The road to a sustainable packaging solution may not be straightforward, but pressure from supermarkets on the supply chain, coupled with awareness raising initiatives such as David Attenborough’s acclaimed TV series Blue Planet II, mean that demand has never been higher. This positive impact on people’s behaviour has translated into over 50% of consumers now claiming to have reduced the amount of disposable plastic they are using over the last year.
To help us play our part in the fight against landfill waste, we invest heavily in research and development to examine the role we can play in the creation of a sustainable packaging. Our goal has been to help our bakery customers create a 100% recyclable packaging solution that includes the coded seal, and we were delighted last year to be able to introduce the 100% recyclable bread bag.
As long as our new, recyclable Select seal remains attached to a recyclable polyethylene bread bag, the specific combination of film, adhesive and bag means that the entire pack is recyclable.
Of course, in the ongoing fight against food waste, the role plastic packaging plays in extending the shelf life of food products has never been more important. We also recognise our responsibility to help produce packaging that helps to protect produce in the drive to reduce the 11.8 million tonnes of food that unnecessarily goes to waste every year in the UK alone.
A big part of being an accountable business means taking the time to recognise our responsibility to manufacturing sustainably. We’re proud that our commitment to responsible and sustainable manufacturing has seen us awarded ISO 14001 accreditation at our Yorkshire factory, where all of our machinery and adhesive tape is produced.
As well as this, all of the waste produced from our film and adhesive is recycled, and we have a recycling partner who has worked with us to develop the capabilities to process our adhesive waste. In addition, our film suppliers are fully committed to the CEFLEX initiative, which aims for all packaging to have a comprehensive sustainability and circular economy roadmap by 2020.
So if sustainability is high on your agenda, talk to us about how we can help.
“We are very pleased with the way our two SBS machines have worked so far. They haven’t missed a beat and going forward we will be looking to set up yearly service visits from SBS to ensure both machines continue to deliver the best possible performance.”
Andrew Broadbent, Engineering Manager, Greggs South West