Peaberry Coffee House & Kitchen – Another Happy Customer!

We love it when we hear good feedback from our customers and Peaberry Coffee House & Kitchen absolutely love our Double Wall Eco Cup – along with many others.

Where can I find this Peaberry Coffee House & Kitchen?

It is in Liverpool – in The Colonnades, Albert Dock. Check out their website or if you are in the area why not pop in this weekend!

What products do they buy from you?

Their favourites are the 8oz and 12oz Tree Cup, which is our Double Wall Eco Cup, they also have the lid to match. So, keep an eye out if you are ever in there. The good thing about our eco cups, is that they have a 90mm top meaning they all have the same lids. We know that is music to some people’s ears.

What has the customer said about the product?

On Facebook they raved about our cups, see what they said: Feeling a little excited today since we received the delivery of our new take out cups!

I’ve been toying with the idea of getting branded compostable cups for a while now & whilst looking at a few different sites I came across these little beauties & I love them! They’re just super cute & to top it off they are made from plants 🌱 how amazing is that! I think the design is quite in keeping with our brand we just won’t have our logo on the cups anymore but that’s not a massive issue!

An even bigger positive to our new cups is that we’re one step closer to reducing our use of plastics! All of our takeaway containers, cups, straws & cutlery are 100% Compostable & Biodegradable and all of our soft drinks are served in glass bottles or cans ❤ all of which are 100% recyclable.

What do you guys think of our new cups? We hope you’ll love them as much as we do 😁

#saveouroceans #doingourbit #plasticfree #plasticfreeoceans #compostable#biodegradable #savetheplanet #plantsareamazing #peaberryonthedock#royalalbertdockliv @ Peaberry Coffee House & Kitchen

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Shop from These Companies That Use Recycled Packaging (and Do Other Good Stuff for the Planet)

Takeaway Packaging removes environmental guilt from fast food. As a key supplier of sustainable food packaging in the UK, we focus on alleviating plastic consumption in the fast food industry. 

In this blog post, we’ve decided to do something a little different by compiling a list of our very own environmentally approved companies that use recycled packaging outside of the food sector — or at the very least have some planet-protecting aspect in their business plans. Basically, we want to spread the love to other feel-good brands that split their efforts between profit and caring for the planet. 

As a reader of our blog, you’re likely in the process of building a waste-free life. If this is true for you, our list of ethical brands is a free resource built to help you, a fellow environmentalist. 

Leading Companies That Pledge to Recycle Plastic and Use Recycled Packaging

Given the climate change crisis that we’re facing, leading companies are now pledging to recycle plastic — great news for the planet and waste-free shoppers alike. This makes shopping for household products such as shampoo, makeup and even technological items easier. 

  • Ecover – Household product brand Ecover has a strong ethos to deliver “clean plastic”. Its product range includes fabric softener, hand wash and dishwasher tablets so that you can scrub up with a clean conscience. 
  • L’Oréal – Major cosmetic brand L’Oréal has a feel-good goal set for 2020: for 100% of its products to have an improved environmental or social profile while providing equal or greater benefits to the consumer. You can review its 2017 progress report and check out its refillable challenge, among other environmental initiatives. 
  • Walmart – This supermarket giant has a bold and powerful zero-waste mission, spreading its values across its entire supply chain. If you’re leading a company with a “zero plastic waste aspiration” goal, you can request to join the packaging pillar of Walmart’s Project Gigaton.
  • Accenture – This global management consultancy is a Fortune 500 company that is leading the way in business when it comes to the environment. If you take a look at its latest Corporate Citizen Report and skip to the environment tab, you can see this ethical firm’s commitment for yourself. This includes 21% of its used energy coming from renewable energy sources. 
  • Intel – This major technology corporation ranks higher than most of its competitors when it comes to positive environmental impact. The company actively deals with its own energy consumption with smart investments into green power and energy conservation projects. 
  • REN Clean Skincare – Popular spa skincare brand REN has launched an Ocean Plastic Bottle that removes the metal spring and is 100 per cent recyclable. The company is slowly rolling out this packaging system to some of its products, so don’t rush out to buy REN skincare products before asking if the item is using the recycled plastic packaging. 
  • LUSH Cosmetics – Giving LUSH a mention in this list is a no-brainer, but we want to specifically talk about its shampoo. Shampoo is one of those niggly items for waste-free advocates, where it can seem difficult to find without plastic packaging. LUSH solves this issue and comes to your rescue with solid shampoo bars (it even stocks vegan protein shampoo in this formula). 

