Sustainable Opportunities: What is it made of?

MK Electric aims to maximise the use of recycled materials in its products. The company’s long term policy of sourcing recycled PVCu for Cable Management means that systems such as Prestige 3D offer the most recycled content of comparable systems on the market. Across the entire Cable Management range, the recycled content of extrusions is 90%*.

The use of recycled uPVC, which is made from waste, off-cuts and bar lengths collected from fabricators in the window industry, supports MK’s commitment to sustainability in two ways; it diverts over 5,000 tonnes of material destined for landfill and prevents the equivalent tonnage of new virgin material being produced with the associated savings in energy, providing a 94% saving in carbon dioxide emissions compared to production of virgin PVC polymer.

The RoHS Directive and the UK RoHS regulations came into force on 1 July 2006, and were updated again in 2008, and are concerned with the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment. These Regulations implement EU Directive 2002/95 which bans the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants. After consultation it was established that a vast majority of products within the MK portfolio fell outside of the scope of the regulations, that is they were not effected by this new regulation. However, at MK our product development engineers are working to ensure our products carry the lowest possible risk to health and the environment. As such, MK Electric are working towards making all products voluntarily RoHS compliant.

The REACH Regulations (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals), which came into force in June 2007, are also concerned with the use of Chemicals in products and their effect on health and the environment. All MK products have been confirmed as being REACH compliant, and contain no ‘Substance of Very High Concern’.