Along with all packaging materials Polythene is seen as somewhat wasteful and damaging to the environment. The reality is the exact opposite. At Xtex we ensure that we also operate in an environmentally friendly way.

The Environment

Packaging contains and protects goods in transit. Once the packaging has done that job, the consumer throws it away and therefore sees it as a part of a waste stream and part of the wider environmental problem.

Polythene packaging is the most lightweight and durable material capable of properly protecting the goods that consumers need. Without it, the damage to our environment from unnecessary spoilage and waste would be far worse.

Packaging reduction, recycling and biodegradable plastics are of increasing interest to our customers and the general public.

A large proportion of the polythene used can have a second use after fulfilling its original purpose of packaging, either through being recycled or converted to energy-from-waste, bringing additional environmental benefits

Polythene is often criticised because it is seen as a product that does not biodegrade. However, recent advances in technology now allow the production of polythene that is degradable.

The primary raw material of polythene is made from naphtha gas, one of a number of by-products produced from the petroleum refinery process when distilling crude oil. Only 3% of the world’s supply of oil is used to make all plastic packaging.

Our products and processes are environmentally friendly, whilst meeting the practical needs of consumers and society. We comply fully with current legislative requirements, and we constantly monitor our processes to eliminate any unnecessary waste or by-products.