Montebello Packaging has developed high standards of service in regard to our impact on the environment. We are dedicated to finding supplies that are of highest quality understanding that our customers expect the same. Our aluminum is made up of 99.8% pure alloy which allows for a recyclable product rather than waste. The following explains the benefits of both our laminate and aluminum tubes.
Sustainability and Aluminum Tubes
Almost every aluminum product can be commercially (i.e. profitably) recycled at the end of its useful life, without loss of metal quality or properties. The increasing use of recycled aluminum in many applications (up to 60 per cent in vehicles) gives aluminum’s established credibility as a “green” metal a further boost.
Aluminum tubes can be recycled repeatedly, not only into cans, but aluminum foil, plates and pie molds, window frames, garden furniture, automotive and aircraft components, and aluminum engine blocks.
Recycling one kilogram of aluminum can save up to 8 kilograms of bauxite, four kilograms of chemical products and 14-kilowatt hours of electricity. Aluminum requires only 5% of the energy to produce a secondary metal as compared to a primary metal and generates only 5% of the greenhouse gas emissions.
At the current primary aluminum production level, known bauxite reserves will last for hundreds of years. More than 55 per cent of the world’s aluminum production is powered by renewable hydroelectric power. Products made from aluminum can be recycled repeatedly to produce new products. The increasing use of recycled metal saves both energy and mineral resources needed for primary production.
The London Metal exchange quotes aluminum scrap prices.
Aluminum companies have invested in dedicated state of the art secondary metal processing plants to recycle aluminum. Packaging made from aluminum is worth 6 to 20 times more than any other used packaging material.
PCR (Post Consumer Recycled) Aluminum is the only packaging material that more than covers the cost of its own collection and processing at recycling centres. Aluminum helps pay for the Blue Box.
An independent research company conducted a survey in May 2007 showing 88% of consumers consider aluminum tubes to be just as recyclable as cans. Lightweight and compact the aluminum tube also reduces fossil fuel requirements in shipping.
Sustainability and Laminate Tubes
Laminate tubes are made from multiple layers of different materials (e.g. HDPE, EVOH, Aluminum) that provide an excellent lightweight barrier, which protects the contents from oxygen, bacteria and UV degradation.
Laminate tubes can be printed directly reducing the need for separate labeling. The stand-up cap and the robust, ‘bounce back’ memory of the laminate tube eliminates the need for a secondary retail box.
Mater carton requirements are also reduced as the compact, shatterproof tubes transport in lighter weight corrugated shippers than glass or cans.
Compact tubes not only keep energy requirements down during transportation but also when refrigeration is required.
Re-sealable tubes reduce waste as the content of the tubes can be protected and fully used.
Due to the multi-layer nature of the laminate tube it is not readily recyclable at this time. At the end of their lifecycle collapsible tubes are a low volume inert landfill or a high value BTU contributor to a recovery of energy facility.