Best Practice in the Packaging Sector
In the past, the production of goods was a linear process. Items were designed, raw materials were supplied, the goods were manufactured and used, then dumped. The same process applied to the packaging; it was simply a disposable means of transporting goods.
It is now realised that for both goods and packaging, a circular model is preferable. This involves greater input at the design stage. Good design involves considering how the items are constructed in order that they last longer, are easier to repair and can be recycled or upcycled. Where possible, recycled materials are used to manufacture the goods and at the end of life, they can again be reused.
Shift Towards a Circular Economy
As a box manufacturer, we have seen a considerable shift towards the circular economy model in the packaging sector. This has been partly initiated in response to greater environmental awareness, but other factors have also contributed, namely consumer pressure, efficiency, financial savings, and the sustainability of the business model.
Consumers Seeking Ethical Credentials
In recent years, many consumers have taken a greater interest in the impact of their choices. From free-range, organic and Fairtrade produce, to plastic-free packaging, buyers are looking for brands with ethical credentials. No company wants to lose customers to the competition and this has motivated many to invest in new processes, packaging materials and suppliers in response to consumer demand.
Efficient Production to Reduce Waste
The circular economy focuses on minimising waste throughout the production process. This involves considering ways to reduce the use of raw materials, water and energy. At Aylesbury Box Company, we can reduce the volume of off-cuts simply by altering the positioning of cardboard in the cutting machines. Combining manufacture and print processes have cut energy costs, as did switching to LED lightbulbs throughout our premises.
Cost Savings Resulting from Efficiencies
The great news is that, as well as reducing the environmental impact, there are associated cost benefits of efficiencies. When you find ways to reduce the use of water and energy the bills go down. If it is possible to reduce the supply of raw material or use recycled alternatives without compromising on quality, this can also boost profitability.
Sustainable Business Models
Lower levels of reliance on materials, water and energy all contribute to sustainability. If you can produce more using less, there is a better chance of remaining competitive. Less reliance on resources also makes it easier to adapt, scale or extend, in response to change. These and other beneficial outcomes ensure that the circular economy model supports longer-term business planning.
Applying the Circular Economy to Packaging
Aylesbury Box Company is committed to strong environmental credentials. All corrugated cardboard is formed from a high percentage of recycled fibres and we can manufacture 100% recycled cardboard boxes. With cardboard engineering expertise, knowledge of box design and a detailed understanding of manufacturing processes, our team have helped many customers to switch to sustainable cardboard packaging.
We actively promote print solutions, that not only build brand awareness, but also inform and encourage others to reuse and recycle cardboard packaging. If you would like to find out more, contact us on 01296 436888.