Sustainable Packaging Policy
Internationally there is no clarity about what constitutes ‘sustainable packaging’. Policy initiatives have focused on waste reduction and recycling rather than sustainability. However we aim to achieve continuous improvements in the ‘life cycle environmental impacts’ of packaging even though there are no clear targets or principles for sustainable packaging policies.
In determining the appropriate policy we have to balance the need to protect the manufactured product (which in itself has the largest carbon foot print relative to the packaging element), to consider manual handling implications of packaged goods and also the environmental impact of the packaging materials themselves.
We have settled on a varying mixture of Dufaylite High Compression Lightweight Packaging Pads, Corex Sheet and Plastic Shrink Wrap as our core packaging materials.
The combination of these elements allows the product to be wrapped to protect it from dust and debris which might pit or scratch the paint surface, but also allows stacking to a height that makes best use of the load foot print, i.e. the efficient loading of pallets to reduce the amount of lorry load bed space taken up by each order.
The use of Dufaylite High Compression Lightweight Packaging Pads allows stacking of doors to a height of 6 door sets per pallet. This still allows movement by fork lift truck, but also allows the pallets to be split into separate door set loads for manual handling.
The Dufaylite High Compression Lightweight Packaging Pads are made from paper and cardboard and although durable and re-usable, are easily recycled once worn or damaged.
Corex Sheet is durable and re-usable for protection of the finished works. The manufacturer, Cordek, also operates a collection and recycling service which more and more sites are taking advantage of when segregated waste disposal is practiced.
We are currently seeking an alternative for Plastic Shrink Wrap to complete the recyclable pedigree of our packaging materials.
Minimal packaging is also a common goal to help reduce our costs.