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The widest range of protective case options from an independent UK supplier.

Market leading ESD safe packaging for any static sensitive products and components.

Huge range of options and impartial advice on genuinely sustainable packaging for your business.

Recyclable Packaging

Easy to recycle packaging for your customers

Your business cannot afford to ignore the benefits of recyclable packaging, particularly with the increasing number of customers—both businesses and consumers—now demanding this.

Recyclable packaging uses materials that can be used again, usually after processing. Recyclable packaging materials include glass, metal, card, paper, and—increasingly—certain plastics. However, by far, the most common form of recycled and recyclable packaging is corrugated cardboard.

At GWP, we have over 30 years of experience designing and manufacturing recyclable packaging solutions. This expertise extends to replacing non-recyclable plastics with paper-based alternatives. Crucially, we also have the breadth of knowledge to know when plastic, reusable packaging, is actually the more sustainable long-term option.

A young boy carrying recyclable packaging

Recyclable eCommerce packaging

Source bespoke, fully recyclable eCommerce packaging that provides a memorable unboxing experience.

FSC pizza style boxes

Pizza style boxes

Custom sizes
Full colour print

FSC postal book wraps

Postal book wraps

Custom sizes
Up to 3 colour print

FSC Subscription box packaging

Subscription boxes

Custom sizes
Various print options

FSC Unboxing packaging ecommerce

eCommerce unboxing

Custom sizes
Various print options

Large letter boxes

Large letter boxes

Custom sizes
Various print options

Small parcel boxes (PIP)

Small parcel boxes

Custom sizes
Various print options

Medium parcel boxes

Medium parcel boxes

Custom sizes
Various print options

Large parcel boxes

Large parcel boxes

Custom sizes
Various print options

Integral fittings

Custom fittings

Custom sizes
Up to 3 colour print

Paper void fill packaging inside an outer corrugated container

Paper void-fill packaging

Self fill
Various paper options

Custom ecommerce packaging

Custom eCommerce boxes

Custom sizes
Various print options

Custom printed cardboard wine bottle box

Bottle packaging

Custom sizes
Various print options

Recyclable transit packaging

Comply with your customer’s policies and environmental requirements using recyclable transit packaging.

An 0201 style corrugated cardboard case with taped closure

Corrugated cases (0201s)

Custom sizes
Up to 3 colour print

Open die cut transit packaging box with single colour print

Die-cut boxes

Custom sizes
Up to 3 colour print

Empty 5 panel cardboard wrap

5 panel wraparounds

Custom sizes
Various print options

Crash lock boxes

Crash lock boxes

Custom sizes
Rapid assembly

A flat box layout from the FEFCO cartons catalogue

FEFCO style boxes

Custom sizes
Huge range of designs

FSC cardboard produce trays

Cardboard trays

Custom sizes
Various print options

Single walled cardboard box

Single wall boxes

Custom sizes
Various print options

Double wall cardboard boxes

Double wall boxes

Custom sizes
Various print options

Pallet optimised boxes

Pallet optimised boxes

Custom sizes
Efficient transit

BDCM box

BDCM boxes

4 x sizes
Retail industry standard

FSC Cardboard box dividers

Cardboard box dividers

Custom sizes
Adjustable cell sizes

Half euro pallet boxes

Pallet boxes

Custom sizes
Multiple material options

Tri-Mite boxes

Heavy duty packaging

Custom sizes
Multiple material options

Corstat chip box containing a small PCB

Corstat ESD safe packaging

Stock/bespoke
1000+ options

Retail packaging and POS

Appeal to eco-conscious consumers to help grow awareness and sales.

FSC Printed packaging

Printed retail packs

Custom sizes
Full colour print

Branded boxes

Branded boxes

Custom sizes
1 – 3 colour print

Shelf ready packaging

Shelf ready packs (SRP)

Custom sizes
Tear-off opening

A freestanding, printed point of sale display stand

Free standing displays

Custom sizes
Supplied flat

Cardboard counter display units

Counter display units

Custom sizes
Various print options

Cardboard dump bins

Cardboard dump bins

Custom sizes
Various designs

Recyclable timber packaging

Wooden cases and shipping crates using FSC certified materials.

Plywood case

Plywood cases (ply-batten cases)

Custom sizes
Various options

Large wooden storage containers

Large wooden storage containers

Custom sizes
Various options

Hinged wooden packing box

Hinged wooden packing boxes

Custom sizes
Various options

Softwood crate

Softwood crates

Custom sizes
Various options

Painted timber case

Painted timber cases

Custom sizes
Various options

OSB cases

OSB cases

Custom sizes
Various options

Custom pallet collar

Pallet collars

Standard/custom sizes
Enquire for details

Custom size pallets

Bespoke pallets

Custom sizes
Enquire for details

Timber frame wraps

Timber frame wrap

Custom sizes
Enquire for details

Specialist coatings

A range of specialist coatings make corrugated cardboard suitable for a broader range of recyclable packaging applications.

