Taplast: the butterfly effect

The Butterfly effect encapsulates the idea of how micro changes in an initial situation (like the flapping of a butterfly’s wings) in a complex system, is able to set in motion a chain of events that may have both positive or negative long-reach consequences

Taplast has always been at the forefront of environmental issues

Since 1995 we have adopted an eco-friendly approach, primarily designing an AllPlastic Pump with minimum environmental impact. Our products are also firmly grounded in sustainability using recyclable materials and components reduced in number and weight. This eco-friendly attitude is verified by thirteen national and international awards won over the last fifteen years for sustainability.

Today our internal environmental policies provide:

  1. We separate – waste sorting in every factories
  2. We educate – people about waste segregation or recovery
  3. We recycle – materials and equipment
  4. We reuse – always when it makes sense
  5. We do not waste – paying great attention to the 5Whys
  6. We choose suppliers who operate in an environmentally sustainable way
  7. We innovate by reducing the footprint of every new products

The benefit produced in Europe is significant: since 1997 to the present day over 830 million All Plastic Pumps have been sold and as most of these replaced metal spring pumps on existing brands that means an overall reduction of 5.053 tons of CO2 in the period. Wow! That’s a good news for the environment!

“We are now applying this method of calculation to all our products including the estimated calculation of CO2 emissions in the design phase of each new product and introducing corrective solutions, when is necessary, to make our dispensers more sustainable”.

“The changes required to build a sustainable future together are enormous but not impossible. We must do as the butterfly and its beating wings: it’s in constant interaction with the environment, exchanges information and energy to live and grow. So, every conscious person is challenged to make his change, where is located. And, since we are all part of an integrated system, the change of an element involves all the other parts of the system. So everyone is important and through each of us passes the energy of the great turning point.

Evans Santagiuliana – Past President and Founder

OUR PRODUCT LIFE CYCLE

OUR CONTRIBUTES TO CO2 REDUCTION

Materials

  • weight reduction
  • easy recyclability with the use of polyolefins only
  • bio materials

Processes

  • materials waste management
  • logistic – supply chain integration and flow
  • production – energy and technology

Design

  • Here is the core of the process where is possible Pre-reduce, Pre-Reuse and Pre-Recycle.
  • Only through design capabilities it’s possible use less resources and create consumer and environmental conditions to reduce disposals at the end of lifecycle.

COMPETENCE IN CARBON FOOTPRINT

Taplast has added the calculation of CO2 emissions as a fundamental requirement in the criteria applied in the design of its products.

In collaboration with Giovanni Dotelli, Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering “Giulio Natta” at Milan Polytechnic, a model has been developed specifically for the calculation of CO2 emissions produced by dispensing systems based on the LCA (Life Cycle Analysis) methodology, according to criteria set out in the ISO 14040 standard and converted in CO2 emissions following IPPC tables.

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