Australia's First Carbon Neutral Plastics Factory
Ant Packaging is proud to be the first in our industry to offset our footprint and be carbon neutral. We are constantly taking steps to reduce our electricity consumption through the implementation of new technology (for instance, sine wave power factor correction) and we are working on improving our efficiencies in production and distribution.
Effective Tuesday 10 June 2008 Ant Packaging Pty Ltd became Australia’s first Carbon Neutral plastics manufacturer. We have calculated our business’ emissions and have offset them with government certified carbon abatement projects.
At Ant Packaging we recognize there is a perception that plastics manufacturing is considered harmful to the environment. The reality is that plastics are a effective use of a waste product from the energy resource production process that would otherwise be released to harm the ozone layer. However, we acknowledge that we use energy; therefore we generate greenhouse gas emissions and thus are a contributor to climate change.
We take our responsibility seriously enough to have done something about it!
Each year we commission local Byron Bay company Cool Planet to prepare calculations for the carbon emissions associated with our business operations. The results are published under the guidelines of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol which is the most widely used international accounting tool for building credible and effective programs for tackling climate change.
Cool Planet calculates our emissions to include electricity consumption, office supplies, product distribution, plane transport and staff transport.
That total is offset by the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates from Greenpower approved generators and Carbon Offsets from projects accredited by the Australian Government’s Greenhouse Friendly program. The projects include the design and installation of Photovoltaic Stand Alone Power Supply systems (solar panels) in the Byron Shire and the Regional Resource Recovery Centre in Western Australia which diverts household rubbish from landfill to compost. This project won a Greenhouse Challenge Plus award for outstanding achievement in greenhouse gas abatement.
Ant Packaging will continue to strive to be pro-active in its business practices. Becoming the first carbon neutral plastics factory in Australia is a positive step forward in helping to address the effects our industry has on climate change.
Ant Packaging is also developing expertise in manufacturing jars,
caps and bottles from the new biodegradable, compostable plastics derived from sustainable
Plastic Bottles, Aromatherapy Bottles, Cosmetics Bottles and Recyclable PET Plastic
Small and industrious an Ant is a hard working species, extremely strong, with the
ability to lift up to twenty times its body weight; very sociable, working exceptionally
well together as a team; considered one of the most successful species on earth;
naturally adaptable; found all over the world, often in the most unexpected places.
Ant Packaging was established in 1997 by Tony Margan and John Clark formerly of
Ruskin Plastics, Lismore. Tony and John have a combined successful plastic industry
experience of more than 30 years. Prior to Ruskin, Tony Margan worked for Colgate-Palmolive
to General Manager level for over 10 years.
Employees are hand selected to complement the skills and commitment of the owners.
Many of our employees have been with us from the start.
The owners of Ant Packaging are focussed on being the best manufacturer of extremely
high quality plastic bottles for the cosmetics, aromatherapeutic and other industries