Many of us have been asking ourselves the questions in the last few weeks, will Covid 19 side-line the environmental debate? Would the public turn their attention to their own survival rather than the survival of the planet?
Taking the positive out of a very negative situation, Protega Global have held several Virtual Meetings since the global health crisis begun and it's been a great success. We have improved our visuals, demonstrations, equipment and starting to get used to looking through a lens! We have found that when faced with a problem, new innovative ways are thought up rapidly within the team to continue business as usual.
As the coronavirus sweeps the globe and businesses start to take action on how to deal with the push backs, one very important factor to take into account is the strength of your packaging supply chain. China and many other countries have recently gone into lockdown causing delays and loss of imported goods to UK businesses.
It’s not often that our lives are disrupted to the point of isolation and for businesses this really puts the pressure on. From the early stages of the Coronavirus outbreak the team at Protega Global have been working hard to come up with strategies on how to continue business without the usual site visit routines.
Protega Globals 3rd year of exhibiting at Packaging Innovations and once again it hit the mark!
The Earth needs to be on a low-carbon diet, paper is the way.
“We need to reduce our carbon footprint”, this sentence gets chucked around the media on a regular basis with no real explanation or solution to give. Why are we so worried about our carbon footprint and what effect does it really have on our planet?
- 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)