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We’re staying out in front in the race to reduce plastic in the environment…

By Jake Kirk • Friday 31st May 2019

We’ve seen a hugely positive response to our 2019 initiative aimed at reducing the impact of plastics in the environment. We are well on our way to reaching our goal, with the initiative already delivering a 95 tonne plastic reduction.

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Our team launched the 120 tonne challenge at the start of 2019, setting ourselves and our customers the task of reducing plastic usage by a total of 120 tonnes by the end of the year. With a focus on ‘reduce, re-use, recycle and replace’ we have utilised a wide range of new eco-friendly products and our state of the art Mobile Test Facility to target opportunities for ourselves and our customers.

Part of the reduction includes us no longer sending out any direct mailing in polythene mailing bags, as well as carrying out an ongoing review of our distribution process to minimise plastic wrapping around products. To support customers joining the initiative, our new Mobile Test Facility, the first of its kind in the industry, has been despatched to customers’ premises all around the UK along with a team of packaging technologists and specialist engineers. Our team are able to utilise the Mobile Test Facility to work alongside customers and carry out waste minimising packaging audits, as well as exploring and testing more eco-friendly packaging alternatives.

The initiative comes off the back of continued growth and success for our Kite Packaging operations. We recently extended our network of regional distribution centres opening a site in the North East of England. We’ve also invested in expansion of warehousing capacity at our Swindon RDC with the installation of a new mezzanine floor. This followed several years of continued growth for Kite’s Swindon RDC since moving to their current location in June 2015.

With the increased focus on the environment and the demand for effective, bespoke solutions, businesses are looking for the right packaging solutions that tick all the boxes. For advice and support on a wide range of packaging solutions, or to join Kite in their 120 tonne challenge, get in touch with a member of our team