Today’s consumer requires packaging that can be reduced, re-used or recycled and this includes the packaging materials in which goods are shipped. Clifford Packaging is always looking for ways to help their customers make informed decisions about the packaging products they purchase.
Corrugated packaging paper is made almost entirely from natural resources with any new fibres used, the wood is harvested from sustainably managed forests.
We’re continuously increasing our use of recycled fibres, which now make up 88% of the raw material for new corrugated packaging.
Production processes that kill microbes give corrugated packaging unique hygiene levels that prevent the cross-contamination and spoilage of fresh produce.
Today’s market for recycled paper as a secondary raw material provides value to every stakeholder across the supply chain.
Corrugated packaging can be easily shaped for cost efficient logistics, storage handling and recycling – saving time, energy and money while preserving the environment.
Recyclable, based on renewable sources and bio-degradable, corrugated packaging is circular by nature.
In the UK 12.5 million tonnes of paper is consumed per year, of which cartonboard contributes 743,000 tonnes and corrugated cardboard 2.4 million tonnes. This equates to 12.2 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year, so anything that can be done to reduce this is a step in the right direction.
Brands are under increasing pressure from their customers to use environmentally friendly packaging. Consumers are now looking at the type of materials a brand uses, and will favour those that use friendly materials such as cardboard over unrecyclable materials. This is particularly true in certain specific sectors, such as food, drink and E-commerce.
Corrugated fibreboard is environmentally friendly as the paper is sourced from recycled fibres or managed forests, with the capability of being 100% recyclable. All standard grades of paper used in the manufacture of corrugated products now contain recycled fibres. Our manufacturing sites are BRC accredited. On average for every tree harvested for paper production five more trees are planted in its place.
Clifford Packaging are committed to supporting environmental initiatives such as those proposed by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action programme); many of Clifford’s cartons now use D flute material instead of B flute, which results in packaging that is 25% thinner but just as strong. This means that more cartons can be shipped in each truck-load, resulting in further savings in fuel and emissions.
The trend of using sustainable packaging is gaining momentum, and it will see a consistent rise in the future as well. More and more companies are using packaging materials that are eco-friendly throughout their entire life cycle, including in their functionality, marketing, and after their use has been fulfilled. Sustainable packaging also helps in reducing the costs involved with packaging design.