Have a firm high street favourite that we’ve not mentioned here? To check up on other large corporations, you can refer to Just Capital’s 2018 ranking table. This handy tool lets you take a closer look by filtering according to industry and other specific metrics. 

Charities That Actively Recycle Plastic and Protect Our Oceans 

You might not always be able to buy products from these organisations, but you can always make a donation. These companies are actively seeking to improve the climate’s state by making it their sole mission to recycle plastic among other environmental goals, like cleaning the ocean.

  • Oceana – This Washington D.C. based charity is so committed to protecting the world’s oceans that it made it its strapline. Oceana frequently raises money for ocean-based causes like protecting vulnerable ocean life, including whales. This charity isn’t afraid of pushing the boundaries of charity work, onboarding ocean ambassadors such as Lauren Conrad, former reality TV star of MTV hit show The Hills
  • Greenpeace – A well-known organisation that’s not afraid to hold key industry players accountable for their actions, Greenpeace continues to bravely protect the planet with its constant news coverage of global disasters and relentless awareness-raising campaigns. 
  • Wasteaid – Another well-known yet well-deserving charity is Wasteaid — an organisation with a specific goal: to help stop marine plastic pollution. Wasteaid has a variety of ongoing projects that tackle plastic waste in locations such as Cameroon, Gambia and Kenya. 
  • 4ocean – This ocean cleanup charity has a clever marketing plan to recycle dumped plastic waste into bracelets that people can buy (in place of a formal donation). You might have seen its TV advertisements, which show the 100 per cent recycled product in all its glory. 
  • Surfers Against Sewage – This charity is exactly how it sounds — an organisation founded by a bunch of Cornish surfers who are passionate about ocean conservation and waste disposal. Among other environmental work, Surfers Against Sewage helps to create plastic-free communities and has converted 543 communities — and counting. (This information was true of June 2019, you can check the current count on its plastic-free communities page.) 
  • Recycled Island Foundation – This non-profit based in the Netherlands helps to spread awareness of plastic pollution by facilitating community education sessions. Unlike other recycling organisations, the Recycled Island Foundation combines ocean cleanups with guest lectures to create the ultimate impact.

Conscious Companies That Exclusively Stock Recycled Products

These companies are committed to recycling by exclusively selling recycled products as their core mission. If you’re living a waste-free life and have committed to only supporting companies of this kind, these are the brands to keep in mind. 

  • Green Toys – The clue is in this company’s name, as the Californian brand creates 100% eco-friendly toys from recycled materials. The firm was started by a husband and wife duo with a vision for a cleaner, greener world for their children. With that in mind, the pair have a solid five-step vision, which includes state safety laws, socially responsible design and the use of recycled plastic and eco-friendly packaging. 
  • UNWRPD – This subscription-based service is the ultimate starter pack for sustainable living. The site boasts basic essentials like toothbrushes, razors and deodorant that you can get delivered to your door each month (in sustainable packaging, of course). 
  • Naked Pinecone – Similar to the subscription-based service above, Naked Pinecone specialises in household essentials like toiletries, cosmetics and cleaning items. If you’re prone to problem skin, it boasts a more extensive range of skincare products compared to most eco websites. 
  • Rothys – Rothy’s quirky site copy (reminiscent of a classic Drake hit) reads “started from a bottle… now we’re here” to explain how it’s taken over twenty million single-use plastic bottles destined for a landfill to create new kicks. This innovative shoe company sadly only delivers to the US and Canada at the minute, so here’s hoping the company goes global with its mission or that our UK entrepreneurs take a leaf out of its book.
  • Girlfriend Collective – This all-around ethical company is aimed towards women, selling sustainable activewear to girlfriends across the globe. Its imagery displays its inclusivity towards different body types and its copy makes you stop and think about the environmental impact of your clothes — even those you use to work out in.  
  • Patagonia – Golden oldie Patagonia has been creating ethical clothing since before it was cool to shout about it. With its other environmental initiatives, this brand always seems to be ahead of the game when it comes to saving the planet.  
  • Looptworks – This ethical luggage company makes responsible travel easy. No matter how you define it — recycling or upcycling — if you need a new weekend bag or cosmetics case, this brand is a great choice. 
  • Eco Beauty Crew – Transitioning to a sustainable lifestyle isn’t easy and every little helps. If you’re looking for a replacement beauty hub to avoid the non-eco brands found on Cult Beauty or Feel Unique, look no further. Eco Beauty Crew has got you covered with an extensive product list from countless brands, including both affordable and affluent options. 

