Plastic packaging is changing at breakneck speed. Reduction in its use is high on the European Union’s (EU) agenda and big brands are looking for alternatives. They need to satisfy environmentally aware shareholders and customers and find alternatives to plastic packaging. But none of the steps taken so far is quite so radical or so expensive as Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) latest plan. It’s going to impact packaging converters both in the UK where it is being trialled over three months, and in other M&S locations around the world if it gets fully rolled out.
We all know that we should be doing more to reduce environmental impacts, but how to go about doing it is not always so simple. In the graphics industry we rely on our industry associations for leadership, but it isn’t easy to lead on a topic like the environment. It’s also not easy to know how to communicate the environment and sustainability’s importance to members, or where to start even.
It was probably enough to have one blog on the COP24 climate change conflab recently held in Katowice, Poland. But this is such an important topic that we’re stretching it to one more, to share what is probably the most important outcome.
It’s not easy to get worked up about the Conference of the Parties (COP) talkfest that took place recently in Katowice, Poland. But as slow moving and ponderous this annual meeting appears to be, progress to address climate change mitigation is gradually being made. Sadly the graphics industry pays virtually no heed to the COP outcomes, but that doesn’t mean that they are not worth paying attention to.
Scheufelen Paper, a leading European maker of coated premium paper products for the graphics business, is developing a new paper based on grass. Scheufelen’s new development has interesting potential as an exciting alternative for packaging, as well as being suitable for graphic papers.