During the production of our document storage boxes, any parts that do not meet our manufacturers high quality standards are granulated back into pellet form to be used in the next cycle.
As they are made of high-tensile plastic, they last substantially longer than cardboard boxes. Our boxes have a lifespan of approximately 20 years, after which they will be sent to be recycled. This means that significantly less amounts of energy is being used in the production and recycling of these boxes.
Studies have been conducted into the use of plastic versus cardboard in the returnable transit case sector. It’s been shown that plastic is by far the greener material when energy usage to manufacture the product is considered, along with the number of times each type of container can be used before needing to be recycled. When considered over the entire life of the packaging, paper and cardboard embody far more greenhouse gases than their plastic equivalents. In contrast, plastic is light, durable and its manufacture is generally not particularly energy intensive – at least by comparison to paper. In less than a year the plastic box is normally not only more eco-friendly, but more cost effective.
Our totes are also weather-proof. Most storage companies in the UK use large warehouses to store their customers documents (in cardboard boxes), and as you would expect, warehouses can be cold and damp. Our boxes are not affected by moisture or damp, and therefore safeguard your documents from the elements.
When we deliver our boxes to the client, they are labelled with a barcode and an RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) tag. There is also a unique reference number for the client so there is no information as to who the client is, or to what the box contains. Boxes are filled and secured by the client. We provide tamper proof security tags which are not opened by us and we will return to the client as per their request – still sealed.
The barcode on the label allow us to track the box point-to-point. Our logistics team scan the boxes into the van, clients location and our warehouse so we are able to provide our clients with real-time audits and reports.
The RFID tags enable us to use state-of-the-art technology to scan and locate boxes within a 20 ft radius, so we are able to recall boxes easily and efficiently.
Principled Storage is the only company in the UK to provide this solution, so this sets us apart from all other document storage providers.