Recycled Ranges from Your Favourite Companies 

If you still want to buy from your favourite brands but need to know that what you’re purchasing is waste-free and recycled, check out these specific ranges from well-loved companies. Most of the brands on this list belong to the fashion industry — an arena that produces ten per cent of the world’s global emissions. While these brands might not have plans to make their entire lines sustainable right now, here’s hoping that they will change their minds in the future.  

  • Everlane | ReNew – This brand has an altogether ethical approach, with its responsible factory management and ReNew Collection, which is made from 100 per cent recycled materials. The Everlane website does a great job of spreading the word with a counter of how many plastic bottles have been made since you landed on their page, while a free downloadable guide shows you how you can be chic with “No New Plastic” in your wardrobe. 
  • Adidas | Parley – Adidas is the second-most-famous footwear brand in the world, so it’s a good job that it’s decided to push its own recycled plastic message. The Parley range, available on its website, aims to intercept plastic waste before it reaches our oceans and uses the material to create high-performance sportswear. 
  • H&M | Conscious Collection – This Swedish clothing brand has swept over Europe to become one of the biggest names on the high street. Although its ethics have been questioned more than a few times due to its fast fashion business model, its recurring conscious collection is catered to those who want to promote a sustainable lifestyle. Your call. 
  • IKEA | Recycled Plastics – You’ll have to do some digging to decipher IKEA’s recycled products from its regular sort, but luckily, Upcyclist created this list of IKEA’s recycled plastic products. Some of IKEA’s ranges also sport recycled wood items to make your home’s interior stylish and sustainable. 
  • ASOS | Recycled Lingerie – A relatively small collection of recycled lingerie has been added to the UK’s largest independent fashion retailer. You can find more information on the product’s components in the Evening Standard’s recent story, which highlights the use of discarded fishing nets and carpets to create underwear. 

Are there any conscious companies that we’ve missed? Tell us about your go-to environmental brands over on our social channels. Chat to us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or visit our contact us page to get in touch.

Cobbs Farm Shop and Kitchen – a Place for the Whole Family

For those that have never heard of Cobbs Farm it was establish in 2007 and founded out of a passion for supplying quality food with provenance to our customers. They’ve grown a small group which now include seven farm shops featuring cafés and other delightfully foodie additions such as traditional butchery counters, fishmongers, delicatessen counters, artisanal floristry and giftware.

The public’s interest in supporting the local and regional artisan producers continues to grow and cobbs seem to be playing a big part in ensuring that support continues to flourish. A willingness to reduce food miles and in turn our carbon footprint has seen their businesses go from strength to strength and ensure they remain one of the UK’s largest and leading farm shop group.

How have Takeaway Packaging contributed in helping Cobbs?

We supply the farm shops with all their biodegradable napkins, cups, lids and stirrers. This was one occasion where the customer had their own artwork. When it comes to branding, we are very flexible and are more than happy to work with artwork that is given, alternatively we can start completely from scratch and work with the customer to bring their vision to life.

This job took 12-14 weeks to produce and we hold their stock in our warehouse and they call of goods when needed. So, if this was something you were worrying about, stress no more.

What is there to do at Cobbs Farm?

When we say there is something for the whole family, we really mean it. There is a butchers, fishmongers, vineyard, café, florist and a brand new Play Barn. So, if you wanted to take the kids for something to eat in the café, then drop them at the play barn while you have a stroll round the rest of the farm then this is the place for you!

They have a fully licensed café serving breakfast, homemade fresh meals, light bites all using homegrown or local produce – you couldn’t really ask for much more.

Are there any upcoming events worth visiting?

