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WHAT WE DO SUSTAINABILITY

We have been carrying out research on the environmental and social impact of packaging since 1974. We pride ourselves on taking an evidence-based, holistic approach.

We use the knowledge from our research to encourage companies to continuously improve packaged products systems, to help ensure that public policy on packaging makes a positive contribution to sustainability and to create a better understanding of the role of packaging in society.


Packaging has a key role to play in helping society live more sustainably.

The link between production and consumption is
distribution and packaging’s role in distribution is vital.

Good packaging:
• Optimises the use of material, water and energy
• Minimises waste from both product and used packaging
• Can be recovered after use as material, energy or compost.




PACKAGING REGULATION

The environmental impact of packaging in the UK is controlled by two different pieces of legislation. One covers industry’s role in ensuring that the UK meets recovery and recycling targets, and the other requires producers to ensure that their packaging is designed to minimise environmental impact.  These two laws implement the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62/EC.

The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations require businesses handling more than 50 tonnes of packaging and with an annual turnover of more than £2 million to take responsibility for getting specified tonnages of packaging waste recycled.  The packaging and packaged goods industry contributes about £60 million per year to support recycling.

The Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations allow packaging to be placed on the market only if it meets EU eco-design requirements. Among other things, packaging weight and volume must be the minimum needed for safety, hygiene and acceptability of the packaged product.


ORGANISATIONS WE WORK WITH


SCHOOLS
Packaging is a high-tech industry. It uses a wide range of design criteria, manufacturing techniques and materials.
Packaging is something that all of us are familiar with.

SEE OUR PACKAGING TIMELINE.


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