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CBI says government and business should work together to save resources

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

According to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), government and business interests need to work together to overcome the barriers that prevent the use of fewer resources and achieve greater efficiencies.

At the launch of its report entitled ‘Made to last: Creating a resource efficient economy’ earlier this week, the CBI said that businesses are increasingly looking to improve their resource efficiency in terms of both man-made and natural materials, as doing so offers them competitive advantage and reduces their dependence on supplies which can be volatile in price and availability.

At an event on resource security organised jointly with the Green Alliance and attended by Business Secretary, Vince Cable, the CBI’s Deputy Director-General, Neil Bentley, said, “The CBI has worked hard over a number of years to show leadership on climate change. We want to do the same with the much broader issue of resource efficiency. There’s a business case for acting, and a threat to our growth prospects if we don’t.” He went on, “Too many different government departments at too many different levels are coming up with their own ways of dealing with this problem. We’re looking to the Business Secretary and the EU Commissioner to give us the right policy framework. The CBI continues to believe you need to be green and grow. At the front of our mind should be how we can use this agenda to increase our competitiveness, deliver growth and ensure security of supplies well into the future. Framed correctly, environmental goals can help us achieve our economic goals.”

The CBI report argues that three steps are necessary to achieve a more resource efficient economy:

  1. Recognise that resource efficiency makes business and environmental sense and will be key to our future economy;
  2. Establish a shared set of indicators for resource efficiency before introducing targets; and
  3. Address policy and market risks to investment in resource efficient products and services

Also speaking at the event, Chief Executive of WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), Liz Goodwin, argued that produce reuse could hold the key to issues of resource security. She said that by pursuing the opportunities for reuse, the UK could lower its reliance on raw materials by as much as 20% by the year 2020. Her speech hinted at a shift from a focus on packaging to one on products and their lifecycles.

In the supply of custom-printed carrier bags, for example, the CBI and WRAP would no doubt recommend a shift towards longer-life bags such as those produced from cotton, canvas or non-woven material.

During his time at the podium, the European Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potočnik, said the EC would be promoting eco-design next year within the EU. He stated, “If every company could afford to carry out a proper life-cycle costing of its operations and products, and consumers were properly informed, then waste could be prevented, products recycled and re-used. Many companies are already doing this, but there are many different standards across the European economy. A common approach across the EU would help break down these barriers and open up more opportunities for a truly European Single Market for green products. Public authorities could help by making their procurement decisions sustainable across the life-cycle.”

The Carrier Carrier Company clocks up 10 years

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

We are celebrating ten years of successful trading this November.

Said Nigel Scott, Sales & Marketing Manager for the firm, “The time has certainly flown by, but it’s been a great business to be involved in. We took our very first order – for the PR firm, Grayling – in November 2001. Over the years,” continued Mr Scott, “we’ve supplied carrier bags to some of the biggest global brands including Coca-Cola, Toyota, the BBC, Moet, Shell, Disney and HSBC.”

Over the last 10 years our range of custom-printed bags has expanded to include laminated paper bags, bottle bags, twisted paper handle (kraft) paper, polythene, cotton, canvas and non-woven material. We specialise in meeting urgent orders, offering lead-times from just five working days. Says Nigel Scott, “We’re very proud of our reputation for providing exceptional service. This is why many of our clients turn to us time and time again to meet their exhibition or promotional carrier bag needs.”

We are now looking forward to the next 10 years.

Swiss recycling report prompts backlash

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

EuPR (European Plastics Recyclers) has dubbed a Swiss report that suggests landfilling could be preferable to recycling for PET bottles as “unwise”.

The report from SRI Consulting – entitled “PET’s Carbon Footprint: To Recycle or Not to Recycle” – analysed the carbon footprint of PET bottles and secondary packaging from the production of raw material to disposal. It concluded that landfilling for plastic bottles could have a lower carbon footprint than recycling in countries with recycling yields of lower than 50%.

In response, Casper van den Dungen, Chairman of the EuPR PET Working Group, has said that the report’s analysis would result in the loss of “valuable material in landfills”. Mr van den Dungen argues that the model used in the report is intrinsically wrong, as in reality landfill should be avoided as a starting principle. “These kind of studies are hazardous because they are bringing a wrong message to the population that their efforts to recycle are useless,” he says. “It goes against all the efforts achieved during the past decades in order to reduce litter.”

