Sustainability | Waddington Europe
Sustainable Food Packaging
Environmental sustainability is at the heart of all our business decisions, and we are committed to minimising the impact of our activities on the environment.
We actively work with suppliers, customers, and contractors to improve their environmental performance and source only from suppliers who meet our code of conduct.
Find out more about our parent company Novolex’s commitment to sustainability here.
Food Packaging in the Circular Economy
We design our sustainable food packaging products for recyclability and encourage the use of materials that promote closed-loop recycling, as well as continually seeking to reduce the amount of material used in our products through downgauging.
Our Eco Blend™ Pura and Eco Blend™ 100 product ranges are made with 100% recycled materials, as well as being 100% recyclable food packaging, offering customers truly closed-loop packaging solutions at competitive prices.
Not only do we seek to reduce the amount of energy used in our manufacturing processes, but we also pay extra to ensure the electricity that powers our two UK production sites is generated from renewable resources.
Our ambition is for our Arklow site to also be running on green energy in 2024.
Zero Waste to Landfill
In 2020, we were proud to achieve Zero Waste to Landfill certification across all our three production sites.
We continually evaluate operations to minimise waste and ensure we are as efficient as possible. All staff receive waste training including plastic segregation in their induction when they first start and participate in ongoing refresher courses.
Any waste remaining after reducing, reusing, or recycling is sent to Waste to Energy plants for incineration and bioenergy production.
We are proud and active members of a number of environmental trade associations including The UK Plastics Pact, Recoup, Repak, and Ocean Clean Sweep.
RecyCLASS guidelines are rules we follow when designing new food packaging products to help our customers make an informed choice about how their products will be treated at disposal. This cross-industry initiative aims to promote high-quality recycling and increase the uptake of recyclates in the market.