23 Jan Sustainability Trends in Modern Plastic Injection Molding Services
Sustainability Trends in Modern Plastic Injection Molding Services
Sustainability has taken center stage in many of today’s manufacturing industries, and the injection molding sector is no exception. Modern sustainability initiatives can generally be seen as twofold: the manufacturing process should minimize all waste and inefficiency, while the products themselves (and supply chain that supports them) should generate the minimum carbon footprint possible. No easy task in a global market…
However, rising to the new challenges of an eco-friendly industry, American injection molding companies especially are adopting new, innovative technologies, materials and processes that minimize our environmental impacts. Enter SRC Plastics, one of the New England region’s leading contract plastic molders.
How Injection Molding Is Becoming More Eco-Friendly and Sustainable:
Biodegradable Plastics and Bio-Based Polymers
The shift towards biodegradable and bio-based polymers is a departure from traditional fossil fuel-derived plastics, which tend to carry a much heavier environmental impact. Injection molding companies like SRC increasingly utilize materials sourced from renewable resources such as corn starch, sugarcane, and other agricultural by-products, offering a more environmentally friendly alternative.
Across virtually all product categories, there is a growing interest in using biodegradable materials as an alternative to traditional petroleum-based plastics. These renewable, eco-friendly injection molding materials take a large step toward the industry’s future sustainability.
Recycled Plastics and Closed-Loop Manufacturing Systems
In addition to bio-based plastics, otherwise recyclable plastics are on the rise. Post-consumer and post-industrial recycled plastics help reduce the demand for virgin materials and decrease the overall environmental impact of plastic raw material production.
Taking the recycling commitment a step further, today’s injection molding companies increasingly employ close-loop systems within their facilities. Essentially, close-loop production allows for the collection and recycling of virtually all scrap and waste materials generated during the injection molding process. This not only reduces waste and environmental impact but also lowers your material costs.
Energy-Efficient Equipment and Lean Manufacturing
Modern injection molding machines aren’t what they used to be…but that’s a good thing. Today’s molding equipment is overall much more accurate, reliable, and efficient – both in terms of material use and energy expenditure.
At SRC Plastics, we’re focused on improving the total efficiency of our injection molding services to further minimize our carbon footprint. This includes using energy-efficient machinery, optimizing our production processes, and incorporating supporting facility technologies that reduce our overall energy consumption.
Design for Manufacturability and Sustainability
Behind every successful injection molding project is a carefully engineered product design. Designing products with sustainability in mind is an increasingly crucial aspect of the plastic injection molding process. Engineering products for manufacturability and sustainability involves creating designs that are relatively simple to produce (i.e. as simple as possible), easier to recycle, and require minimal material expenditure over the entire lifetime of the product.
Quality American Injection Molding Services Since 1972
For more than half a century, SRC Plastics has remained one of Massachusetts’ leading injection molding companies for the food and beverage sector and beyond. We provide reliable American manufacturing services for virtually any molded plastic food products with a focus on better quality and better sustainability.