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As a packaging user, product designer, working in procurement or simply the person tasked with identifying and implementing environmental improvements, you’ll understand how important sustainability is to your business.
Similarly, as a packaging manufacturer, GWP Group understands the business’s responsibility to the environment.
As such, GWP proudly demonstrates a proven track record in providing the most environmentally responsible packaging solutions. However, this is not based on current trends and media agendas. Instead, more than 30 years of experience and knowledge determine the best solution for your specific application.
At a glance
Here is how GWP can help your business and the packaging you use be more sustainable:
- Reducing the volume of material used through intelligent design.
- Optimising pack sizes for efficient transport and lower emissions.
- Substituting hard-to-recycle materials with those which are easier to.
- Sourcing all materials used in your packaging from responsible suppliers and sustainable sources.
- Provide unbiased advice on whether single trip or returnable packaging is most sustainable for your application.
- Assisting with life cycle assessments for your packaging.
- Offering flexible and optimised delivery schedules.
- Helping you with data and reporting for waste regulations and other legislation.
- Assisting you in communicating the sustainability of your packaging to your customers and stakeholders.
- Providing updates, guides and relevant information to assist in your sustainability goals.
- Making significant strides to continually improve the sustainability of GWP’s own business.
Sustainable packaging design
The main advantage that GWP offers your business, from an environmental perspective, is the ability to maintain a packaging design’s effectiveness and appeal whilst reducing any environmental impact.
A team of experienced designers create your packaging to be inherently sustainable, using a unique design process that considers environmental impact at all stages.
A robust design process can reduce the amount of material your packaging uses. It can also identify opportunities for using lighter-weight materials without sacrificing performance. Sustainable design can also allow you to substitute hard-to-recycle materials (such as plastics) with paper-based alternatives.
Single trip vs returnable packaging
The other key point to consider is that GWP is both a single-trip and returnable packaging supplier. It means you can ask for genuinely impartial and unbiased advice on the most cost-effective and sustainable option for your business.
GWP takes an ethical approach to source any raw materials and products your packaging uses. Doing so means working with carefully selected suppliers and complying with several schemes and initiatives.
In short, the aim is to work with suppliers that uphold the same sustainability standards that GWP work to. Suppliers are vetted and frequently questioned regarding their sustainability practices.
Many of GWP’s most significant raw material suppliers are at the forefront of driving sustainability within the packaging industry.
Besides this, the Macfarlane Group are a member of Sedex. This organisation is one of the world leaders in ethical trade. Sedex membership ensures the wider business operates all supply chains transparently, sustainably and responsibly.
All of the corrugated packaging that GWP supply is FSC® certified by default.
Doing this allows you to source sustainable packaging and communicate this to your customers by using the FSC logo on your boxes.
For further information on GWP’s sustainability accreditations, please click here.
REACH, RoHS and conflict minerals
GWP has detailed policies on REACH (Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals), RoHS (The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances) and Conflict minerals.
To see all of GWP’s policies, please visit the Resources section.
Support and information
A significant advantage that GWP offers your business is the ability and capacity to support your sustainability goals and projects. This assistance extends beyond simply manufacturing sustainable packaging. Crucially, GWP can supply the data and information you need to inform your sustainability agenda.
Packaging Waste Regulations
GWP can supply detailed information regarding your packaging use. This information allows you to comply with your environmental obligations.
Data and lifecycle assessments
GWP always look to assist your business in any specific environmental or sustainability initiatives you are implementing at your organisation.
Support here can involve supplying data, helping with life cycle assessments of your packaging, or providing help with specific projects.
Communication with your customers
Your customers are increasingly expecting your packaging to be sustainable. Communicating this clearly and succinctly is paramount.
GWP can advise you on the best recycling logos, symbols and branding to convey your sustainability achievements to your customers.
Whilst this includes FSC certification, GWP can advise on using On-Packaging Recycling labels (OPRL), PAP 20, RESY, Green Dot and others, should these be relevant to your business.
Information and guides
A wide range of guides and advice is published on the GWP website and is available on request as a customer of GWP.
Information includes a range of guides and articles covering everything from recycling symbols to deciphering the jargon surrounding sustainable packaging. You can also download various in-depth PDF guides and whitepapers.
For any information you cannot find online, a team of packaging experts are happy to offer help and advice tailored to your specific industry, application or packaging.