Aylesbury Box Company
Environmental & Social Sustainability Policy
Aylesbury Box Company was established as a specialist cardboard packaging company in 1987.
From day one, a significant proportion of our corrugated cardboard was purchased from certified
sources. This ensures the responsible management of forests, where saplings are planted to replace
harvested trees and biodiversity is protected.
Having a sustainable product is not enough. Over the past decade, we have been actively investing
in ways to improve energy efficiency, waste management and processes. In 2021, our efforts were
recognised, as Aylesbury Box Company became a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified
Underpinning our strategy is a vision that our activities should achieve positive social and
environmental outcomes for our clients, business partners, community, and employees.
We recognise that this is a tough challenge, yet know it is a commercial reality if we are to maintain
long term economic stability. We continuously strive to understand how to limit our negative
impact on the environment, integrate fully with Society and, therefore, do our part to ensure a
We understand that the Environment, Society and the Economy are interconnected and that a
holistic view is required to achieve a sustainable company.
All employees at Aylesbury Box are trained and empowered to achieve these high standards. We
are proud to have a broad policy to help us meet these standards. Therefore, it is in every fibre of
Embedded good practice throughout the manufacturing process, Aylesbury Box Company is FSC®
certified. With this environmental and social standard, we can prove that your paper-based
packaging is sourced and processed responsibly.
Embedding Environmental Values into Packaging Design and Manufacture
Historically, economic activity has had a devastating impact on our environment. On behalf of our
customers and employees, we want to push positive change in the packaging industry. We aim to
focus on the sustainable life cycle of our cardboard and plastics and minimise our factory’s
environmental footprint today and into the future.
It all starts with good design. We aim to create sustainable solutions from the outset, use paper
from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC(R)) certified sources, ensure reusability and encourage the
use of recycled materials. We consider the manufacturing process, the work environment and print
finishes, with the aim of minimising waste.
Aylesbury Box Company trains our team, enabling them to actively engage with all stakeholders to
drive sustainability during the design process.
We promote paper over plastics in all of our designs, as we believe there are considerable
challenges to finding suitable recycling facilities for plastics. Furthermore, the understanding of
microplastics in our biosphere is ongoing and not adequately understood.
We recommend optimised packaging design; solutions with no more or less packaging than is
required to adequately protect and present goods. We are keen to help our clients remove the
need for unnecessary packaging, including fillers. We also advise on how to encourage our
customers’ clients to reuse or recycle packaging.
All of our cardboard products are 100% recyclable and biodegradable, and we offer the same
options for our plastic and foam products too. By 2025, we aim to make all our plastic products
either 100% recyclable or 100% biodegradable (with a critical eye on what ‘biodegradable’ means
and the effect of microplastics on our Environment).
We source our paper products from forests with recognised international schemes to ensure no
wood comes from controversial and unsustainable origins. The vast majority of our paper-based
packaging consists of 80% recycled paper and 20% wood from sustainable forests. However, we
manufacture boxes made from 100% recycled paper too.
We comply with all environmental legislation administered by the UK Environment Agency,
including Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations and Packaging Waste Producer
Responsibilities. This compliance keeps us focused on reducing the amount of packaging produced.
It also ensures we consider how much packaging waste goes to landfill and increase the amount of
recycled and recovered packaging.