Getting to the core of sustainability.
Recycled plastics have always presented a dilemma for companies, since it’s historically been impossible to create a product that contains both a significant percentage of recycled material and still looks good. Usually products made of recycled plastic material come in either black, or a rather drab shade of brown. The reason is that by the time you have enough recycled material in the plastic to make an environmental impact, it’s no longer possible to make it “pretty.” It has a rough texture and a dark color that can only be dyed or painted over, resulting in an ever-darker color.
For years, aesthetics have been the enemy of recycling. Well-intentioned companies and municipalities have been forced to pass over recycled options because they have to protect their brand and offer their consumers an attractive product.
Until Rehrig Pacific decided to change all that.
By leveraging our extensive industry knowledge, expertise of recycled plastics, and know-how of cutting-edge injection molding techniques, Rehrig pioneered our proprietary co-injection technology to create a product containing optimal levels of recycled plastic without sacrificing product strength or aesthetic appeal.
Our co-injection molding solution allows us to sandwich up to 40% recycled material within a virgin plastic shell.
Our co-injection molding solution allows us to sandwich up to 40% recycled material within a virgin plastic shell. The shell can be colored like any other Rehrig Pacific product to meet our customers’ exact brand specifications, and the product is visibly and physically indistinguishable from non-recycled counterparts. The result is a product that substantially reduces your environmental footprint, while taking used and discarded plastic out of landfills and returning them to use.
The idea sounds easy in theory, but until Rehrig developed the technology it was widely considered impossible. But impossible is where we thrive. Thanks to Rehrig engineers, impossible is now possible, and a dilemma is now a no-brainer. You can have a 40% recycled cart that looks beautiful and will stand up to years of use. That’s a win-win-win.