We’ve been plastic free since 1976.
And we’re not going to stop there.
As a packaging manufacturer and carton board packaging printers, we recognise that all operations within our company have an effect on the local, regional and global environment.
As a company, we aim to provide our customers with quality packaging, an efficient and reliable service, whilst maintaining strong environmental practices.
When you work with Priory Press Packaging, you can be assured that we aim to be environmentally friendly in all aspects of producing and manufacturing your packaging in order to minimise any adverse environmental effects caused as a result of our activities.
The board we use for our printing is FSC certified and is manufactured from sustainable stocks.
FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.
Chemistry Free & Fully Recyclable Plates
Printing plates are used to transfer an image to paper or other substances. Ink is applied to the plate’s image area and transferred directly to the paper.
Typically, this was achieved using photochemical processes.
PPP adopted a Thermal Imaging process that eliminates all chemical processing from our plates.
They are also recycled after use.
Inks & Sealants
At Priory Press Packaging, we use natural vegetable-based inks. As opposed to traditional petroleum-based ink, vegetable-based inks are more environmentally friendly, may provide more accurate colours, and make it easier to recycle paper.
The energy used to power our machinery comes from renewable sources, namely wind power. Our energy provider Go Power NI represents a cost saving to Priory Press Packaging compared to fossil fuel-based power.
Through the Carbon Trust, we have installed low LED lighting on our whole production floor which is more energy efficient and less harmful to the environment.
We operate an internal waste recycling plan which has reduced our waste disposal costs significantly.
All dry goods including paper, plastics, metal, cartons and laminated print are recycled.
The waste created from our end product is typically Grade A material which can be reused. In addition, all our pallets that are reusable are collected regularly.
Our food packaging is fully recyclable, biodegradable and compostable after use by the consumer.
Cardboard is a good component to use in the developing area of waste to energy: creating fuels and power from waste products.
It releases twice as much heat per pound of waste, compared to other sources, doesn’t release toxic poisons, and its only by-product is ash.
Packaging that has been foiled can be recycled. Our foil supplier Foilco have researched the effects of foil when printed on paper, cartons and board.
The findings indicate that the hot stamping foil content of the printed product has no detrimental effect on the ability to recycle the packaging.
The foil content of most printed items is less than the ink.
We have trialled compostable window patch film and have now adopted it for some of our customers.
UV Varnish / Spot UV
Packaging that has been finished with UV Varnish / Spot UV is not currently biodegradable.