The need for packaging
Whilst packaging often receives poor publicity, most packaging users understand the importance of protecting goods and their handlers from harm during storage and transportation. In addition, packaging is used to provide important information, security and compliance with government regulations relating to the product’s packaging and labelling.
Packaging and the Environment
Packaging is an essential commodity for many businesses, but it is important to consider ways to minimise the impact that packaging can have on the environment, without compromising on product protection.
Macfarlane Packaging’s three Rs Principles:
Macfarlane and our suppliers are constantly improving our techniques and technologies to create more efficient packaging products.
Re-using a product to prolong its life often makes good sense and many packaging products are designed to be utilised many times before they reach the end of their usable life. However, it is not always the most practical or best environmental option based on life cycle thinking. Therefore, recycling can be a better option over reuse.
- Recycle (or Compost)
If a product can’t be reused, it should be recycled as this can save energy, reduce rubbish in landfill sites and cut the cost of waste disposal.
Environmentally-friendly packaging solutions
At Macfarlane Packaging, we work closely with our suppliers and manufacturers to provide environmentally friendly packaging products and over 85% of our products are now made from recyclable materials.
Macfarlane Packaging is committed to achieving ISO 14001 registration at all sites. ISO14001 is an internationally accepted standard that defines the requirements for establishing, implementing and operating an environmental management system and the supporting audit programme.
ISO 14001 provides a framework for the development of an environmental management system and the supporting audit programme. Macfarlane Packaging is a responsible packaging supplier that is registered to, and operates in accordance with ISO 14001 Environmental Management standards.