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.


Charpak is committed to minimising the environmental impact of plastics 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.


Downgauging and lightweighting existing packaging, or replacing non-recyclable packaging materials with recyclable (and recycled) packaging is an integral part of the in-house 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 2018 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 reprocesses it’s scrap back into material we purchase from our supply chain
  • Clear rPET is widely recycled


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


Coloured PET (excluding black)

  • Widely recycled and will nearly always be the basis of the post consumer waste in black rPET
  • Coloured plastics are most frequently referred to as ‘jazz’.  Coloured PET can be considered as an alternative to black for presentation of food and non-food items if clear PET is not the most suitable for use.



  • 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.

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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