Yes – there are two events coming up next month. There is a wine and cheese evening for the adults on 4th July and then on the 13th there is a Tractor Ted event where the kids race around the track or play in the digger den. The one good thing about this as well is that it is free! You don’t have to pay for the tractor ride or to play in the digger den. Simply round up the family and head down for a fun filled day of activities.

Did you know that Cobbs even won an award this year!

They are the winners of the 2019 South West Regional Farm Shop award. On Monday 8th April they attended the 2019 Farm Shop & Deli Awards in Birmingham. Where they were awarded South West Regional Farm Shop 2019! Needless to say, this is a massive achievement that they are proud of. It was also the perfect opportunity to discover fantastic new suppliers from across the UK. Keep an eye out for out for these to be stocked in our cafe and farm shop shelves soon!

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Is Polystyrene Recyclable? We’ve Got the Definitive Answer
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Most materials have straightforward waste credentials. For example, things made of out of paper are almost certainly going to be recyclable, compostable and biodegradable. Things made out of single-use plastic, however, are a little more sinister when it comes to disposing of them.

Polystyrene – that foamy material used to create fast-food containers and, when shaped like peanuts, provide the most annoying yet protective addition to parcels – is a little more complex.

Is polystyrene recyclable? Should we even care about it? After all, is it really that bad for the environment? It isn’t as talked about as plastic packaging is, so it mustn’t be. Right? In this blog post, we’ve crafted the ultimate Q&A about polystyrene, including whether it’s recyclable, its environmental impact and what packaging alternatives exist for businesses to use.

Q: What Even is Polystyrene? And, Why Does No One Talk About It?

A: That’s the thing, polystyrene is, in fact, a form of plastic. Although polystyrene is plastic, it’s lesser talked about than some of the other plastic types that we’re well acquainted with – like PET (polyethylene terephthalate) used to make plastic bottles, for example. Beware, polystyrene is potentially even more hazardous.

Polystyrene (PS) is sometimes named Thermocol as it’s a synthetic polymer that, when heated, can be cast into moulds. Remember those little S-shaped peanuts that fall from your online orders? Those impossible to hoover squidgy shapes are made from polystyrene.

Polystyrene seems like it is less publicly scrutinised than other forms of plastic. Other everyday items like plastic bottles and shopping bags seem to get the brunt of the packaging debate, with government taxation to match it. Some cities – like New York City – are clamping down on polystyrene use and a small part of the packaging war is attributed to it.

Perhaps polystyrene is a trickier material to have act as the poster girl for packaging change as it’s less controlled by consumers and shifts the responsibility to companies. Whereas items like water bottles can be replaced by stainless steel reusable cups, packaging peanuts and takeout boxes are only controlled by the shipment and restaurant firms.

Our guess is that polystyrene doesn’t make a compelling enough argument to encourage people to think twice about their waste. Using polystyrene to spark the packaging debate would likely result in people thinking “well the packaging companies should change their ways, there’s nothing that I can do about it.”

Nonetheless, polystyrene should be talked about – especially if you open a package only to discover those nightmarish S-shapes and don’t know what to do with them.  

Q: The Big Question – Is Polystyrene Recyclable?

A: Despite most people’s common belief, we’re here to set the record straight – polystyrene is sometimes recyclable.

Don’t breathe a sigh of relief yet though, this material is commonly non-recyclable and will only be recycled correctly if you do your research and make sure it’s disposed of responsibly.

Q: Oops! I Have Some Polystyrene Already, What Should I Do?

A: Although polystyrene is commonly non-recyclable (ouch!) it’s always worth checking your local council’s, town’s or state’s recycling policies to figure out if they offer any additional services.

If you’re living in the UK, you should visit the Recycle Now website to learn more about recycling in your area. All you need to do is type in your home’s postcode to find about a specific item, locate your nearest recycling facilities and figure out what each domestic recycling bin should be used for.

Recycle Now even have a dedicated polystyrene page that breaks the bad news – only a few councils will have facilities to accept polystyrene as household waste. Fingers crossed that you live in a lucky area!

At the very least, consumers are advised to recycle polystyrene by reusing it (so long as it isn’t food-based as this is dangerous). If you’ve been given packing peanuts you can reuse them for your own packing purposes or deliver them to UPS – a global shipping company that accepts polystyrene from the public.

Q: I’ve Managed to Recycle My Polystyrene, What Happens Next?

