Consumer Demand Sustainable Manufacturers
Manufacturing is the largest emitting industrial sector, generating 16% of total UK greenhouse gas emissions in 2019. This means that with the UK’s push to meet its target of becoming net-zero by 2050, manufacturers have a considerable part to play in becoming more sustainable.
Sustainable manufacturing doesn’t just protect the environment, it is actually cost-effective and a USP for businesses, it can increase revenue and provide a good brand image.
Sustainable manufacturing contributes to a greater world and the demand from consumers for sustainable businesses is stronger than ever before. As more and more people in the UK and all around the world look to move to a more sustainable way of living, operating, and working. In fact, 7% of climate scientists around the world agree: that climate change is happening and it is caused by human activity. So it is time for manufacturers to think about how to be more sustainable.
As UK manufacturers we have the opportunity to go beyond expectations in improving the environmental and social impact of our products and services. We create value and add a competitive edge by always putting sustainability and the centre of our strategy.
By doing this we are able to manage our own carbon footprint and supply chain, reducing the impact our products have on the environment by offering sustainable packaging but also opening up opportunities for developing new products and entering new markets within the packaging industry.
With plastic pollution growing at an alarming rate, industries need to reduce, if not completely eliminate plastic use. Recently the Government has brought in the Plastic Packaging Tax to encourage large businesses to cut back on the amount of plastic they use and instead turn to more sustainable options.
Our sustainability promise
By acting, operating, and producing sustainably we offer our customers further opportunities to increase their sales, brand awareness, and customer loyalty by being able to easily and affordably offer sustainable packaging. Taking on this approach often translates when designing custom packaging for customers. A study revealed that sustainable packaging can help brand owners increase their net sales by about 2 to 4 percent.
Thanks to the growing number of consumers who are actively looking for and willing to pay more for sustainable products to protect the environment. Conscious consumers value eco-friendly packaging as a part of their entire brand experience.
What is sustainable packaging?
Simply put, it is packaging that, over time, reduces its environmental footprint. This can happen in a number of ways:
- Ingredients: Using raw 100% recycled or raw materials
- Production process: By minimising the production process, supply chain and carbon footprint
- Reusability: Creating a circular economy around the packaging, extending its life cycle and usability.
It’s simple to say that eco-packaging is entirely about the environment. It also should take into consideration economic and social factors. A fancy label that says ‘eco-friendly’ doesn’t mean that it’s sustainable. Similarly, labelling something as sustainable doesn’t mean that it’s ethical. As a corrugated cardboard packaging manufacturer, we are very conscious about our carbon footprint and the impact waste has on the environment.
Accredited by the official FSC certification body, this highlights our commitment to helping the environment and playing a small part in looking after UK forests for future generations. We are extremely proud to hold this certification.
What is sustainable manufacturing?
Sustainable manufacturing (SM) or green manufacturing for our purpose can be defined as a method of manufacturing that minimises waste and reduces the environmental impact.
These goals are to be obtained mainly by adopting practices that will influence the product design, process design, and operational principles. Therefore, sustainable manufacturing may be defined as a system that integrates product and process design issues with issues of manufacturing, planning, and control in such a manner as to identify, quantify, assess, and manage the flow of environmental waste with the goal of ultimately reducing the environmental impact to that of the self-recovery capability of the Earth could deal with while also trying to maximise resource efficiency.
Business opportunities from operating sustainably.
We serve our customers not only with quality products but with the added value of sustainability. Consumers want businesses to help them to be more sustainable and focusing on this has moved from a nice thing for business to do, to a core strategic strategy for the future.