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What packaging is recyclable?

Posted on Aug 19, 2019 4:57:52 PM by Michael Steedman in Sustainable packaging, in recyclable packaging, in is paper recyclable, in how is paper made, in biodegradable, in how to be more environmentally friendly, in packaging that is recyclable, in what packaging is recyclable, in can i recycle paper packaging


  • Paper packaging is recyclable as a material, and kerbside collections of waste paper are widely carried out by local authorities making it easy for consumers to recycle. Therefore around 80% of paper is recycled in the UK.
  • Paper packaging includes cardboard, moulded pulp, corrugated cardboard, tissue paper, white news offcuts, kraft wrapping paper, etc.
  • Some plastics are recyclable. This depends on the type of plastic. And how clean it is. And whether your local authority can actually find someone to recycle it.
  • Plastic water bottles have the highest recycling rate because they are clean, and usually made from clear plastic (PTFE).
  • Biodegradable and compostable plastics CANNOT be recycled.
  • According to The Guardian, a high proportion of waste plastic designated for recycling is being incinerated because developing countries are now refusing to accept delivery of waste plastic.
  • QUOTE: "As of 2015, approximately 6,300 million tonnes of plastic waste had been generated, around 9% of which had been recycled, 12% was incinerated, and 79% was accumulated in landfills or the natural environment." (see citation below)

There are many claims about recyclability

In the context of reducing plastic pollution and saving the environment, conserving earth's natural resources then recycling is beneficial and desirable.

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8 great ways to become more eco friendly?

Posted on Jul 25, 2019 7:59:30 AM by Ian Holland in Eco-friendly, in sustainability, in global warming, in tips on sustainable living, in environmental change, in self improvement, in how to be more environmentally friendly, in greener living

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Which type of packaging is biodegradable?

Posted on Jun 12, 2019 5:33:45 PM by Michael Steedman in Eco-friendly, in biodegradable plastic, in Sustainable packaging, in sustainability, in plastic, in recyclable packaging, in biodegradable packaging, in Reduce packaging waste, in biodegradable

Biodegradable - definition

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What is sustainable packaging?

Posted on May 20, 2019 5:08:00 PM by Michael Steedman in eco-friendly packaging, in pollution, in rainforest, in sustainability, in recyclable packaging, in biodegradable packaging, in is paper recyclable, in paper, in biodegradable

What does 'sustainability' mean?


  • It takes significantly more energy and water to manufacture paper than polythene, and it produces more pollutants. It also takes more energy to recycle paper than plastic.
  • Paper comes from a renewable resource. Plastic is overwhelmingly made from oil which is a finite resource. Over time, a greater proportion of plastics could be made from organic sources, but this will take up land that could be used for food production. Manufacturing plastic from plant sources also requires more energy than oil based plastics.
  • Paper is far more easily recycled, and indeed more likely to be recycled, due to existing recycling facilities and kerbside collections by councils.
  • Plastics are more difficult to recycle with the different types of plastic requiring different processes to re-purpose, and there is less scope to recycle coloured plastic.
  • If there is biodegradable plastic in the recycling stream, then this renders is unusable for recycling into other plastic products including building materials which, of necessity, require extended product guarantees.
  • Plastics have reduced food waste which is a positive thing, in a way that cannot be replicated by recyclable paper products.
  • Plastic is a more versatile product and can be heat sealed, it is air and water tight, and is more robust than paper.
  • However, the public are demanding that plastics are phased out, and will 'vote with their feet' if organisations don't make some progress toward reducing the amount of single use plastic that they feed into the supply chain.

Dictionary definition of 'sustainable'.

'Conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources' - Oxford Dictionary

People have different concerns about sustainability.

The sustainability of life on earth long-term with an rapidly increasing population and ongoing environmental damage, and loss of fauna.

Many are concerned about the effects of 'global warming'. Others will be concerned by revelations in television documentaries about the impact that plastic is having on the environment.

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How is paper made and how is it recycled?

Posted on May 3, 2019 12:28:14 PM by Ian Holland in sustainability, in recyclable packaging, in biodegradable packaging, in paper, in how is paper made, in biodegradable

This blog will explain how paper is made and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about this fantastic material.

What is paper made from?

Paper is made from a raw material called Pulp and this is usually mixed with cotton and other fibres to make paper. Most of the paper produced today is produced from wood pulp with the virgin material being wood offcuts and scrap, and hence what would be waste from the logging industry.

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How to use more eco-friendly packaging

Posted on Jan 11, 2019 2:53:15 PM by Michael Steedman in paper voidfill, in eco-friendly packaging, in packaging audit, in gummed paper tape, in sustainability

We can offer you some solutions that are cost effective and offer improved protection. One of the most eco-friendly packaging products is the corrugated cardboard box. They have typically 60-70% recycled content, and are 100% recyclable.

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Reduce breakages when shipping goods

Posted on Jan 11, 2019 1:25:37 PM by Michael Steedman in paper packaging, in reputational risk, in brand reputation, in Sustainable packaging, in packing methods

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10 daunting plastic packaging statistics

Posted on Sep 25, 2018 3:14:16 PM by Ian Holland in paper packaging, in eco-friendly packaging, in sustainability, in plastic, in blog

We are all trying to lessen the impact we have on the environment, and one of the most significant influences that seem almost unavoidable is plastic. Going plastic free is virtually impossible as it infiltrates so many aspects of life. From a plastic casing on your phone, to plastic carrier bags, food and drink packaging, it is hard to get through the day without encountering plastic.

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Quick ways to get your packing operation ready for peak

Posted on Aug 14, 2018 11:27:34 AM by Ian Holland in packing methods, in peak, in Cyber Monday, in Black Friday, in Bespoke packing benches

E-commerce companies who handle their own logistics will have noticed that last year (2018) saw companies stretching their offers back and tailoring their offers around Black Friday and Cyber Monday which means that the predicted rush combined with the year-on-year increase in consumer online spending could affect Packing Operations over longer periods of time.

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7 ways to approach packing your products in a box for transit

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 10:27:57 AM by Ian Holland in paper voidfill, in paper packaging, in reputational risk, in brand reputation, in Sustainable packaging, in packing methods, in sealing cartons


The shipped or mailed package represents the most direct connection with the customer so it is important that you get it right.

This blog gives you food for thought with 7 packaging methods to consider packing your products with.

Please enjoy the content, I'm sure you will learn something new.

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