lead to further waste and pollution, while keeping materials and products in use.
By contrast, a “linear” economy takes materials, makes single-use products, and when they’ve fulfilled their purpose, they are relegated to landfills.
When examining circular economics within our expertise in manufacturing, we consider the entire life cycle of—not only our plastic products—but also the materials that go into our products and even the type and amount of energy that is used in the production process. What is the best material to make a particular product? We have been transitioning traditional PET to 100% Post-Consumer Recycled PET (PCRPET) this material has already been recycled from curbside collection PET and made back into the containers we sell. Does the design of the part protect the product, and utilize space and transportation efficiently? As the thermoformed product reaches the end of its intended purpose, is it recyclable or suitable for another purpose?
Whether our products are thermoformed packaging or plastic hoods, paint trays or medical components—within circular economics we are led to help reutilize repurposed materials to make our products. The end goal of all our designs and products is to make them durable while in use, reusable when their usefulness has expired, and to participate in the circular supply chain.
We continue our dedication to discovering ways of forming inspiration so our packaging, plastic products, and parts become durable or regenerative over time, rather than disposable.