GWP Group

Environmentally Friendly Packaging

A sustainable approach to packaging that does not compromise quality

Packaging is an unavoidable part of everyday life. It protects products, preserves them, enhances them, displays important information, acts as a marketing tool and allows for safe transportation.


However, the unfortunate truth is that packaging is often viewed as waste. Even worse, packaging often ends up this way too.


Therefore a key consideration of good packaging design involves the generation of less waste following the end of its’ useful life, whilst still helping end-consumers to use it and the contained products efficiently.

Environmental responsibility

The main advantage that GWP can offer you – from an environmental perspective – is the ability to maintain a packaging design’s effectiveness and appeal, whilst reducing any impact on the environment

Environmentally Friendly Packaging at GWP Group

Please use the links below to read more about the specific areas of environmental focus at GWP


Overview – A commitment to Sustainable Packaging

GWP Group take pride in offering an environmental advantage to each and every one of the businesses it works with. Businesses just like yours.


This is seen in a proven record in helping the environment, through the intelligent design and manufacture of corrugated cardboard packaging and other environmentally friendly packaging products.

Environmentally friendly packaging

GWP were one of the first packaging companies in the UK to gain the ISO 14001 accreditation but this in itself is only a small part of the company’s focus on the environment impact of your packaging.


By installing automatic waste collection as part of the manufacturing process and actively encouraging a waste-free process throughout the company, GWP are amongst the greenest packaging companies in the UK.


Environmental initiatives and environmentally friendly packaging ideas, such as 100% recyclable cushion packaging, Eco Bins and material reduction schemes, have all become an integral part of GWP’s business.


And, of course, your packaging is designed and manufactured using recycled packaging materials wherever possible, always following environmentally friendly processes.

Ways in which GWP can offer your business an environmental advantage

  • Reducing the volume of material used by intelligent design
  • Focus on producing re-usable solutions
  • Use of recycled materials wherever possible
  • ISO 14001 & 9001:2008 Accreditations
  • Full REACH Compliance
  • Automatic collection of waste during manufacture
  • Careful selection of board grades
  • Purchase of materials from environmentally responsible suppliers
  • Recyclable alternatives to plastic and foam products

Corrugated cardboard packaging & the environment

Despite a number of common misconceptions, corrugated packaging is widely regarded as the most environmentally friendly form of packaging available today.


For example, it is often stated that the world’s forests are being decimated to make paper when, in reality, the virgin fibres for corrugated board come from sustainably managed forests that exist solely for the materials they provide.


In fact, it is estimated that there are 25% more trees in the developed World today than there were in 1901.

Corrugated packaging and the environment

Besides this, corrugated cardboard has a recycling rate of 84% in the UK. This is actually the highest recycling rate of any type of packaging.


To provide an example, every four months an area the size of Greater London is saved from landfill by recycling corrugated cardboard alone.


Waste corrugated can be recycled seven times before its fibre becomes too weak for further use. And the 16% of corrugated material that is not recycled, is fully biodegradable.


All of this adds up to ensure that by choosing to use corrugated packaging, you are committing to an environmentally friendly solution that does not sacrifice performance or aesthetics.

The 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

GWP Group always look to take a holistic approach to sustainable packaging. As a result of this, the company looks to reduce waste in any way possible. However, most of the methods employed can be categorised in one of three ways.

1: Reduce: GWP always look to reduce the quantity of material used in your packaging design, without compromising performance. Less material used results in lower costs passed on to you, plus higher performance packaging also means more uses and almost completely eradicates breakages

2: Re-use: GWP is constantly seeking new applications for a range of reusable packaging products, for example within supply chain packaging and in-plant materials handling applications. GWP designers can create packaging that, through the use of intelligent design, can be used over multiple journeys with no degradation in performance levels.

3: Recycle: GWP continue to incorporate higher levels of recycled and renewable materials in all of your packaging designs, while also ensuring all of the solutions are as recyclable as possible.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Even small improvements in packaging can result in immediate and significant benefits to your business.


By enabling you to reduce both the overall level and amount of materials used in your packaging, it also allows for greater cost savings. This is seen not only in the packaging itself, but also its transportation and disposal.

ISO 14000 Packaging Manufacturers

GWP Group are holders of the ISO 14000 accreditation for commitment to the environment.


This family of standards relates to environmental management of the whole business, enabling GWP to minimize operational impact on the environment. It also aids compliance with applicable laws and regulations, as well as fostering a culture of continual improvement.

ISO Packaging manufacture

ISO 14000 is very similar in its structure to the ISO 9001 quality management accreditation in that they both relate to internal process management rather than to the end product.


The requirements of ISO 14000 also form an integral part of the European Union‘s environmental management scheme (referred to as EMAS).


Ultimately, the standard provides a structure for GWP’s drive towards continuous improvement in the management of the company’s environmental responsibilities.

GWP Group Certification

  • GWP Group is certified by SGS to ISO 14001:2004 on certificate number: GB97/10419.00
  • Registered for / comply: “Producer Responsibility Obligations – Packaging Waste Regulations 2007”.
  • Environment Agency Registration: EI201050142 (UK equivalent to EU 94/62/EC)

ISO 9001:2008 Accreditation

Besides ISO 14001, GWP are also proud to be accredited to ISO 9001:2008.


This is a quality management standard which is viewed as an essential part of the business and acts as a key ingredient in driving a fully integrated quality management system throughout the company.

Eco friendly packaging

It puts beyond question GWP Group’s ability to consistently provide packaging products and services which meet both customer and regulatory requirements and provides a solid building block towards the ultimate goal of absolute customer satisfaction.


Read more about the quality standards applicable to GWP Groups products and processes by clicking here.

More Information

For more information about ISO 14001, please visit or to find out more about GWP’s responsibilities under EMAS, please go to


If you would like to discuss how, as ISO 14000 accredited packaging manufacturers we could benefit your business, please get in touch.

Conflict Minerals

The term “conflict minerals” is defined as columbite-tantalite, also known as coltan (from which tantalum is derived); cassiterite (tin); gold; wolframite (tungsten); or their derivatives; or any other mineral or its derivatives determined by the Secretary of State to be financing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country


Due to the nature of the business and operations – manufacturing of protective packaging solutions – GWP Group products do not contain any Tin, Gold, Tantalum or Tungsten. Similarly, products manufactured by GWP do not contain heavy metal.


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REACH Compliance

REACH is defined as the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It entered into force on 1st June 2007, and was implemented to streamline and improve the former legislative framework on chemicals of the European Union (EU).

REACH Compliance

The main aims of REACH are to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, the promotion of alternative test methods, free circulation of substances on the internal market and enhancing competitiveness and innovation.


REACH makes industry responsible for assessing and managing the risks posed by chemicals and providing appropriate safety information to their users.


GWP Group ensures that both operations and supply chain adhere to the REACH regulations.


The corrugated cardboard used at GWP does not contain Substances of Very High Concern above 0.1% w/w as listed in the current regulations candidate list.


For further information of REACH Compliance, please visit the HSE Website


The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) Directive (2011/65/EU) was transposed into UK law on 2 January 2013.

RoHS Compliance

GWP Group does not supply any products classified as EEE therefore are out of scope; provisions of RoHS 2 do not apply.


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