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Plastic Free July for Businesses

    What can your business do for Plastic Free July?

    Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. The Plastic Free July movement has inspired over 250 million participants in 177 countries.

    Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to switch from plastic packaging?

    We can help you make the transition to paper packaging easily whilst also ensuring you have ultimate product protection and reduce waste.

    Plastic Free July

    Why switch from Plastic Packaging? 

    The obvious benefits of plastic packaging is that it can survive extreme environments and doesn’t easily degrade in hot and cold temperatures, thus preserving the integrity of the food or beverage inside it. It also protects products from moisture, oxygen, dust, light and odours. 

    Surprisingly, plastics have a carbon-intense life cycle. The majority of plastic resins come from petroleum, which requires extraction and distillation. The resins are then formed into products and transported to market. Every process in the Plastic life cycle emits an overwhelming amount of greenhouse gases, either directly or via the energy required to complete production. Even after we have finished with the plastics the carbon footprint continues through dumping, incineration, recycling and composting (for certain plastics) all release carbon dioxide. Sadly, researchers have predicted the global demand for plastics to grow by 22% over the next 3 years, resulting in a need to reduce carbon emissions by 18% to just break even. The current global Carbon Footprint for plastics is around 13/14% (380 million tonnes), this is due to rise to 17% by 2050. If we continue to use plastics and not alternatives it could result in the global temperature rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

    Another obvious issue with plastic packaging is the overwhelming amount that are floating around in our planets oceans, killing our marine life and destroying our beaches. Over 1 million marine animals (including mammals, fish, sharks, turtles, and birds) are killed each year due to plastic debris in the ocean. Currently, it is estimated that there are 100 million tons of plastic in oceans around the world.

    Plastic beach destroyed

    Will Paper Packaging work for you?

    We have developed paper systems which are 100% recyclable, biodegradable and compostable. Our paper packaging solutions offer an increase in speed of packing, reduce damages and save warehouse space.

    Our Protega cushioning paper is both robust and mouldable and cushions your products, absorbing shock and eliminating movement in transit. Customers have reported a 60% reduction in breakages when comparing to plastic air bags.

    Our products are being used very successfully by many different industries from retail, food & beverage, electronics to pharmaceuticals

    Protega Paper

    Protega Paper Action Shot

    Protega Paper Cushioning and paper packaging voidfill is proven to prevent damage to goods in transit and gives the end user a positive open box experience. This versatile paper cushioning machine produces a uniquely structured paper cushion at any desired length, and is one of the most effective forms of protective sustainable paperpackaging alternatives being used today.

    The unique paper voidfill does not ‘settle’ in transit meaning your products are not vulnerable to damage. With the rise of a returns culture which is impacting heavily on profit margins, using this paper is crucial to guaranteeing your products are protected throughout the courier and mailing networks.

    Hexcel Wrap

    Hexcel-11

    Hexcel Wrap is the next generation of protective wrapping and is designed to be a sustainable alternative to 

    bubblewrap with a 100% recyclable and biodegradable material content. Hexcel is 100% recyclable, biodegradableand compostable.

    Fast and easy to pack with, Hexcel Wrap reduces pack times, reduces breakages, and is eco-friendly.

    Your customers will thank you for using a green wrapping product.

     

    How can I make the Switch and what are the next steps?

    Switching can be a daunting thought to any business, you have all your processes set up already and putting something new into the mix may cause delays, costs and worry.

    We will walk you through the entire process and provide you with all the support you need to make the switch simple and cost effective. We will ensure you have ongoing training and support to make the switch to paper packaging as easy as possible.

    First step, contact us for a free consultation. We can then discuss how we can add value to your business and help you go sustainable. We provide a free demonstration in person or virtually to discuss your requirements and find the right solution for your packaging needs. It's that simple and could you save you time, money & allow your business to be more eco-friendly. 

     

    Get in touch today: sales@protega-global.com or call us on: +44 1722 427 842 

    Posted on Jul 16, 2020 10:06:42 AM by Dan Willock in Eco-friendly, in Sustainable packaging, in what packaging is recyclable, in Paper V Plastic

    Dan Willock

    Written by Dan Willock

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