The manufacturing process today is a very different one from the time when Henry Ford stockpiled raw materials at one end of the factory and drove Model Ts out the other. Labor-intensive work such as assembling small components is performed in a country where labor is cheap (China, for example), the components are assembled and packaged in a closer low-cost country like Mexico whose proximity keeps transportation costs for the finished goods down, then the final product is shipped to a central warehouse and distribution center (in the US, in this case) and ultimately shipped to distributors and retailers around the world.
In each part of the process, goods need to be packaged and shipped, sometimes in ships, sometimes in aircraft, sometimes by rail or truck. The packaging required to move the product from point A to point B is different at each step and the costs of returning it (if it is even reusable) are prohibitive. That leaves the company with only two options: throw it away or recycle it.
Repsco is working towards global innovations in recycling; plastic waste management systems, rules, and policies, as well as ethical practices for recycled plastics amid COVID-19; impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on medical plastics waste and finding solutions to challenges. We do our part to support a circular economy today and into the future. A circular economy is different from our typical linear economy because it takes consumables and turns them into new goods and resources that fit right into the circular economy initiative. Repsco has built our business on the circular economy principle by partnering with a recycling plant right next to our manufacturing center. This partnership ensures all of our material comes from recycled plastic consumables and we are able to pass savings to our customers because they are right next door so we save on shipping costs.