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.

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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Lightweight, strong and tremendously versatile, polythene is indispensable to businesses in industries as diverse as food production and glass manufacturing. It plays a key role in the storage and transportation of goods. For instance, pallet covers made of polythene are a common sight in factories and warehouses.

Polythene helps to protect products against damage, the effects of poor weather conditions, spoilage and theft. Because it weighs very little and isn’t at all bulky or heavy, polythene enables businesses to make more efficient use of space and reduce distribution costs.

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If the twentieth century taught us anything, it’s that we cannot expand our operations in any area indefinitely, without acknowledging the effect we’re having on our environment.

From the Dustbowl of the 1930s to the Fukushima event just a few year ago, again and again we have seen the potentially catastrophic effects of using non-sustainable or high-waste methods to grow our businesses.

It is possible to adopt practices that make us far less susceptible to environmental crises. Many of these practices will also save us money and improve the standing of our brand within our chosen marketplace. Put simply, green is the new black. But where to begin?

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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is rapidly emerging as the defining business concept of our age. Of course, philanthropy is not a new phenomenon in the corporate world: traditional companies like Olivetti, Clarks shoes and Lever Bros sought to improve the lives of their workers by providing good working conditions, housing and education.

But the motivations behind their behaviour may well have been surprisingly modern: Victorian philanthropists would probably have agreed with many of the following points.

Because It’s Inherently Good To Do What’s Right

Of all the arguments that follow, this one carries the most weight, and it applies regardless of any religious affiliations. The business world is a source of great power and influence, and by fulfilling its responsibility to the society within which it operates it’s doing an inherently good thing. This is particularly true in times of unrest or economic downturn.

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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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Whether it’s greenhouse gas emissions, the state of the ozone layer or climate change, the environment is a hot issue. But as the recent Paris Summit of over 195 countries demonstrates, there is an increased commitment to responding to the environmental problems faced by the world – now and in the future. A major part of this response has been an emphasis on sustainability and developing a more sustainable approach. This has shifted the spotlight on to the present and future use of plastics, particularly plastic packaging.

So if plastic is your packaging material of choice, is there a way you can take a more sustainable approach? Read on to find out more.

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Looking at Greener Ways

Polythene is a technological wonder of the last century. It was accidentally invented in 1899 by German chemist Hans von Pechmann. He had no interest in the waxy substance produced by heating chemicals for a different experiment, and it wasn’t until 1933 that his feat was reproduced. After enlightened chemists at ICI recognised polythene’s potential, its production was refined and it became the revolutionary packaging material we know today.

But plastics have acquired a bad reputation. This is set to change now that sustainable polythene has become a reality, complete with the following benefits.

*READ – What is Marpak Green: A Brief Overview

It Isn’t Made From Fossil Fuels

Conventional polythene is made from oil and natural gas, both of which are fossil fuels. These compounds were laid down hundreds of millions of years ago under conditions unique to the time, so when we’ve used them up they’re gone for good. And since humankind has managed to get through approximately half of known fossil fuel reserves in 125 years, the sooner we slow the pace the better.

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