The volume of household waste rejected for recycling across England has risen by 84% since 2011, government figures reveal.

Earlier this year, the BBC reported on the growing issue of rejected household recyclable waste. Going green is also a hot topic in the business world and something that companies can’t run away from. Consumers are increasingly seeking out actively eco-friendly suppliers, while businesses that haven’t adopted a plan of action will be considered less desirable than their counterparts.

Here’s a look at what some businesses are currently doing to reduce their environmental impact.

In the office

Alarmingly, around 12.5 million computers have been thrown into landfills over the past five years. Many other electrical devices are thrown straight into the bin, instead of being taken to a local recycling plant where it will be disposed of responsibly. Offices throughout the UK are still burning a high level of energy, dumping equipment into landfills, and buying cheaper non-green office supplies for everyday use.

Whether a small business that orders a modest amount of supplies, or a large building that receives pallets every week, there is always the option to choose green.

  • Try to buy from eco-friendly suppliers who use recycled materials.
  • You should also try and buy IT equipment that’s multi-functional. This way, instead of buying three separate machines to scan, copy and fax, you can buy one to do it all.

On the road

Many businesses have to keep vehicles on the road. There are always ways that the transportation of goods can adhere to a green ethos, however. Even if it’s a gradual implementation, changing methods to something more environmentally friendly can not only impress current clients but also potential customers.

  • Drivers are a vital part of the process as driving style has an impact on fuel costs and carbon footprint. It may be worth introducing additional training on best practices for reducing consumption. Business owners can even set up an incentive to ensure the training stays front of mind.
  • Keeping vehicles maintained and properly managed will increase their lifespan. A healthy vehicle is better for budgets and the environment.

Waste management

Businesses have a responsibility to the planet, especially those that go through a lot of waste. As time progresses, the government are cracking down on businesses that don’t recycle or manage their waste correctly.

While waste disposal is important, it is evident from the government’s latest figures that recycling is not foolproof. A more effective method of staying green is to reduce the amount of waste you have in the first place. If you can find ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, you will help to reduce the amount of rubbish that ends up in UK landfills each year.

With every passing year, the message of being an eco-friendly nation becomes a little stronger. As more homes and businesses subscribe to a green ethos, it’s becoming unnecessary and unethical to ignore it.

Marpak Extrusions produces premium polythene film with a company focus on environmental needs. In addition to driving the reduction of waste, we actively offer alternative products that are completely eco-friendly. Using 100% renewable sugarcane ethanol, we’ve been able to produce an alternative to polythene that’s equally effective. This gives businesses the option to be as green as possible, which lowers their carbon footprint and sends out the right message to current and potential customers.

For more information on sustainable polythene, visit our website or contact us today on 0113 277 5518.

Pallet Covers: protecting your products

Supply chain optimisation is complex but there is one simple way to see improvements. For almost any business involved in product manufacture, protecting your goods during transportation is a vital consideration.

When smaller items or goods are being shipped in bulk, one of the most effective ways of offering protection is through specially-designed pallet covers.

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Simple ways to improve your carbon credentials

There are many compelling reasons why businesses decide to address their carbon credentials. Every company in the UK needs to fulfil legal responsibilities concerning the environment. For example, firms must use recyclable or recoverable packaging materials and dispose of waste safely. They must pay the Climate Change Levy on energy consumption and Landfill Tax.  Publicly held companies must report greenhouse gas emissions, while the government encourages others to follow suit.

Driving corporate sustainability also has straight-up benefits. Sustainable businesses can enjoy tax relief and save money on energy bills. They make more efficient use of resources, impress stakeholders, and enhance their reputation.

As a result, the case for companies to minimise their impact on the environment is clear. What’s less obvious is the best way to put a commitment to being “green” into practice. That’s why we’ve put together the following advice about how you can boost your company’s carbon credentials and reap the rewards.

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Choose Marpak Green for sustainable polythene

For virtually every branch of the manufacturing industry today, packaging is one of the most vital resources. It goes almost unnoticed and is usually quickly disposed of, but it protects the quality of everything you produce, from factory to your customers’ hands. As a result, it’s something that requires serious consideration.

One of the products you’re most likely to use is polythene. It was the Imperial Chemical Industries who recognised polythene’s real potential in the 1930s and it was they who developed it into the packaging material that’s been an ever-present feature of our landscape ever since. However in the late 20th century we began to view polythene differently.

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Food-grade bags for food packaging

Numerous stories have appeared in the media over recent years concerning the safety of various types of food packaging. The increased public awareness these have generated should be of great concern to food manufacturers, as it serves nobody to produce and distribute consumables to the highest hygiene standards if the buying public no longer has confidence in its packaging.

Naturally, it’s the chemicals in some forms of plastic packaging that are causing the greatest concern, but the ready availability of food-safe materials means that you shouldn’t have to compromise between long-term customer wellbeing and short-term hygiene.

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Go green with sustainable polythene

Most people are aware of both the need to go green and the growing problems facing UK landfills. These subjects are splashed across the news and often discussed on social media. The idea of being eco-friendly or green isn’t new, but that doesn’t necessarily mean all that can be done is being actioned.

Going green is a hot topic in the business world and something that companies can’t run away from. Consumers are seeking out actively eco-friendly suppliers and any businesses that haven’t adopted a plan of action will be considered less desirable than their counterparts.

Here’s a look at how businesses can and are currently making a difference.

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Why should you use sustainable pallet covers?

Sustainable pallet covers can improve your carbon footprint and reduce your overall costs.

Traditional polythene is the most widely produced type of plastic available. However, it is also widely known as a material that’s bad for the environment. Research for ‘The New Plastics Economy: rethinking the future of plastics’ estimates that only 5% of plastic packaging is recycled globally, compared to 40% that is deposited in landfills.

Eco-friendly polythene provides a solution to this problem, giving your business a sustainable, cost-effective alternative to traditional plastics.

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