Our Capi Tutch range is made from 100% recyclable material, and we manufacture it in our own factory in the Netherlands. The material comprises various types of polyethylene and can be recycled. The outer layer also contains timber, with 15 to 20% woodchip from FSC-certified wood waste. This lends the Tutch collection its natural and robust look, making the pot hard to differentiate from real stone.
Any Tutch pots that fail and spares following quality tests are collated and cut back down. The compounder then turns them into new material, which can then be used to create new pots. What we are now doing with these pots is a great example of how the circular economy works. The circular economy is an economic system whereby the use of raw materials is maximised and value reduction is prevented. The aim is ultimately to eliminate waste production. To turn today’s products into tomorrow’s raw materials.
Our Tutch collection is based on polyethylene and only contains carbon and hydrogen atoms. Complete incineration in a waste incineration installation produces only non-toxic carbon dioxide and water. The incineration of polythene therefore does not impose an immediate threat to people or the environment. Polyethylene is also easy to recycle. Broadly speaking, you have three sources of polyethylene:
- Recycled polyethylene;
- Organic polyethylene based on slaughterhouse waste or roadside grass.
The flow of recycled polyethylene is a mix of all different sorts of polyethylene. Capi Europe has carried out a range of experiments in this respect, but this raw material lacks essential properties that would enable us to safeguard the quality of our pots. Capi Europe has even experimented with organic polyethylene; we already have a number of pots made from renewables. These do not place a burden on the environment, but the flip side is that it is extremely expensive to produce such pots. In our experience, the consumer is generally speaking not yet ready for this.
Our society is becoming increasingly mobile. We ourselves often travel by car, train, bus, boat or aeroplane. But almost all the products we use are transported as well. All this transport, which annually adds up to billions of kilometres, has a negative impact in terms of environmental problems, including noise nuisance, acidification and the greenhouse effect.
We manufacture our Tutch collection in our own country and distribute it primarily in Europe alone. This means that with this range, we are able to dramatically reduce our impact on the environment compared with our other collections, which are still being produced in China. Our ultimate aim is to return our complete production to the Netherlands, or to use manufacturing facilities within our sales markets.
With declining oil reserves and global warming, Capi Europe recognises that it needs to work towards as green a policy as possible. This means we will continue to focus on recycling existing plastics and reducing our ecological footprint. Capi Europe ultimately aims to operate as a 100% circular economy.
We are constantly seeking ways to save the environment, and will keep you updated with every development. Tips and recommendations are always welcome!