Thanks to an agreement between ANCI, CONAI and COREPLA, since May 2012 disposable plastic plates and glasses that do not contain residue may be recycled along with plastic packaging, cutlery may be disposed of as multi-material and biodegradable products in the wet waste, in accordance with regulations in force as established by the competent local authority.
DOpla uses in-line robotic systems that do not involve any manual intervention. This allows a constant control of production according to the main sanitary regulations.
DOpla sources exclusively from leading European manufacturers of raw materials from which requires a certification of compliance for each batch of raw materials used.
The main raw materials that DOpla uses are polystyrene (PS), polypropylene (PP), polylactic acid (PLA), cellulose pulp and paper.
PS (polystyrene, more commonly known as Styrofoam) is the first plastic material to be applied to the most commonly used products on a large scale. Today it is one of the most common and controlled plastics in the world.
It is a tough and resistant material, and, once processed, can become extremely transparent. For these reasons is well suited to the needs of disposable products.
It withstands temperatures of up to 90° C for 15 minutes and a maximum of 70° C for 2 hours, but it is not suitable for microwave or conventional ovens or the grill function. Check the packaging of every product for suggestions and tips on use.
Discovered in the 50s by Giulio Natta, polypropylene is a plastic material used to create different types of products, such as certain elements for home appliances or food packaging. It is resistant to heat and chemical agents.
DOpla products made in polypropylene are safe and practical.
It can hold hot food and drinks, withstanding temperatures of up to 90° C for 15 minutes and a maximum of 70° C for 2 hours. They can also be used in the microwave to reheat food, up to 500 watts for a maximum of 2 minutes, but cannot be used in the oven or with the grill function. Check the packaging of every product for suggestions and tips on use.
PLA stands for polylactic acid, a polymer of plant origin that is derived from the controlled degeneration of sugars extracted from corn starch, sugar cane or tapioca roots already cultivated for many industrial and functional purposes. As with all products derived from natural resources, PLA products have a lower resistance to heat. Environmental conditions in regards to temperature and humidity may affect their state. Check the packaging of every product for suggestions and tips on use.
Among the products of vegetable origin used by DOPLA, cellulose pulp is used for the production of plates and bowls in the biodegradable lines. This material of plant origin is made with fibers derived from the processing of wood, and is therefore biodegradable and compostable. Check the packaging of every product for suggestions and tips on use.
Certifications and certificates are a recognition of DOpla's daily commitment to providing consumers with quality, safe and sustainable items, ensuring the continuous improvement of the company's structure and products. It is the result of voluntarily choosing to undergo audits by Certification Bodies. Obtaining ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and BRC Consumer Certifications reflects the company's engagement to compliance with a system comprised of regulations, rules, responsibilities and controls.
The "UNI EN ISO 9001:2008" Certification Process, or rather the ISO 9001, is one of the most stringent international standards. It identifies a set of rules and guidelines that determine the requirements for a quality management system for all processes in the production of products, involving all of the company's organizational levels, with the ultimate goal of satisfying the customers' needs.
UNI EN ISO 14001:2004 is an international environmental management standard that ensures that DOpla uses an appropriate system to monitor the environmental impact of its activities by seeking to improve them in a coherent, effective and above all sustainable manner.
The AIBO-FCE, or rather the Business Operator-Food Contact Expert, is a professional (physical or legal person) that monitors and ensures the safety and compliance of products that will be in contact with food pursuant to Regulation 1935/04/EC. The AIBO-FCE is a registry of all the Food Contact Experts within Italian companies.
Aware that the strength of a company is also derived from clarity and transparency of its financial statements as prepared in accordance with Italian accounting principles, DOpla has the certification of MAZARS SPA, a leading Italian audit firm.
DOpla applies its management and production control system in accordance with the HACCP system of risk analysis (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) as well as according to the requirements contained in Legislative Decree No. 155 of 26 May 1997 and UNI standard 10854/99.
The BRC Global Standard - Consumer Product is a standard developed by British companies of mass distribution chains to guarantee consumer protection, ensuring that the hygiene, health and legal requirements of DOpla's products meet well-defined quality standards. The application of the BRC Consumer is a tool for assessing the company's risk and legal liability, from its choice of raw materials to the finished product, which is recognized by major European retailers.
The glass and fork symbol indicates that the product is approved for food use pursuant to European Regulation 1935/2004/EC and 10/2011/EC, as well as Ministerial Decree [Italy] 1/03/1973 as amended.
Each DOpla product is tested and certified according to the use for which it was conceived, and provides specific directions on its label. The symbols on packaging indicate the compliance or non-compliance of the product to be used for the household appliances indicated.
The Green Dot was introduced in Germany in 1991 by the Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD), and is now the symbol of a European network of systems for the recycling of packaging materials for consumer goods.
The Möbius strip is the international symbol for the recycling of waste, used to identify products or packaging with "recyclable" or "recycled" content (if accompanied by a percentage value). The Möbius strip shows the different steps of recycling: separation and collection, reuse, sale and use of recycled material.
DOpla products are made through two main processes: thermoforming or injection molding.
Thermoforming is the processing technique that DOpla most frequently uses to mass-produce plastic items. It consists of the deformation of a strip of film, heating it to a suitable temperature with infrared ovens in a mold shaped after the models by means of compressed air or vacuum pressure.
Another process that is widely used in the production of plastic products is injection molding. It is performed with special presses (known as "thermoplastic injection molding presses"), that fuse the granules of plastic material together and inject it at a high speed and pressure into molds, where the polymer cools and assumes the desired shape.
DOpla's sustainability strategy is based on LCA methods of production and management that are attentive and responsible, focusing on measures and initiatives that achieve sustainable growth objectives that involve all levels of the organization: