Each year, it is estimated that the UK generates more than two million metric tonnes of plastic packaging waste – that’s around 36 kilograms per person.
In a bid to tackle the problem, the government has announced a plastic packaging tax, which will come into effect in April.
The tax has been designed to encourage the use of more recycled plastic and will apply to plastic packaging produced in, or imported into, the UK and that does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic.
The UK government has estimated that it will affect around 20,000 packaging producers and importers. The hope is that by implementing this measure, businesses will have an economic incentive to reconsider their packaging needs and opt instead for more sustainable alternatives.
With this in mind, there’s never been a better time to consider switching to sustainable packaging alternatives.
In the shadow of the spotlight cast on plastics are other packaging materials, including the understated but all-round awesome corrugated cardboard.
Made from a renewable resource, reusable and recyclable corrugated packaging comes full circle every day. Once recycled, corrugated box fibres are used 7-10 times to make new boxes and other paper products.
Here’s why corrugated cardboard reigns supreme…
Recycles: Corrugated packaging is renewably-sourced and 96 percent is recovered and recycled to make new boxes and other paper products.
Protects: It combines structural rigidity with cushioning qualities to protect heavy or fragile contents from damage.
Transports: It is lightweight and clean, lowering shipping costs with fewer lorries, less fuel and lower emissions.
Sells: Corrugated packaging sells your product with high-impact graphics that drive brand awareness and product preference to help close the sale.
Here at Caps we’re passionate about corrugated cardboard products, and we’ve already helped many companies switch to plastic-free packaging. If you would like to know more, give the team a call on 01638 667 326 or email email@example.com
For more information about corrugated cardboard material, visit www.corrugated.org.