Darren Smith, Head of Marketing at Southgate Global, one of Europe’s leading packing supplier comments: As we look to 2022 and beyond, sustainability is going to continue to be a key trend that will be driving the packaging industry forward. With the global climate change conference Cop 26 in Glasgow last month, the need for British companies to lead the way in the creation of sustainable packaging is becoming ever more urgent.

Darren Smith, Head of Marketing at Southgate Global.

In the last 12 months, we have launched many new sustainable products from carton sealing, paper mailers and void fill. However, as leaders in the field of sustainable packaging, we have decided to go a step further and replace all our packaging products with an eco-friendly alternative. This decision falls as part of our continuous dedication to expanding our range of products and significantly reducing packaging waste and plastic content. We have noticed that an increasing amount of our customers want us to help them with their own green credentials, as consumers are becoming ever more cautious of their global footprint. In response, we aim to make packaging products that meet certain criteria of being sustainable, recyclable, reusable, biodegradable, and waste reductive. This way our customers can easily choose packaging they know falls within their own sustainability goals and promises to consumers.

Our water activated tape, also referred to as gummed paper tape, has also been extremely popular as it is fast becoming the most popular form of carton sealing. Environmentally friendly and creating a superior bond to conventional non-recyclable plastic tapes, it is a must-have in the packaging communities’ race to a circular economy.

A recent case study by a leading furniture retailer revealed that by switching to our water activated tape, the company used 240 per cent less product per year compared to standard plastic tapes. It also found that water activated tape was 55 per cent faster to apply and delivered a 20 per cent cost saving per year over standard adhesive vinyl tapes.

We hope that by introducing more sustainable alternatives we will play a pioneering and meaningful part in persuading the packaging industry to reduce its impact on the environment and climate change.

Southgate is one of Europe’s leading packaging companies, evolving the industrial packaging and order fulfilment sectors through innovation, productivity and trusted product brands.

With more than 50 years of packaging industry experience, and a policy of global sourcing and innovative product development, Southgate ensures customers stay at the forefront of the packaging product market via its sustainable supply chain.


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