Kite Packaging, one of the UK’s leading packaging distributors have seen a hugely positive response to their 2019 initiative aimed at reducing the impact of plastics in the environment. At the end of May the company announced that they are well on their way to reaching their goal, with the initiative already delivering a 95 tonne plastic reduction.
The team at Kite launched their 120 tonne challenge at the start of 2019, setting themselves and their 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’ Kite have utilised a wide range of new eco-friendly products and their state of the art Mobile Test Facility to target opportunities for themselves and their customers.
Part of the reduction includes Kite themselves no longer sending out any direct mailing in polythene mailing bags, as well as carrying out an ongoing review of its distribution process to minimise plastic wrapping around products. To support customers joining the initiative Kite’s 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. The Kite 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 the employee-owned business. The company recently extended its network of regional distribution centres opening a site in the North East of England. They also invested in expansion of warehousing capacity at their 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, visit the Kite Packaging website.