Our Environmental Commitments



Corporate responsibility and sustainability of packaging is core to our business. Charpak is committed to delivering a SMART, realistic, co-ordinated and collaborative sustainable solution for our clients.


Our commitment to environmental sustainability is demonstrated by our launch of the UK’s first Localised Circular Economy in 2019.  The Cambridgeshire-wide programme uses up to 90% recycled plastic to manufacture products, then at end of the product’s use the packaging is recycled, super-cleaned and re-manufactured into new packaging products.



You can view our Environmental Policy here



  • Over 95% of Charpak packaging is manufactured from either a recycled grade plastic, or is fully reusable or recyclable.


  • Charpak packaging contains a minimum of 70% recycled content and up to 90% recyclate:
    50% PCW (post consumer waste) and up to 40% PIW (post industrial waste).


  • Charpak’s PET packaging contains 50% PCW (post consumer waste) and up to 40% PIW (post industrial waste).


  • We mark all Charpak manufactured products* with the correct recycle / material code to aid recycling.
    * where clients allow.


We are Serious about Sustainability, minimising environmental impact and reducing plastics pollution.  As founder members of The UK Plastics Pact we balance the requirements of our clients’ technical and functional requirements of their packaging for in-process manufacturing, transportation and at end of use to minimise waste and to create a circular economy.






Recent developments:



2020: With our supply chain partners we have developed a new jazz solution re-using recycled coloured plastics, made from 86% recycled material, which can re-use black plastic packaging.


2019: Targeting zero waste we launched the UK’s first Localised Circular Economy in 2019 collaborating across the waste management, recycling and reprocessing and packaging supply chain.


2019: The Charpak designed Twist-Loc Tub protects FMCG ambient and chilled food products.  The unique design removes micro-plastics, uses less material and is 100% widely recyclable. This new solution was awarded Innovation of the Year at the UK Packaging Awards in 2019.


2018: Awarded SME of the Year at the UK Packaging Awards in recognition for our developments and innovations to packaging sustainability.


2017:  Highly Commended Runner Up in the UK SME Business Culture of the Year Awards



Downgauging materials to reduce packaging, lightweighting existing packaging, and replacing non-recyclable materials with recyclable (and widely recycled) packaging is an integral part of the Charpak design process.


  • As part of Charpak’s commitment to sustainability the company’s skeletal waste is granulated and taken for cleaning, re-processing and re-manufacture into new plastic sheets ready for manufacturing into new products or new packaging. 


  • The company targets a zero waste policy. In 2017-2019 over 99.2% of Charpak’s waste was recycled or reused.


  • Charpak is a PVC FREE company.



Charpak manufacture products from:


Clear rPET

  • Charpak’s Clear rPET packaging contains 50% PCW (post consumer waste) and up to 40% PIW (post industrial waste)
  • Charpak granulates our clear rPET scrap material.  Through our circular economy we reuse the super-cleaned reprocessed resource for new packaging
  • Clear rPET is widely recycled



Coloured Jazz rPET (Satchmo)

  • Charpak’s Satchmo rPET coloured Jazz packaging contains 86% recycled material
  • This new solution can replace hard to recycle black plastic packaging, and is available in a variety of colours
  • All can be widely widely recycled



Coloured PET (excluding black)

  • Coloured plastics are most frequently referred to as ‘jazz’
  • Coloured rPET is widely recycled and has nearly always been the basis for the recycled material to produce black rPET
  • Coloured PET is a suitable alternative to black rPET for food and non-food packaging, where clear rPET is not the most suitable for use.



Black rPET

  • Contains 50% PCW (post consumer waste) and up to 40% PIW (post industrial waste)
  • Charpak has a closed-loop system to ensure our waste goes back into our products
  • Black rPET, whilst technically recyclable, is not widely recycled in the current UK waste and resource infrastructure





  • Our products contain around 10% in-process recyclate material
  • PP is recyclable, however, the UK does not currently have a way of recycling PP into food grade approved packaging.  The most common reuse for PP is commercial and industrial markets.


Charpak sustainable premium beverages value added packaging



Contact our technical experts, design engineers and packaging technologists on 01480 434 434 or enquiries@charpak.co.uk to see how our award-winning team can help your business achieve its packaging and sustainability goals.

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