Frequently Asked Questions
For information on artwork requirements, pricing, terms, products, services, ordering and payment information, reference our policies page.
Yes, we can help! We specialize in custom work and can design a product specifically for you. Let us know all your specifications and we can design your product right away. If you have an idea in mind, sketch it out and fax or email it to us. We can use your ideas as a starting point. Even a crude sketch is very helpful to ensure we understand your needs. To fax or email a product sketch, please print this form.
We do have order minimums for all custom made products. They are based on the type of item, its complexity, material and production cost. Because of this, minimums will vary from product to product. We will be sure to discuss this with you when we are developing an estimate.
We can imprint logos on all of our products. Logos or any information you desire can be applied by hot stamp (foil stamp), screen print (silk screen), lithography or digitally. Please read about our artwork requirements here.
Normally, delivery will run anywhere from 15 to 20 business days. Nevertheless, we can be flexible to meet specific deadlines. If you have a store opening or an event on a particular date, for example, we will work with you to deliver all your products by a specified date.
We package all of our products according to our customers' specifications. Whether you want one unit per package or 10,000 units per package, we can accommodate you. If you would like multiple products boxed into individual kits or any other special requests such as bar coded labels, please let us know.
Yes we can! We are a contract manufacturer for many brokers and distributors. We can ship products directly to your customer on your behalf. We can use generic documents and labels or provide us with yours if you wish. If you specifically let us know, we can make sure your name is on all of the printed documents sent to your customer.
RNR Plastics recycles all of our scrap vinyl. We encourage you to do the same. As one of our customers, you are welcome to ship any parts we sold to you back to us and we will recycle them for you.
PVC or poly vinyl chloride is most commonly referred to as vinyl. It is a plastic material with a base of salt and oil. Creating PVC requires less petroleum than many other plastic material making it an economical choice from its beginning.
Products made from vinyl are very durable and serve long useful lives. This diminishes waste, such as when less durable products are used and then thrown away more frequently.
PVC is considered a thermoplastic material. Thermoplastic materials are those that can be melted again and again, and after being heated up to a certain temperature they will harden again as they cool.
PVC compounds are 100% recyclable physically, chemically or energetically.
After mechanical separation, grinding, washing and treatment to eliminate impurities, it is reprocessed using two techniques and reused in production.
Mechanical recycling: PVC waste is shredded into small pieces that can be processed into a new PVC compound, ready for calendaring, extrusion or lamination.
Feedstock recycling: PVC waste is broken down into its chemical constituents, which can be used again to make PVC or other materials.
Dumping PVC in a landfill takes up precious land and is a waste of valuable materials. Collection is the starting point for recycling. This is why we focus our efforts to encourage the collection and recycling processes by supporting PVC collection initiatives and by accepting back our PVC products to collect and recycle them on behalf of our customer. At the end of the day, recycling will help us preserve fossil fuels and land for future generations. This can coexist with successful use of PVC as a durable, economical and practical material as a solution to many packaging challenges.
The scientists who developed vinyl (PVC, polyvinylchloride) in the 1920s had no idea that their invention would come to play a vital role in our everyday lives -- helping make products that are safer, easier to use, clearer, cleaner, more durable, more economical and simply better.
Vinyl is composed of two simple building blocks: chlorine, based on common salt, and ethylene, from natural gas. By employing further chemistry, vinyl can be made flexible, rigid or semi-liquid; clear or colorful; thick or thin – making it the world’s most versatile plastic material.
Use vinyl resin in a rigid state to make PVC pipe and you have a safe, durable material to transport water and safely remove sewage. Use vinyl resin in a flexible format and you can produce blood bags, IV bags and tubing to save lives in hospitals. With its fire resistant nature, use vinyl to produce either jackets, insulation or conduits for electrical wires and cables and you have electrical components that meet or exceed the stringent requirements of standards organizations including the Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Vinyl is truly one material with infinite uses.
All this versatility helps make vinyl the third-largest volume plastic produced in North America. In 2006, U.S. vinyl resin production reached nearly 15 billion pounds. From the vinyl resin producers to those who extrude the resin into pipe, siding, flooring, wallcovering, toys, packaging and energy-efficient windows and roofs, the vinyl industry contributes more than 100,000 jobs to the U.S. economy.
This article was taken from The Vinyl Institute. Visit www.vinylinfo.org for more information.
Vinyl is an excellent material for packaging because it is safe, sturdy, economical, easily manufactured and environmentally responsible. In rigid or flexible form, vinyl is used to package a wide range of products, including: Documents, Signs, Consumer Products Electronic Media, Household Goods, Personal Care Products, Toys Medicine, Food, Health Care Devices, Liquids and more!
Vinyl packaging has major benefits including:
Energy Efficiency - Vinyl uses at least 20 percent less energy than common alternatives.(1)
Low Use of Fossil Fuel - Fifty-seven percent of the PVC molecule is derived from salt and only 43 percent from natural gas or crude oil, while 100 percent of traditional alternatives come from fossil fuel.
Safety - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the use of vinyl in packaging, provided residual vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) levels are below 10 parts per billion (PPB) in rigid PVC and five ppb in plasticized, flexible PVC.
Environmentally Responsible - Life cycle analyses done by the European Commission and Plastics Europe indicate that vinyl often is the best environmental choice for packaging.(2)
Low Dioxin Source - Vinyl manufacturing accounts for less than half of one percent of dioxin emissions, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data.(3)
Safe Manufacturing - Government data show that vinyl workers' injury and illness rates are less than the average for all manufacturing.
The information above was taken from The Vinyl Institute. Visit www.vinylinfo.org for more information.
Dioxin is an unwanted by-product of incineration, uncontrolled burning and certain industrial processes. The term "dioxin" refers to a large family of compounds that includes 17 compounds of particular interest because it is thought that these compounds have similar mechanisms of toxicity.
Nevertheless, the toxicities of dioxins vary greatly, with the least toxic compound estimated to be 10,000 less potent than the most toxic.
PVC is an extremely small source of dioxin, so small that levels in the environment would be essentially unchanged even if vinyl were not being manufactured and used every day in important products. The proof: dioxin levels in the environment have been declining for decades, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. During this time, production and use of vinyl have soared. Dioxin produced during incineration are not related to the presence of vinyl.
A study conducted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in 1987 found that the presence -- or absence -- of vinyl waste in incinerators had no effect on the levels of dioxin produced. Rather, it was found that incinerator operating conditions (primarily temperature) were the key to controlling dioxin formation. Most recently, German officials examined the issue of incinerating vinyl waste and decided there was no cause for concern. For more information about dioxin, go to www.dioxinfacts.org.