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Your Guide to Sustainable Void Fill

Void fill is an invaluable commodity in the packaging sector. Whilst we should always endeavour to use the correct size box, void fill can act as an added barrier to keep products safe in transit. Traditional forms of void fill include polystyrene foam peanuts and plastic bubble wrap. However, both products are incredibly hard to …

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Product Launch: X-Wrap

We are excited to announce the launch of the X-Wrap Dispenser. The X-Wrap is a sustainable alternative to plastic wrapping, suitable for packaging sensitive and fragile products. For enhanced product protection and an improved appearance you can also use an intermediate layer of white tissue paper. Benefits: Shock absorbing property Protection for pointed and sharp …

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Flexible Paper Sleeve

Our new flexible paper sleeve is the lightweight paper packaging solution for a sustainable world. Paper is one of the few truly sustainable products. It is made from renewable resources, biodegradable, and is universally one of the most highly recycled materials. The flexible paper sleeve is 100% recyclable, plastic free packaging. The additional benefit of …

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What is a Circular Economy?

To understand what defines a circular economy, we must first unpack the current, traditional economy method, referred to as the ‘linear’ economy. What is a Linear Economy? In a linear economy we mine raw materials that are then processed into a product that is thrown away after use. This is often referred to as the …

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New: Kraft Padded Paper Mailing Bags

Made from mixed recycled and virgin paper the kraft paper padded mailing bags are our most sustainable mailer yet. Fully compostable, the kraft paper waffle padding provides extra strength for cushioning and protecting your products. The honeycomb structure of the padding not only cushions but also gives a protective spring back, ensuring maximum protection whilst …

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The Facts on Paper Mailers

Paper mailing bags are the eco friendly alternative to plastic mailing bags. With the plastic packaging tax fast approaching it is more important than ever to focus on reducing your company’s plastic use. Material: Our paper mailer range are made of 100% of virgin kraft paper. Kraft paper is renowned for its superior strength due …

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TSG65 Shrink Forming Gun

TSG65 Shrink Forming Gun Product Launch

Southgate are excited to announce the launch of the brand new Transpal ™ shrink forming gun. The TSG65 shrinks polythene sheets and covers of all thicknesses to protect packages, parts and machines of all shapes and sizes. The kit contains the gun, regulator, quick release connector, hose, and gloves all in a handy carry case. …

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paper vs plastic

Paper Vs Plastic Debate

Paper Vs Plastic debate We have seen a monumental shift of consumer interest in sustainable packaging alternatives over the last few years. This movement to sourcing sustainable packaging products, coupled with the plastic packaging tax being brought in, in April 2022, gives the impression that plastic packaging is a lot worse for the environment than …

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E-Commerce: What Types of Packaging are Recyclable?

We have seen a 46% growth in e-commerce sales in 2020 compared to the previous year. With this increase in sales there has also been a surge in the amount of packaging waste which the consumer is responsible for disposing. Alongside this growth, there has been a consumer shift in the global movement of creating …

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Top Ten Tips: Upcycling your E-Commerce Waste

After being in and out of national lockdowns for almost a year, I think it is safe to assume that many of us has become a well acquainted with online shopping. In fact, in 2020 e-commerce sales grew by 46%  compared to the previous year. This exponential growth seen last year is set to grow …

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