Plastic is an incredibly versatile material with a huge range of applications due to the multiple forms, textures and strengths it can take. There are many positive impacts of plastic on the environment that are generally unrecognised, so here are a couple of benefits that you may be surprised to hear:
The Automotive Industry
Metal replacement programs have drastically improved the fuel efficiency of vehicles, with the most efficient vehicles utilising lightweight plastics to deplete the vehicle weight. It is estimated that every 10% weight decrease results in a 7% decrease in fuel usage. The use of plastic in the automotive industry has not only benefited the environment but has also improved design potential, vehicle safety and vehicle life.
Plastic home insulation cuts a major source of heat loss, with polystyrene widely recognised as an excellent insulating medium. As a lightweight, rigid and cheap plastic material, it is a very immediate and affordable means to fight climate change. The results of a Denkstatt study (2010) showed that the total lifecycle of polystyrene insulation consumes on average 16% less energy and produces 9% less greenhouse gas emissions than other insulation material.
We are very proud to announce that 2 of our TCB-Arrow team have recently completed the Help the Heroes Dawn Raid bike ride! Leaving Horseguards parade at 3.30am, they cycled a total of 100 miles finishing on Southsea sea front. The route took in the breath-taking Box Hill and travelled through Aldershot and even down the runway at RAF Odiham.
Scott Rowell (Mouldshop Manager) and Nick Wright (Project Engineer) have raised £652 so far! This is a huge achievement for a very worthy cause, so well done to them both!
The TCB-Arrow team are excited that our new building extension has been completed! It is 5,000 sq.ft. and over 8m to eaves, making it a huge project which has been progressing from the beginning of the year.
With just the steel framework (below), we could start seeing the potential of the new space, and now that it is finished the extension is even more impressive than we could have hoped!