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How Northern Arb Supplies Are Combating Single-Use Plastic In Arboriculture

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It sometimes seems that plastic is everywhere, and in everything! Unfortunately, products supplied in the tree surgeon industry are also victim to the use of single-use plastics. As a result, we are introducing a brand-new service for refilling your empty containers with premium Rotatech chainsaw oil. For instance, simply bring your old container and we’ll refill it with our premium Rotatech chainsaw oil at £24.99 for 25 Litres of Oil, that’s just under £1 per Litre! Most importantly you can do your bit for the planet and kick the overuse of plastic in our industry, by moving to an eco-friendlier way of purchasing your chainsaw oil.

What are single-use plastics?

Single-use plastics are typically only used once within their lifetime. These plastics end up either recycled or in most cases end up in a landfill.

Single-use plastics are used in everyday products from food packaging to water bottles and straws. They are also present within our own industry, with single-use plastics used in the production of most chainsaw oil containers and other packaging. Current research suggests 350 million tons of plastic are being produced in the UK. Consequently, only a small percentage is of this is recycled, with a large amount finding its way into our waters and oceans. It is estimated 8 million tons of plastic wash into the ocean each year in the UK. Many experts suggest this amount will be doubled by 2025.

Plastics are not biodegradable and will break down into small particles across many years. As a result, toxic additives used in the manufacturing process are released into the environment. These particles ultimately find their way into our food and water sources. Furthermore, these toxins can lead to increased rates of cancer, infertility and birth defects throughout our populations and communities.

By reducing your single-use plastic consumption by using our chainsaw oil refill service, we can massively impact the number of plastics finding their way into our environments from our industry.

Reuse your container and refill with Rotatech chainsaw oil!

The 3 R’s of recycling is to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Recycling is the final process in keeping these plastic products away from landfill. First of all, you can reduce and reuse your current plastic containers for your oil refills. This is the best way to ensure these products have minimal impact on our environment. Unfortunately, there are no plastic alternatives used in our industry to supply chainsaw oil in biodegradable containers. However, through conducting market research with real tree surgeons, we identified the demand for a refill service for existing chainsaw oil containers.

We are offering this chainsaw oil refill service from our store in Sheffield to help address the issue. As a result, we hope to reduce the amount of single-use plastic being used in the purchase of our Rotatech chainsaw oil. Containers aren’t limited to your old Rotatech bottle, simply bring any container you currently use to store oil and we can refill this at a fantastic price of £24.99 of 25 Litres!

This service will be available from Wednesday 14th August. We also have a  new opening time from 7:30 a.m. so you can collect your oil first thing and start your day right with Northern Arb Supplies.

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