Knauf makes sustainable packaging shift

Knauf makes sustainable packaging shift

Marking another step towards achieving its sustainability goals, and specifically its target of zero waste disposal by 2032, Knauf has changed the pallet hoods for its laminated boards to use 30% more recycled content.

The move to 30% recycled content in their pallet hoods is said to represent a real win at scale given the number of hoods used. Furthermore, the firm states that the 30% recycled content in pallet hoods used provides an environmentally friendly solution whilst ensuring the robust strength of the plastic (which is also easier to recycle on site) without being detrimental to the customer.

Hannah Wrigley-Stevens, Buyer at Knauf, said: “Moving to 30% recyclable content for our pallet hoods strikes the right balance between strength and sustainability. It also shows that we are serious about achieving our sustainability goals.

“This is something that we feel our customers will care deeply about, given that not only are the hoods made from recyclable content they are themselves recyclable and can be recycled in standard plastic recycling.”

She continued: “We are currently in the process of updating our customers on these changes to ensure they are fully aware of the recyclable nature of the pallet hoods and why this matters. This includes updating our artwork to state this.”

In addition to focusing on making its pallet hoods more sustainable and environmentally friendly, Knauf is also trialling the use of 30% recyclable content in its stretch wrap.

Hannah explained: “We’re currently looking at making our stretch wrap more sustainable and recyclable. Now we are trialling the 30% model across all our products at both our sites at Sittingbourne and Immingham.

“We’ve seen some very positive developments during the trial periods in both areas. This includes a gram saving and a reduction in micron of plastic which means that the weight of the plastic has been reduced.”

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