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Product focus: Paper-based packaging solutions as an alternative to plastics

Product focus: Paper-based packaging solutions as an alternative to plastics

With Teresa May setting out to rid the UK of avoidable plastic and David Attenborough warning us of the detrimental impact the substance is having on our oceans, people are beginning to re-evaluate the whole purpose of single-use plastic and whether there is really a need for it. As we sift our way through the many tasks and challenges society throws our way, the particularly hot topic of protective packaging derived from plastic and polyethylene is being discussed throughout a wide range of industries. Thanks to the UK’s vivacious café culture, our nation produces 30,000 tonnes of coffee cup waste each year. The disposable cups cannot be recycled within normal systems as their cardboard composition is tightly bonded with a polyethylene liner, deeming them unacceptable for recycling by paper mills. As well as this, other impacting sources and single-use products such as plastic bottles, straws and cotton buds are also producing colossal waste with an estimated 150 metric tons of plastic currently circulating our oceans. So how has this over production of plastic happened? 

Originally, due to the mammoth influx in demand, businesses had to focus on packaging their products in the most cost-effective way possible whilst accommodating mass production levels. With many of them turning to plastic and polythene as low priced solutions, the scale of non-renewable plastic waste has rocketed, therefore introducing the imminent need for reform. In order to reduce plastic waste and abide by a circular economy philosophy, highly influential global businesses and fast-moving consumer giants are now joining initiatives with the aim of eradicating single-use plastics and developing new business models. For this wholesale transformation to happen, organisations and companies nationwide need to come together under a shared commitment to act and every party has to adhere to the change ahead. Regardless of size or status, businesses are now under a monumental pressure to perform ecologically – including the minimisation of plastic pollution. So how can else OMEs and SMEs tackle the issue of non-biodegradable plastic waste when it comes to packing their goods?

One viable solution is implementing paper-based packaging alternatives which offer a recyclable service to businesses and consumers. The circular economy trend and environmental considerations are becoming more dominant factors for consumers when buying a product, thus heavily impacting brand image. By using protective packaging manufactured from a paper-based, renewable source, companies can remove the need for single-use plastic whilst also enforcing an environmentally friendly work ethic amongst the manufacturing sectors and supply chain. Paper-based solutions can still provide the necessary protection for stock but with one major difference – the biodegradable properties.   E-commerce giants like Amazon are leading the way with frustration-free paper-based packaging by filling their exterior boxes with paper void fill, therefore encompassing a reusable, eco-friendly approach in the packing arena. This efficient method can be carried out using innovative paper dispensing systems such as the Speedman Box, Speedman Classic, Speedman Pro or Paper Jet Paper System which eliminate the need for plastic and polystyrene void fill.

This ongoing shift from plastic packaging to paper-based alternatives is impacting a large scope of industries and influencing the nationwide pick, pack and despatch process. One company taking advantage of the ecological potential of paper-based alternatives is Kite Packaging, a leading UK packaging supplier which is continuously innovating by bringing eco-friendly products to market. Kite is the only packaging supplier in the country to run an environmental Government Approved Compliance Scheme for Packaging Regulations otherwise known as Kite Environmental Solutions (KES).  Through on-site support, a partnership approach and in-depth knowledge of the Regulations, KES ensures that businesses can meet and exceed the Environment Agency’s data accuracy requirements and puts them in the best possible position to pass the compliance audits.

Overall, this whole process of collaboration is particularly potent when working to achieve new environmental business models. The new models need to be accessible, so by working cohesively, organisations in society can identify and adopt the necessary, new ethics and regulations that are needed and apply them in practice. Paper-based alternatives offer an environmentally viable solution to the plastic epidemic, and therefore by collaborating with a united environmental aspiration, utilising education on the issue and implementing paper-based alternatives, we can help revolutionise our throwaway culture and cement a reformed circular economy for a sustainable future.


Kite Packaging introduce new tamper-evident security seals

Kite Packaging has also increased its protective sealing range by introducing its new, safeguarding security seals.

It’s another expansive move by the company who has brought over three hundred products to market this year. The new range has three different specifications, a standard security seal, tear-off security seal, and an attached lid container seal, all of which are designed to protect and seal a range of industry products.

With its average breaking strain of 21kg, the polypropylene pull-tight security seal is designed for securing a variety of plastic bags, waste sacks, containers and tote boxes and offer complete tamper-evidence for businesses with the additional reinforcement of it not being possible to open by hand.

However, although the tear-off security seal offers the same tamper-evident security, its equipped with a tear-off strip that enables it to be broken by hand. This is an ideal securing agent for sealing bags, sacks, tote box lids and roll cages and its moulded rib feature on the reverse side ensures correct entry during application.

The other new seal which will prove particularly useful for a range of industries and warehouses is the attached container seal, a perfect solution for securing attached lid containers across the UK.

All these new additions ensure reliable protection through transit and storage, thanks to their tamper-evident compositions, businesses can ensure their goods are not interfered with and encourage consumer trust in their delivery process.


Environmentally friendly paper mailing sacks

Kite's 100% recyclable, water resistant composition provides the ideal packing solution for a range of products and accommodates the current emphasis on a sustainable future and features a peel-&-seal strip.

Kite is always looking to evolve and adapt and these new mailing alternatives will help other companies boost their environmental practice by replacing their less recyclable mailing measures with sustainable alternatives.

Due to elements such as the plastic epidemic and demand for environmental reform, businesses are being encouraged to minimise waste. By encompassing as many smaller environmental reforms as possible, organisations and businesses can rectify their environmental approach as a whole and these paper mailing sacks can play a part in this. 

The sacks have a secure bottom and generous gusset to support a wide range of products and will provide businesses with a sustainable mailing measure for the future.

Kite Packaging has become a household name for packaging in the B2B sector, it’s recently been awarded the GHP Pharmaceutical award for the second year running and earned itself a place on the Coventry and Warwickshire growth Barometer.

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