Southgate has revealed that its focus for 2021 and beyond will be to develop and promote the idea of a circular economy. This will help to inspire businesses on an international scale to embrace the global solution to eliminating waste.
With a circular economy, manufacturers design products to be reusable. It is a model of production and consumption. This involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products for as long as possible. This ensures that the life cycle of a product is extended, creating a more sustainable world.
To speed up the transition, Southgate has been sharing tips on what businesses can do to drive forward the sustainability movement. From encouraging companies to review their paper vs plastic usage to advising e-commerce businesses and consumers on what packaging is recyclable and raising awareness of the upcoming Plastic Packaging Tax.
Craig Turner, Managing Director at Southgate Packaging, said: “The circular economy focus will become part of our Mission and Values as a business. Everything we do will feed into driving this message – new product innovations which focus on sustainability, working closer with our distributors to offer advice on the best sustainable solutions, and much more.
“We believe the future of packaging needs to focus on reducing the amount of harmful waste being put into the environment, and as a leader in our field, it is our responsibility to drive this message forward.”
The global movement of creating a more circular economy has been embraced by consumers. In a recent survey, almost 44% of consumers said that recyclable or reusable packaging are one of the most important features in their product choice. However, a study from 2018 showed that only 53.9% of packaging was actually recyclable.
In the past year, Southgate has launched many sustainable packaging products. These include carton sealing, paper mailers and void fill, with plans to have a sustainable option for every product. To showcase its latest sustainable product line, Southgate recently released its Sustainability E-edition brochure.