At Black Fly we understand that as we continue to grow, so will our Environmental Footprint. Reducing that environmental footprint through good business practices and a host of green initiatives is a key value of Black Fly Beverage Company.
LOCAL: Black Fly Bottles are made locally in Ontario. These bottles are made from PET 1, the most recyclable plastic currently used in this industry. Our bottles are only 40 grams when empty which is 6 times lighter than a traditional glass bottle. This means the transportation of our products results in less Green House Gases (Co2 emissions). Black Fly bottles are strong and unbreakable making these bottles a safe choice in environments where broken glass poses a problem.
RECYCLABLE: Our bottles are also much easier to break down during recycling requiring less energy to shred PET then to melt glass. Black Fly's single use bottles are not necessarily single use! Our bottles actually have a much longer life span as recycled materials then as Black Fly bottles. The deposit programs implemented by our retail partners ensures a high rate of customer return and therefore recycling than other bottles and plastics that have no return monetary value to consumers. Black Fly bottles work their way through The Beer Store's recycling system in Ontario, ending up at a Canadian recycling business where they are then sold to companies that make car parts, clothing and other plastics.
REDUCED PACKAGING DESIGNS: Black Fly's 4 pack carriers were designed to reduced packaging using the least amount of corrugate possible while remaining compliant with industry packaging standards for crush testing and tamperproof packaging. Our open sided carriers allow consumers to easily see our products, while providing a sturdy consumer carrying container. Black Fly uses less corrugate then traditional top-open and closed containers. Black Fly 4-packs have a unique locking design which utilizes a glue-less closure system.
Biodegradable Shrink Wrap
GREEN SHRINK: Black Fly's newest Green initiative is implementing the use of biodegradable Shrink Wrap within its plant and encouraging its trade partners to do the same. Full conversion to Green Shrink Wrap is slated for 2012 (both in shipping out Black Fly products and receiving pallets from Black Fly's suppliers). Black Fly receives and ships tens of thousands of shrinkwrapped pallets per year. Our biodegradable shrink wrap program is making a difference.
PLA CUPS: In an effort to reduce waste at events and trade shows, in 2009 Black Fly sourced a biodegradable sampling cup and has since used 3oz PLA corn based biodegradable cups, for all sample tastings and 16oz biodegradable cups for sale events. Shortly thereafter Black Fly converted a major industry sampling company to make the switch over to Black Fly's green supplier and start using these cups for all of their tasting jobs and events.
Recycling at the Black Fly Plant
RECYCLING: Black Fly's team is committed to reducing waste at all levels, from staff sorting and recycling any business materials that do not have bins within our industrial area, to larger initiatives that involve large recycling companies. Bottles, Corrugate and Shipping Containers at Black Fly are all recyclable. All of these raw materials are recyclable after use. Black Fly uses a local recycling business to support its programs, and commends its staff for initiating and committing to these green programs.