As many industrial practices grow in popularity, it is human nature that we question the environmental sustainability of various industrial practices, particularly addressing the carbon footprint of all industrial practices.

Especially in the age of climate change issues and the significant impacts they will have in the next century, investigating carbon footprints and working on ways to reduce them is becoming very important.

The increasing rate of industrial use of pillow tanks and onion tanks, in a variety of different applications, storing a vast array of liquids, leads us to ask that very question.

If you’re unfamiliar with our range, head over to our pillow tank and onion tank pages to learn more about them.

What is a carbon footprint?

As per Wikipedia, the term carbon footprint is how much carbon goes into the air because of something done by people or that is not done by nature. Doing something that burns fuel will make carbon dioxide gas (CO2). It is the total amount of greenhouse gases produced to, directly and indirectly, support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide. Just as walking on the sand leaves a footprint, burning fuel leaves carbon dioxide in the air, which is called a carbon footprint.

As with any other product, there are a variety of factors that contribute to the environmental sustainability of pillow tanks and onion tanks. Here, we provide six environmental advantages of our range of flexible tanks.

Reduced packaging sizes and weights mean lower carbon footprint

Pillow tanks and onion tanks require a minimal amount of materials to build. Additionally, their extremely low weight to content ratio significantly reduces emissions and energy consumption for transporting and handling. Both these factors contribute to flexible tanks having a very low carbon footprint, which means they have a minimal effect on the environment in terms of energy required throughout their life cycle.

Reusable & sustainable

Depending on the application, pillow tanks and onion tanks can be reused multiple times, making them an efficient and environmentally sound choice for liquid storage. Our open-top onion tanks can be easily turned inside out, decontaminated, cleaned, and reused. This makes them especially good for potable water and other sensitive liquids when cleanliness is paramount. By not having to have tanks replaced after a certain number of usages, this reduces the transport requirements of our flexible tanks, further reducing its carbon footprint.

Upcycle & Recyclable

Even after a pillow tank or onion tank has reached the end of its useful life, it makes an excellent candidate for both upcycling for the manufacturing of second life products, as well as recycling as a resource for plastic. This way the waste is minimized, further contributing to the environmental sustainability of pillow tanks and onion tanks, and reducing further flexible tank’s carbon footprint.

Logistical efficiency

Once a pillow tank or onion tank has been emptied, it folds up to a very small package and can be transported, handled, and stored very easily and cost-efficiently.

Site efficiency

When traditional steel or rigid plastic tanks are installed, they will invariably need a concrete slab poured before it can be installed. This adds cost to any job, but it also increases the carbon footprint of the tank being installed. Thanks to the low centre of gravity of every Flexitank pillow tank and onion tank, none of our range require a concrete slab to be installed prior to installation, which further reduces the carbon footprint of flexible tanks.

Low labor requirements

All of our pillow tanks and onion tanks are very light and easy to handle structures. Both during production as well as to deploy and use, Flexitank’s flexible tanks require much less labour, manpower, and cost, compared to the handling of permanent rigid storage tanks and structures.

Efficient material usage

FloatPac utilise comprehensive technical information available for coated textiles from reputable manufacturers worldwide. When we are designing our pillow tanks, onion tanks and other flexible bladders and flexible tanks, we are able to use materials that offer the ideal strength to weight ratio, resulting in safe and cost-efficient products.

In a world where reducing carbon footprints will contribute heavily to industries and countries meeting mandated net zero emission targets by 2050, FloatPac continues to address what we are able to do to lower the carbon footprint of every product that we manufacture.

Pillow tanks, onion tanks, flexible tanks, and flexible bladders offer an array of environmental benefits that steel and rigid plastic tanks cannot match.

To find out more about our environmentally friendly, low carbon footprint range, contact us.

Carbon footprint onion tanks explored

The carbon footprint of FloatPac’s pillow tanks and onion tanks is exceptionally low when compared to steel and rigid plastic tanks.