Liquiguard waterproof cardboard coating applied to corrugated material

Liquiguard waterproof cardboard

From 200 sq. m
Enquire for details

Spectrumcoat Pantone flood coating

Spectrumcoat Pantone colours

From 200 sq. m
Enquire for details

Anti abrasion cardboard coating

Nomar anti-scuff and abrasion

From 200 sq. m
Enquire for details

Anti corrosion cardboard coating

VCI corrosion inhibitor

From 500 sq. m
Enquire for details

Correx® products

Reusable and recyclable supply chain and handling solutions.

Correx handling storage totes medium duty

Correx® totes

3 x strengths
Custom sizes

Correx shipping boxes

Correx® boxes

Custom sizes
Print options

Correx stacking pick bins

Picking bins

Custom sizes
Stacking or shelf options

Correx removable dividers

Correx® dividers

Custom sizes
Adjustable cell sizes

Rapitainer returnable packaging

Returnable boxes

Custom sizes
Colour and print options

Correx layer pads

Plastic layer pads

Custom sizes
3 x material options

Correx collapsible tray

Correx® trays

Custom sizes
Varying designs

Recyclable packaging FAQs

What types of packaging can be recycled?

There are many recyclable packaging materials, including glass, paper, metals such as aluminium, and some plastics. However, the most commonly recycled material in the UK is corrugated cardboard. In fact, it is possible to recycle corrugated cardboard over 20 times.

What is the difference between recyclable packaging and biodegradable?

Recyclable packaging refers to materials that are reusable, usually after processing. Biodegradable materials, such as paper-based products, refer to packaging that decomposes over time. Packaging can either be both, such as cardboard, or just recyclable (plastics).

Can cardboard packaging replace non-recyclable materials (such as polystyrene)?

There are several scenarios where it is possible to replace packaging that cannot or is difficult to recycle with materials which can be. For example, you can use corrugated cardboard fittings and inserts instead of polystyrene inserts. Another example is using anti-static Corstat® boxes to replace ESD plastic bags.

Are there times I shouldn't use recyclable packaging?

There are some applications where it does not make sense to use traditional recyclable packaging. One is closed-loop supply chains, where reusing plastic totes and containers over many trips reduces the overall environmental impact. Another is for packaging very specialist, fragile or expensive items where the potential damage incurred through breakages – and the waste this generates – outweighs switching away from foams or other inserts.

Should I include recycling logos on my boxes?

If your business’ packaging is recyclable, it is an excellent idea to inform your customers. There is a wide range of free-to-use recycling logos for packaging, along with several that require accreditation by specific organisations or schemes. The use of recycling symbols can significantly assist end users to recycle packaging.

What does virgin vs recycled (fibres) mean?

You may hear the terms “virgin” and” recycled” when discussing corrugated cardboard. These refer to new material harvested from forests (virgin) instead of those reclaimed from previously used material (recycled). Both are essential in manufacturing most corrugated grades and are frequently mixed to achieve the best balance between sustainability and performance.

Recycling packaging

Ensuring your customers and end users are recycling packaging should be a key target for your business.

Eco-friendly packaging causes less damage to the environment. That’s a simple fact. But at GWP, we believe it’s essential to take a holistic view of what makes packaging sustainable.

Consequently, we always work alongside you to identify the economic and environmental impacts that your packaging may have.

This approach includes ethically sourcing and using recyclable packaging materials, analysing how you use your packaging, and determining whether it is suitable for your specific application. The costs to your business and how the packaging performs are also crucial factors.

It even extends to advising you on suitable recycling symbols to use on your packaging – effectively showing end users how to recycle packaging they receive.

GWP has over 30 years of experience creating successful recyclable packaging. However, as we also manufacture a wide range of reusable and specialist packaging, we are ideally placed to provide you with truly impartial advice on the most sustainable – and cost-effective – option for your business.

Commercially successful recyclable packaging

Environmentally friendly or recyclable packaging that doesn’t do its primary job—protecting your products—is counterproductive. In fact, increased returns often have a more significant environmental impact.

We are also unafraid to recommend using plastics and foam for specific applications. The ability to reuse packaging can have less of a long-term impact than expendable or single-trip packaging, even if that is recyclable.

Our team of experts also understand our responsibilities as a sustainable packaging company. We have taken steps to reduce C02 emissions, have extensive recycling systems at our manufacturing plants and are constantly exploring ways to reduce material use.

Put simply, we can offer honest, impartial and no-obligation advice on the best solution for your specific market, application or requirement. If you are looking to switch to recyclable packaging at your business but are concerned about performance, costs or the scale of the project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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