What does it mean for packaging to be ‘sustainable’
or more ‘environmentally friendly’?
It can mean a number of things and really depends on what you want to achieve from your products or what your company goal is.
In general there are 3 main areas that can be considered :
- Reduce – downgauging your packaging to use less material
- Reuse – increasing the amount of recycled content or renewable bio-based alternatives
- Recycle – ensuring better recyclability of the final product
Within these 3 categories are a wide range of products and the selection of the correct one will depend on a number of factors. We will work with you to understand what you want from moving to more sustainable packaging and can draw on expertise from across the industry to help with this.
This is an area of constant innovation and new products are coming to market all the time. We work with all the main material suppliers to understand their current ranges and also what is being developed and about to hit the marketplace.
The UK packaging tax introduction by April 2022 which will be based about a minimum 30% recycled content will no doubt keep the momentum moving so this is certainly an area of growth and something that will keep evolving.
A few examples of options available :
- Papers made with waste fibre from sugar cane processing.
- Papers with recycled content.
- Thinner gauge films to reduce overall usage.
- Synthetic materials with recycled content.
- Films designs in combination with specific adhesives to maximise the yield in the recycling process.
- Synthetic materials using a sustainable bio-based source.
Just contact us and we can help you with any sustainable packaging questions that you might have.