Aftermarket manufacturers tend to package many of their wear parts in plastic wrap to avoid the outer packaging coming into contact with substances like grease or to prevent the products being damaged by additional parts such as screws.
As part of its new sustainability strategy, Optimal has made the choice to stop using additional plastic packaging, allowing it to considerably reduce the amount of plastic it gets through year on year.
Optimal says this step alone will enable it to avoid almost three tonnes of plastic waste a year in its brake disc range. This equates to savings amounting to half the weight of a fully grown male African elephant and will conserve resources and lower the company’s environmental footprint.
The company has already been resolutely pursuing a sustainability strategy for many years, having introduced, for example, its first spare parts catalogue for electric and hybrid vehicles five years ago.
Power-saving LED lighting across the entire company, e-charging infrastructure and transparent, rapidly implemented measures for reducing and separating waste in accordance with the new German Packaging Act (VerpackG) are just a few other examples of the steps Optimal has taken. The medium-sized company is also transforming its products and delivery chains to make them more sustainable.
Most recently, this has involved the launch of a more environmentally friendly and comprehensive range of brake discs and brake drums.