A: If you’ve done the impossible and found a recycling home for your polystyrene, you might be wondering how recycling polystyrene works. HowStuffWorks has a comprehensive four-page explanation of this on their site.  

In short, polystyrene is a plastic that is incredibly difficult to recycle. This doesn’t mean that polystyrene can’t ever be recycled, but nine times out of ten, polystyrene will simply end up floating about in the environment. The exception is Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) which is 100% recyclable, but will likely not be recycled if mixed in with other household items, during waste disposal.

If you’ve already rid yourself of the unwanted polystyrene and handed the material over to the local council, it’s likely that the council will work with third-party companies to produce new products with the substance.

Q: Why’s It Such a Big Deal to Recycle Polystyrene?

A: You might think, what’s all the fuss about? Washed up whales are often seen with discarded plastic bottles in them and scare stories about animal suffocation focus on plastic bags, but don’t be fooled – polystyrene is not a saintly material.

Polystyrene is an incredibly light material that usually takes up a fair amount of space. When used for its purpose in packaging, this can be a positive thing – a fragile vase has no space to move around in transit and get damaged if the package is stuffed with a polystyrene mould. However, when it comes to controlling waste, polystyrene takes up a lot of room and causes bins to overflow and make it difficult for normal households to dispose of the substance in a responsible manner.

The truth is that polystyrene is made from benzene and styrene which are both carcinogens – substances that are capable of causing cancer and negatively affect wildlife. Polystyrene can’t biodegrade* and instead deteriorates as a result of the sun. These foam particles are difficult to manage and when they’re in the ocean they pose a real threat to fish and other wildlife.

*There’s an exception to the rule. The only time that polystyrene will ever biodegrade is if a certain type of mealworm ingests the substance. Once in the mealworm’s guts, bacteria can convert the styrene into biodegradable PHA (Polyhydroxyalkanoates).

Q: What Polystyrene Alternatives Exist?

A: As a company honed in on the takeaway sector, we don’t have great insights into shipment companies. But what we will say is that the world’s largest retailer, Amazon, forbids the use of polystyrene in their packages and manages to deliver up to five billion packages in a given year without it.

To learn more about polystyrene alternatives for food consumption, visit our online shop where you’ll find a variety of alternative packaging options. Our ranges include Kraft board and other innovative materials that use sugar cane residue.

All My Friends Are Telling Me To, So Why Should I Switch To Eco Friendly?
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Being eco-friendly might seem like the trending thing to do right now with one in three consumers preferring environmentally friendly options. But going green isn’t just a fashion fad that will someday be deemed uncool. Unlike elaborate hair perms and MC Hammer pants, being eco-friendly is a long-term statement. It’s a commitment to contribute to the planet’s salvation – a cause that will never go out of style.

If all of your friends have been pestering you to have a greener outlook, this is one of the few times that you should give in to peer pressure.

To help get you started, we’ve pieced together the ultimate Q&A with a green newbie’s most common worries about environmental living. We’ll talk all things eco living including hard to beat habits, bringing green values to your business and environmental packaging alternatives.   

Q: Why’s it Such a Big Deal to Be Eco Friendly?

A: Being eco-friendly isn’t just about sporting a cotton tote bag and being done with it. Sidenote, recent reports reveal that a cotton tote bag could be as comparably damaging to the environment as plastic ones.

While it might seem straightforward from the outside, going green means undergoing a lifestyle change and getting educated on the matter. The good news is that being eco friendly will have a real impact on the future of our planet.

Take a look at the following news stories that outline the globe’s current state:

  • In 2016, the UN conducted a study that found human behaviour to be damaging the earth faster than it can recover – this was the UN’s first warning about climate change. Last year, the UN warned that we only have 12 years to limit the climate change crisis, meaning that we must act now.
  • High profile publications like The Financial Times are spreading the word about veganism since the production of meat is damaging to the environment (more on that in our last question). In a new article, The FT reveals the amount of farmland needed – if the entire world population was to go vegan – would reduce by the size of an African continent.
  • The National Geographic continues the conversation on diet, by considering how our current habits will fare in the future, when the population has risen to 10 billion in 2050. The publication focuses on the dangers of meat consumption and overall food waste – currently, 30 per cent of all global food is wasted.  
  • Struggling to see climate change as a reality? Get up to scratch with the current crisis by listening to Britain’s national treasure, Sir David Attenborough. His new BBC series Climate Change – The Facts is available to watch online. If you can’t spare the 60 minutes it takes to watch the full episode, watch the four-minute version, instead. We promise it will change your perception.