SRI Consulting found that deposits and segregated collections resulted in a higher yield than kerbside collections in terms of generating material to replace virgin PET in new products. The report’s authors say that the aim should be to boost the yield to more than 50% of material being collected being turned into new products. “This key is not in raising collection rates, but in improving yields, especially in sorting and to a lesser extent in reprocessing,” comments Mike Arné, Assistant Director of SRI Consulting’s carbon footprint initiative. “For countries without a recycling infrastructure and sufficient space, the best choice may well be to landfill bottles.”

Loan fund set to boost plastics recycling

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

On Tuesday of this week, WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) launched a mixed plastics loan fund worth £2 million to boost reprocessing of plastics waste in the UK. The measure is aimed at increasing the recycling of everyday items such as yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and food trays. This move could help to raise the profile of non-woven carrier bags, which are manufactured from recovered PET (polyethylene terephthalate) – typically, plastic bottles.

Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by government funding from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its loan fund will provide valuable capital support to investors in mixed plastics reprocessing plants across the country. This comes at a time when the market price for recovered PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is at a record high. Despite this, 90% of mixed plastics in our UK waste are still going to landfill.

Marcus Gover, Director of Market Development for WRAP, commented, “A reduction in available capital brought on by the current economic climate, together with recent market price volatility in recovered materials has meant that the risk-reward balance is still a barrier to private sector investment in mixed plastics recycling in the UK. By establishing a loan fund, as opposed to offering a capital grant, investors can pay back the money after they start making a profit and WRAP can re-invest those funds into more support for the mixed plastics market.”

UK householders dispose of 1.7 million tonnes of mixed plastics every year and it is estimated that only 20,000 tonnes of this is diverted from landfill. Paul Davidson, Plastics Sector Specialist for WRAP, believes that PET recycling could be worth up to £500 million a year to the UK economy. “At the moment the UK exports all of its recovered non-bottle plastics, mostly to China,” he said. “If we closed the loop through increased collections and reprocessing of mixed plastics, the economic benefits could be startling.”

Figures just released by Petcore (PET containers recycling Europe, a non-profit trade association based in Brussels) show that European post-sorting PET collection reached 1.4 million tonnes in 2009, an increase of more than 8% on 2008. The overall collection rate in 2009 rose by almost 2.5% – from 46% to 48.4% – of all PET bottles on the market.

It is estimated that there is a total mechanical reclamation capacity in Europe of 1.6 million tonnes. This provides the impetus for the industry to increase the current collection rate beyond 50%. Exports to the Far East fell slightly to 16% of collected PET and 67,000 tonnes of baled PET bottles were imported from outside the area. Of the collected bales that are reprocessed in Europe, only 75% is usable PET – the remainder consists of caps, labels, residues, foreign materials and other polymers. Interestingly, the continuing programme of bottle weight reduction results in caps and labels forming a greater proportion by weight of the collected PET.

Commented Roberto Bertaggia, Chairman of the Petcore Board, “I should like to congratulate members of the PET industry chain who have worked with Collection Agencies, National Bodies and European Recyclers to increase the collection rate to nearly 50% of all PET bottles placed on the market. For the collection of PET bottles in Europe to increase by more than 8% in such difficult economic circumstances is a real achievement.”

Carrier bags: one of the most powerful marketing tools

Friday, June 25th, 2010

It’s as true in business as it is in life – sometimes the simpler things are, the better! Promotional merchandise has been playing a vital role in the consumer market for several decades now. Marketing research shows that it is one of the most cost-effective methods of keeping a company’s brand visible to consumers. As the promotional goods sector has matured, all kinds of weird and wonderful products have reached the marketplace – from stress balls and air fresheners to digital photo frames and cuddly toys. Yet no other promotional product can match the carrier bag when it comes down to practical appeal and bottom-line cost-effectiveness.

Almost everyone needs a carrier bag for some purpose during the average week. They are a universal product – used by young and old, men and women, rich and poor, business executives and market shoppers. What’s more, their format is inherently suited to brand visibility – with two large and relatively flat areas suited to the printing of logos and promotional messages. Last – but absolutely not least – they are intrinsically portable, meaning that your marketing message will be seen by many people in your marketplace – whether that’s an exhibition hall, a shopping centre or the high street.

With a wide choice of materials – including paper, plastic, cotton, canvas and non-woven fabric – there is a carrier bag to suit every marketing budget. Some styles are designed for mass production at very low cost, while others feature exceptionally high quality for an exclusive appeal. Many carrier bag options are environmentally friendly too, with even polythene bags capable of being manufactured from biodegradable material.

Given their low unit cost, usefulness, attractiveness and durability, it really is no surprise that the humble carrier bag has remained a stalwart in the promotional armoury of the savvy marketing manager for so long!