Monthly Archives: July 2018
Posted: July 31, 2018
Following on from our post on Why Recyclable Packaging Needs To Be At The Top Of Everyone’s Agendas, today’s article looks at some of the ways businesses can minimise packaging waste and lend a helping hand to the environment.
1. Choose The Right Box For The Job
The primary way you can reduce packaging waste is to choose the right packaging for the job in the first place. Obviously, you don’t want to scrimp on packaging too much and risk having the products you’re shipping damaged in transit, but a slightly smaller box can be used on many occasions, without risking the integrity of the product(s) inside.
It’s a practise known as ‘right-sizing’ – in short, avoiding oversized and unnecessary packaging for individual items. A box that’s too big for a product will need packaging filler added to stop the contents from being loose inside, which incurs extr
Posted: July 24, 2018
In a message to mark World Environment Day on Tuesday 5 June, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said the world needs to unite to “beat plastic pollution”. He urged consumers to stop buying one-use plastic products and “refuse what you can’t re-use”.
But while most consumers are also conscious about the benefits of purchasing products that come in recyclable packaging, many say supermarkets aren’t doing enough to help them.
Indeed, a recent survey by Greenpeace found that 72% of consumers think supermarkets could do more when it comes to tackling the problem of plastic pollution by addressing plastic packaging. This is further highlighted by the fact 84% of consumers said they find it difficult to avoid plastic packaging in their regular supermarket shop.
A Potential Incentive For Manufacturers
Meanwhile, separate res
Here in the UK, we all love summer until it gets unbearably hot. It’s the best chance we’ve got each year to enjoy some proper sunshine and maybe even experience some Mediterranean-esque temperatures. But as this summer gets into full swing, additional challenges are presented for companies that ship perishable goods.
For businesses, ensuring perishable items successfully withstand hot temperatures during shipping is the key to keeping their loyal customers happy every summer.
With that in mind, follow these steps to help protect your perishables during shipping in hot months:
1. Choose a shipping company with perishable experience
First and foremost, you should look to partner with a company that has experience in shipping perishable items like the ones you are sending. That’s because no matter how well you package your goods - and how much care you take to ensure they are able to withstand hot temperatures - a carrier that’s ill-equipped to handle them, o
Posted: July 17, 2018
The world is being swamped by plastic waste. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, just 14% of all plastic packaging used is recycled, and vast quantities escape into the environment. If the current trend continues, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050!
Cheap, lightweight and versatile, plastic is an innovation that has, unfortunately, become a victim of its own success.
Nevertheless, it’s impossible to deny the benefits plastic has afforded in terms of flexibility, lightweight protection and significantly extending the shelf-life of products.
One segment that has experienced impressive success is flexible plastic packaging. In fact, it’s now the fastest-growing packaging segment, with global demand in Europe expected to grow by 2% per annum. In the Americas, global demand for flexible plastic pac
Few things disappoint an excited customer more than receiving a package and opening it to find the goods they’ve ordered have been damaged during the shipping process. And while sometimes it’s genuinely not the fault of the sender, the general feeling of disappointment often comes out in the subsequent returns procedure that ensues.
To ensure incidents like this are kept to a minimum, shippers use protective packaging fillers. These seemingly simple additions to packages can actually have a direct impact on a company’s image and its bottom line.
Not to be confused with protective packaging, such as bubble wrap and foam padding, aptly named ‘fillers’ are designed to take up excess space inside a package, providing an extra measure of protection. They prevent jostling, rattling and breakage while goods are being shipped.
However, with many different packaging fillers available, how can you be sure you are using the right one for the job?
Here’s the lowdown on
Posted: July 03, 2018
The microplastic particles in the world’s oceans “now outnumber stars in our galaxy”. That was the stark, somber warning made by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres during a message to mark World Environment Day on Tuesday 5 June.
According to Guterres, a staggering eight million tons of plastic waste end up in our oceans every year, and “from remote islands, to the Artic, nowhere is untouched”.
Unless something drastic is done to address the amount of harmful plastic waste that is swamping our planet, by 2050, our oceans will have more plastic than fish. At that point we may have crossed the Rubicon in terms of being able to retrieve the situation.
Since it was first celebrated back in 1974, World Environment Day has helped raise awareness and generate political momentum around global environmental concerns. It is poignant that Guterres chose this year to focus on the impact of plastic packaging on the world’s oceans, a reality that highlights just how dir