Charpak Ltd Huntingdon supports Recycle Week

Taking part in the Recycle Week annual campaign, Charpak aims to help motivate more people to recycle more, and better.  We are lighting our building up green to show our support for Recycle Week and show we take recycling seriously.  The lights are on from dusk till dawn, and using low power LED lights they use little power and electricity.   What and how we recycle really...

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circular economy

Over 8 million pieces of packaging have been made from the Cambridgeshire recycled material by Charpak Ltd in the first six months.  This is following the launch of the UK’s first Localised Circular Economy at the start of 2019.   Over 200 refuse trucks of plastic waste has been collected (over 1,500 tonnes) from Cambridgeshire’s households. 199 of which have been recycled and reprocessed in the...

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Waitrose & Partners has become the first UK supermarket to launch innovative new packaging for its ‘treat tubs’, which are made from 90% recycled materials and are fully recyclable.   This sustainable packaging innovation for Waitrose has been designed and manufactured by Cambridgeshire-based Charpak Ltd.  The treat tubs are 3.5g lighter than the previous design, and will save over 14 tonnes of plastic per year.  The brand-new packaging...

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Charpak Automotive Niall Johanson automotive protective packaging

Charpak Automotive Lead, Niall Johanson, has been invited to speak in The Future of Technology Zone at Cenex-LCV on 4th September. Niall will be sharing the latest insights on the developments in returnable, recyclable, reusable, and closed-loop packaging solutions all designed to achieve low carbon success.   Held at Millbrook, on 4th- 5th September 2019, the UK’s premier low carbon vehicle event provides a showcase for companies...

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Packaging Innovations Charpak Jonathan Pearson packaging

Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2019 returns to Olympia on 11 & 12 September.  The 10th anniversary event will showcase cutting-edge product and packaging developments for the luxury packaging, beauty and personal care, and drinks industries.   Charpak’s drinks specialist, Jonathan Pearson, is one of the industry expert speakers at The Drinks Forum, Main Stage on Thursday 12th September 2019 at 11.10am.   Jonathan will be sharing the...

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UK Packaging Awards 2019 Finalist Charpak Ltd

As current UK Packaging Awards SME of the Year 2018/19, Charpak are delighted to have the opportunity to defend the title for a consecutive year, having learnt the company has been shortlisted as a Finalist in the SME of the Year 2019/20.   The Charpak drive and passion is to seek resolutions to environmental, regulatory, societal and customer needs with our proactive, agile and design-led approach to...

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Charpak Ltd six tips for own brand retailers and food manufacturers to achieve more sustainable packaging

Charpak’s Director of Sales and Innovation, Justin Kempson, speaks with Solutions for Retail Brands and shared his top tips for own-brand retailers and food manufacturers to adopt when addressing consumer and industry concerns around product and packaging design, and its environmental impact.

 

1. Design for Recyclability

 

RECOUP Recyclability By DesignMinimising food waste, and avoiding over-packaging products is an essential and growing requirement to address climate change, and carbon footprint. The 2019 Recyclability by Design guidelines from RECOUP and The British Plastics Federation are easy to understand industry guidelines for packaging and non-packaging professionals to keep close to hand, when working with a range of plastic materials. For designers, packaging technologists and wider sales and marketing teams the guiding principle is to support continuous improvements in packaging design, and best use of materials.

 

 

2. Address consumer concerns

 

Consumers continue to give clear feedback of their expectations on brands, manufacturers and retailers to choose more appropriate packaging material types and formats. Consumers expect the industry to take the lead and ensure packaging is easy to recycle. Avoiding unintended consequences by switching to packaging alternatives that may cause other detrimental impact must also be considered as part of the new product, and new packaging development process.

 

 

3. Crystal clear on-pack labelling is essential

 

Justin advocates every producer applies the recognised OPRL system as undoubtedly the best system to use.  It is straightforward, easy to understand and is highly trusted by UK consumers, local authorities and the retail supply chain. The recognisable green and black symbols also overcome any misinterpretation, legibility or language challenges.

 

In addition to the OPRL system on outer packaging Charpak Ltd  recommend the inclusion of plastic resin codes on both primary and secondary packaging.  Always applying a clear message will help change behaviour with a strong call-to-action to recycle.

 

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4. Address greenwashing

 

Greenwashing is the practice of making an unsubstantiated or misleading claim about the environmental credentials of a product. Unfortunately, greenwashing only confuses the issue further. With greenwashing on the increase, this must be addressed by the product and brand owners to ensure consumers don’t receive misleading claims; that may impact on the recovery and recycling of products, and its packaging.

 

Charpak recommend retailer packaging specifications address this in every brief.

 

 

5. Improve consumer communications – educate and engage to aid understanding

 

Helping consumers understand why certain packaging is used will help understand the complexity of the challenge. Charpak have produced helpful FAQ guides for our customers and own brand retailers have an even greater opportunity with their own employees and customer communications. Supporting Recycle Now campaigns, and using the Recycle Locator to help improve localised recycling in addition to consistent consumer messaging is key to helping reduce confusion.

 

Own brand retailers can help with in-store communications, through their mobile, digital and social media and in direct customer communications such as voucher mailings and customer e-newsletters. Charpak encourage own brands and retailers continue to promote and ‘shout about’ their successes in the changes they are making (and why), as it will most importantly, build trust and drive change in consumer behaviour.

 

 

6. Collaborate with suppliers

 

In our experience, the most effective solution to addressing the packaging and waste challenge is delivered when we work collaboratively, bringing together each organisation’s expertise. Charpak have a continual R&D and investment programme to ensure new innovations and packaging technologies are always in development. Committed to driving sustainability in thermoformed plastics and at the forefront of designing and manufacturing packaging which minimises environmental impact, our packaging experts clearly present the evidence and facts as to which solution is environmentally, ethically and economically viable, and most importantly, fit-for-purpose.

 

 

We ask own brand retailers:  Help us to Help You – Together We Can

 

 

 

Justin’s full interview with S4RB and key recommendations for own brand retailers can be read HERE.

Charpak welcomed to the Formula One Rolex British Grand Prix 2019, the heart of high-performance engineering

Charpak has enjoyed a reputation for innovative advanced performance engineering in high-precision thermoforming for many years, so it was not wholly unexpected when our directors, Paul and Gary Smith, received a VIP invitation to attend the Formula One Rolex British Grand Prix Business Friday at Silverstone.   Apart from being one of the most prestigious and high profile International sporting events held in the UK, the British...

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The Environmental Packaging Summit 16 July 2019

The Environmental Packaging Summit is taking place on Tuesday 16th July 2019.  Hosted by Packaging News and taking place at The Crystal in London, this one-day event examines how the packaging industry can respond to the growing pressure on sustainability, from design and manufacture through to end of life and waste management.   Liz Bonnin kicks off the Summit with an inspiring Keynote session setting the scene...

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Charpak Ltd discusses the challenges faces when addressing sustainable and recyclable packaging

Inside Own Brands – Summer 2019   Charpak Ltd have collaborated with Inside Own Brands, the online quarterly magazine that brings together expert knowledge, opinion and insights into the latest trends and news from the world of retail own brand.  This collaboration is to offer our customers insight from a range of industry experts, to help them get the most from their supply chain.   Read and Download the...

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