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Minimising our eco impact

We don’t just help our customers to reduce their carbon footprint, we also consider our own.

We collaborate with our staff, suppliers, and customers, to develop sustainable business activities. We pursue renewable, recyclable, and low-carbon alternatives and drive efficiencies to conserve precious resources.

Above all, we look for opportunities to do good, joining forces with like-minded individuals and companies along the way.

To this end, we are sending new customers forget-me-not seeds to encourage wildflower planting and provide nectar for pollinators like bees and butterflies.

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For strong, secure, and recyclable padded envelopes, try ecoMLR. Goods are kept in pristine condition and customers will love how easy it is to dispose of the used ecoMLR responsibly.  Simply place ecoMLR in any paper recycling programme – including household paper waste for kerbside collection! Your customers won’t even have to separate any materials.  * Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified (FSC®-C186587) Kraft paper.
* 70% recycled paper content to conserve precious resources.
* Impact resistant, water-resistant, lightweight package.  From cradle to grave, ecoMLR generates fewer emissions than bubble mailers, so making the switch helps to reduce your carbon footprint.  #FSC #Packaging #Sustainability #PackagingSolutions #Recycling
On today’s World Bee Day we’re focusing our attention on the plight of these incredibly important insects and what we’re doing to help.  According to @WWF-UK, almost 90% of wild plants and 75% of leading global crops depend on pollinators such as bees. But bee populations are in decline - in part because of loss of habitat. Over 97% of British wildflower meadows have disappeared over the last century.  To combat this, we’re working with @GreenTheUK in planting wildflowers to create pathways, known as B-Lines, across the country to the remaining wildlife areas. These B-Lines create a network of ‘stepping stones’ to connect wildlife and insects critical to the ecosystem. This project will help to increase bee numbers, encourage biodiversity, and help wildlife respond to climate change.  #WorldBeeDay #Bees #Sustainability #Biodiversity #Ecosystem #Packaging
They say a picture paints a thousand words, but this 30-second video speaks volumes! Take a look at @Switchee’s fantastic packaging transformation. The new, bespoke solution means:  * Less packaging
* Less waste
* Less CO2 emissions  See the case study here: https://actionpoint.co.uk/casestudy/switchee/ 
#Packaging #Sustainability #PackagingSolutions #Recycling #Branding #Design
The month of May is named after the Greek goddess Maia, who is said to have embodied the concept of growth.  So as today also marks Actionpoint's 49th birthday,  it seems fitting that as we celebrate our business continuing to flourish, that we also play our part in encouraging growth in nature.  We are proud of our ongoing partnership with GreenTheUK, which this year includes a new project to restore wildflower insect pathways (B-Lines) which run through our towns and countryside, and help wildlife respond to climate change.  #Sustainability #Growth #ClimateChange #Packaging #BusinessAnniversary
Tell us in the comments section what you want to know!  Which of the following packaging subjects would you like to learn more about? Please feel free to add other options, or to give more detail.  Your feedback will help us to shape our future posts and blogs.  1. Sustainable packaging
2. Bespoke packaging
3. Working with a design team
4. Packaging process reviews  #Bespoke #Packaging #BespokePackaging #Design #Sustainability #PackagingDesign

Our accreditations & certifications

We are a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified company. Look out for our FSC® certified products.

Our business has been certified carbon neutral since 2022.

We help companies to reduce the climate impact of their packaging. Browse our Eden Sustainable range to find products that are plastic-free, biodegradable, recycled and recyclable. Or try an Environmental Insight review to drive sustainability throughout your packaging processes.

Book your Environmental Insight Review now!

Making a difference

Tree & wildflower planting with GreenTheUK in local schools and beyond.

Bale and transport customers' used packaging for recycling.

Time off for our staff to take part in local litter picking events.

Electric cars on fleet with dedicated charging stations on site.

Advise and guide customers on packaging and waste laws.

Dry mixed recycling bins in offices to encourage good habits.

Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

Sustainable packaging checklist

A holistic
approach

This considers each stage of the packaging life cycle from raw materials, manufacturing, and logistics, to fulfilment of its primary purpose and subsequent reuse, recycling, or disposal.

Use less
packaging

Did you know the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ message is in order of preference? Reduce packaging materials but ensure goods are still protected as damages/returns add to your carbon footprint.

Consider reusable solutions

Incorporate reusable materials where appropriate, such as in pallets and transit packaging. This keeps valuable resources in use for much longer, lowering energy consumption and emissions.

Design for
recycling

Swap problematic materials for recyclable ones. Use mono-materials to simplify recycling and create good quality recyclate. Add clear labelling to encourage responsible packaging disposal.

Reduce
synthetic
plastic use

Look for recycled/recyclable alternatives or bio-based plastics. If it must be synthetic plastic, choose high-performance options that are thinner, use less material, and leave less waste.

What do the
symbols mean?

Sustainable FAQs

PCR is a material made from recycled plastic and takes the form of pellets. You may find it referred to as Post-Consumer Resin, Post-Consumer Recycled resin, Post-Consumer Regrind, or Post-Consumer Recyclate. 
 
PCR pellets are used in combination with virgin plastic resin to create new plastic products. PCR can be used in percentage amounts ranging from 10% to 100%. Plastic products that contain 30% or more PCR (recycled plastic content) are exempt from Plastic Packaging Tax.
Polythene (also known as polyethylene or PE) is the most widely used plastic today. You’ll find it used to create items ranging from chemical drums to carrier bags, and toys to fuel tanks. The two main grades are HDPE (High Density PE) and LDPE (Low Density PE). As a thermoplastic, it is recyclable, as it can be heated to melting point and then reshaped into another product. Polythene packaging products include layflat tubing, bags, bubblewrap, and pallet hoods and top sheets.
 

PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate, which is the chemical name for polyester. The acronym PET is normally used in terms of packaging. PET plastic is clear, lightweight, recyclable, and used to make 70% of containers for soft drinks (carbonated, still, fruit juice, and water). As a thermoplastic, it can be softened and reshaped by applying heat, and most PET plastic is made from fossil fuels.

By making sure that every ingredient is animal-free, and that no animal products were used in the production process. The good news is that nowadays most adhesive used in packaging is water- or starch-based (or occasionally solvent-based) rather than animal-based gelatine. But it’s best to get professional advice to ensure that all raw material, paper, substrate, starch, adhesive, sealant, lacquer, coating, ink, and dye comply with a vegan ethos. Even additives used in plastic manufacturing can be of animal origin, as can lubricants on production machines.

While the term CO2 only represents carbon dioxide, CO2e represents total greenhouse gases emitted. For a given ‘bundle’ of GHGs, a CO2e figure signifies the amount of carbon dioxide which would have the equivalent global warming impact. CO2e is also known as CO2eq, CO2equivalent, or CDE.
 

PET (1) and HDPE (2) are widely accepted in household recycling waste. Soft/flexible LDPE (4) products like carrier bags can be taken to supermarkets. Remember that recycling facilities differ between councils, so check with your local authority to see what you can put in your home recycling bin.

1

PETE

PET or PETE. Polyethylene terephthalate e.g. soft drink bottles, fruit punnets.

2

HDPE

HDPE. High-density polyethylene e.g. milk bottles, shampoo bottles

3

PVC

PVC. Polyvinyl chloride e.g. window frames, shower curtains, toys.

4

LDPE

LDPE. Low-density polyethylene e.g. carrier bags, rings/yokes for multipacks of cans.

5

PP

PP. Polypropylene e.g. bottle caps, margarine tubs, carrier bags.

6

PS

PS. Polystyrene e.g. takeaway cups and containers, yoghurt pots.

7

OTHER

Other