What is Sustainable Packaging?

Sustainable packaging refers to the use of materials, design, and manufacturing processes that minimise environmental impact throughout the lifecycle of a product. It aims to strike a balance between meeting the packaging requirements of products while reducing waste, conserving resources, and minimising pollution. By embracing the principles of sustainable packaging and adopting a continuous improvement mindset, we can collectively contribute to a more sustainable future. Our commitment lies in collaborating with businesses and individuals to navigate the complexities of sustainable packaging and finding the best strategies to minimise environmental impacts while maintaining product integrity and meeting consumer needs.

Making an informed decision when choosing packaging

We have compiled a useful guide which looks at many different research-based studies and analytical data to give an unbiased view of how to choose the correct type of packaging for your individual requirements. It includes references from the latest scientific studies and can be downloaded below:

How we can help in your sustainability journey

At PB Group, we recognise that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to sustainable packaging. Each product has its own distinct lifecycle and therefore requires a customised approach to minimise its environmental impact. We understand that sustainable packaging does not possess a “magic formula” that can miraculously solve all environmental challenges and have zero impact. Instead, sustainable packaging aims to minimise those impacts compared to conventional alternatives. Our team focus on three key pillars when discussing and helping to choose sustainable packaging options with customers:

1. Source reduction.
2. Materials selection.
3. End-of-life management.

Source reduction involves minimising the amount of packaging used, optimising size and weight, and eliminating unnecessary components. By working closely with our experts, you can explore design solutions that not only meet your functional requirements but also significantly reduce the environmental impact. We focus on finding the right balance between product protection, aesthetics, and source reduction. This all contributes to a reduction in the overall environmental footprint and waste generation.

Materials selection is a key aspect PB group can help add value in your sustainability journey. Our team of material specialists is dedicated to working with renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable materials that align with sustainable packaging practices. This encompasses a wide range of options such as paper, recycled plastics, compostable materials, and cutting-edge bio-based alternatives.

End-of-life management focuses on the post-consumer phase of packaging. The ultimate goal of end-of-life management is to establish a system where packaging materials are recovered, reused, or regenerated, thereby minimising the demand for virgin resources. Our team can provide expert advice on materials that align with desired end-of-life options considering your specific preferences or requirements.

The PB Group sustainability journey

Internally our sustainability journey is currently focused on several key areas:

Waste Reduction & Energy Consumption
At the core of our manufacturing processes lies the principle of complete recycling. We place a strong emphasis on prioritising recycling whenever it proves to be more energy-efficient compared to other disposal methods. To uphold this principle, we have made significant investments in cutting-edge in-house recycling technology.

Product Development
Our product development team is constantly working to expand our range of sustainable products. We achieve this by focusing on key aspects such as improving functionality, reducing material usage, and conducting ongoing reviews of the latest scientific material research data.

Supplier Evaluation
We recognise the importance of responsible supply chain practices and our Procurement team constantly works closely with our suppliers to ensure they adhere to fair labour standards and environmentally sustainable practices.

Transportation Efficiency
By implementing advanced recycling systems, we can make substantial strides in reducing the environmental impact typically associated with the collection and transportation of recyclable materials. This strategic approach enables us to reuse a significant portion of our waste plastic products and achieve impressive recycling rates, all while minimising energy consumption.

Compliance with Regulations
Our dedicated compliance team is vigilant in staying informed about evolving packaging regulations, ensuring that our practices and processes align with the latest requirements. We proactively seek opportunities to go beyond compliance, embracing best practices and setting higher standards within our key areas of recycling, waste management and sustainability.