One of our fastest growing range of products is the ECO RANGE. Our goal is to produce products with the least impact on the environment and can also be returned safely back to nature.
We care about producing greener products, this means foregrounding environmental concerns in the materials we use and their source, the design, the manufacturing process and assembly, distribution and most importantly the recyclability and biodegradable capabilities of products after use.
Rudholm have now developed an Eco Collection which cover many products in our range:
The new Eco Finishes do not use any electroplating during the manufacturing process, this means hazardous chemicals are not used. It is possible to save an estimated 70% on energy and also reducing the amount of water used. All finishes pass the 60°wash test, (see INTERTEK Wash Test Report). With our new Eco Finishes you will be using less energy, chemicals and water than conventional electroplating.
ORGANIC COTTON LABEL
These are made using Organic Cotton with oil-based ink. Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture.
OCEAN WASTE RECYCLED PLASTIC
This uses recycled PA 6 fishing nets that are worn, have been abandoned or have been collected directly from the oceans, minimising the hazard of “Ghost nets”, and reducing the effect on the marine environment. Recycled PA 6 or DEHP from fishing nets means the physical strength is not strong or as fresh as ABS or POM resins, so if necessary, a small amount of natural glass fibres are added for reinforcement purposes.
100% RECYCLED WOVEN YARN LABEL
Made using 100% recycled woven yarn and post-consumer chips. Recycling post-consumer chips like plastic bottles reduces the amount of rubbish and the demand for oil-refined polyester which saves water and energy. Prices will be higher than a normal woven label as the raw material is expensive. Recycled satin woven labels will be duller than a normal satin woven label.
Kraft Card/Paper is made from natural ingredients such as wood pulp, recycled paper or FSC paper and is 100% recyclable and biodegradable. It is low-impact and environmentally friendly whether it’s recycled or sent to a landfill. Kraft paper or card is very versatile and can be made into a whole range products from hang tags to all types of packaging.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifies forests all over the world to ensure they meet the highest environmental and social standards. The FSC label guarantees that the trees it uses are harvested and replaced or allowed to regenerate naturally. We are certified to produce products using FSC paper/card. FSC certification helps forests remain thriving environments for generations to come.
An organic additive is introduced during the manufacturing process that accelerates the biodegradation of treated plastics in anaerobic landfill environments. The end result is the microbes excreting the same waste as organic matter; which is Humus, CO2 and CH4 that can be captured to produce clean, cheap energy. If this organic technology is added to recyclable plastic, it won’t effect its recycling capabilities. The actual rate that the plastic biodegrades depends on the plastic itself and the disposal environment conditions. This makes our plastic perfect for most single use plastics like bags and packaging.
We are always trying to find ways to reduce our impact on the environment and are currently working on the following new product range which is still in the testing stage.
WATER-SOLUBLE HANG TAG WITH WATER-SOLUBLE & BIODEGRADABLE SEAL: Made using Water-Soluble Fibre/Pulp and 100% PVA Seal that dissolves in water after use.
LIQUID WOOD: Made from 100% renewable raw materials which is degradable in anaerobic conditions and in water. This is be a real alternative to plastic garment accessories like buckles, cord locks and cord ends.
Please note: Each Country has different laws on labeling plastics as ‘biodegradable’. Please refer to the country guidelines for consumer packaging laws.