Wave International takes eco steps for greener manufacturing

Wave International has updated its manufacturing and packaging in an effort to be more environmentally friendly.

With products designed to protect the environment by ensuring no oil, grey or waste water or microplastics are emitted into the world’s oceans and waterways, Wave International has now improved its own impact on the environment within its manufacturing and packaging.

The company has changed its manufacturing so that all the end caps for Wave filters are now made from reliably recycled plastic. Managing director Paul Gullett says: “Our R&D team here in the UK have already reduced use of new plastic, and are now looking at how we can further reduce polypropylenes in many of our future products.” 

Wave International has also removed plastic previously used in product packaging. The company is now using crushed paper within its packaging process, as well as paper box tape to seal its parcels.

In addition, customers now have the option of having replacement cartridges wrapped in paper, rather than plastic.

“We give our customers the choice depending on storage conditions. For example, at sea where they are frequently stored for long periods on vessels, recyclable olefin shrink wrap can be more suitable,” says Gullett.

Paper hardcopy manuals and instructions for Wave products have, in some cases, been completely eradicated and replaced with digital copies, with many of these available from the Wave International website. With new products in development, these will be supplied with links to a dedicated web facility for all product instructions and supplies, further reducing the need for paper usage and waste.

The company says users of Wave products are encouraged to use recycling facilities for the spent filters when they are replaced, ensuring they are disposed of correctly.

The company has also made changes within its own factory, with a new cardboard crusher reducing the volume of factory waste and removing the need for external haulage services to remove packaging.

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