Q: What’s The First Step to Becoming Eco Friendly?

A: Although being eco-friendly is incredibly serious, it doesn’t have to be hard. Just making small changes to your daily routine can have a positive impact on the environment. For example, you could get into the habit of flushing the toilet less, as the average flush in a Western toilet uses 6 litres – equivalent to 1.6 gallons – of water.

How to start peeing less? Well, you can’t change your bodily functions and we’re not suggesting that you should. Instead, you could start making a habit of peeing while in the shower. Yes, science has finally given us permission to pee in the shower, claiming this is just as hygienic and dramatically saves on water. Researchers reckon that by relieving yourself once per day in the shower and cutting down on your flushing, you’d save 2,190 litres – equivalent to 579 gallons – of water each year. So, if you usually pee, on average, six times per day, do the dirty five times in the toilet and once during your daily rinse.

So, while being eco-friendly is serious, the steps to get there are not and while the effect of your greener behaviour on the planet is a big deal, it’s less of an ordeal than you might think to go green.

Q: How Do Eco Friendly Products Help the Environment?

A: “Eco-friendly” is a broad term, but when applied to products it means that the substances used to make that given product should have no adverse effect on the environment.

Either an eco-friendly product is easily reusable, or it has compostable and biodegradable properties meaning that it won’t get trapped in a landfill. Using an eco-friendly product means that you’re helping to reduce worldwide pollution. But what does worldwide pollution even mean? Well, an estimated 14 billion pounds of garbage is thrown into the ocean each year, which means more than 1.5 million pounds of rubbish is pumped into our waterways every single hour.

Q: How Can I Tell If a Product is Eco Friendly?

A: Not so easily. All of the obvious tell-tale signs such as the way the product is marketed, the brand’s imagery and even reputation can be faked. Some businesses simply see the words “eco-friendly” as a smart approach to sales. The harsh truth is, you can’t always trust that products marketed as green are legitimate.

One article reveals how difficult policing the carbon footprint of products actually is when Tesco enforced a labelling system, only to later drop the initiative due to its complexity.

So, how can you be sure that what you’re buying is legit? In this case, the proof is in the pudding – or you might say the packaging. Check the manufacturing process and materials that the product uses and this will give you the clearest indication of whether a product is harmful or not.

If a brand is claiming to be green but is still repping plastic packaging, this is a red flag. The more transparent a brand is about its product’s make-up, the better chance that the brand is trustworthy. Avoid trusting buzzwords like “planet-friendly” and instead, jump straight to the product specifications to figure out the item’s waste credentials for yourself. If this information isn’t easily identifiable, perhaps the manufacturer has something not so sustainable to hide.

Q: How Can I Make My House Eco Friendly?

The great news about this answer is that practically every step to building an eco-friendly home has some added “selfish” benefits, in that your finished abode will likely be cost-effective and self-serving.

Simple examples of this are switching to energy efficient light bulbs, installing solar panels and switching to a smart meter – all of which will give your home greener credentials by using fewer resources. Can you guess the added bonus? As you use less energy, your monthly bills will be reduced.

There isn’t a “one-size fits all” solution to eco-friendly living. As such, creating an eco-friendly home doesn’t mean that the end result will be identical to any other sustainable house. Instead, you should work off a general rule: to reduce resources in order to make every domestic process self-serving. By this we mean you should look to produce resources yourself, rather than buy resources elsewhere. This is the whole argument behind solar panels – why would you buy energy when you can create energy yourself?

Serious eco-friendly enthusiasts might choose to get into gardening, in the hope of producing their own organic vegetables. Allotment gardens are popular amongst advanced environmentalists as they reduce the number of poisons that are fed into our waterways. A beginner might take a more transitional route and begin feeding environmental products – like green kitchen cleaners and dish soap – into their home.

Q: What Lifestyle Changes Can I Make to Become More Eco Friendly?

As discussed earlier, you can start peeing in your shower and saving on household bills in order to go green. There are some less frivolous ways to curate an environmental lifestyle too. These include:

  • Take Alternative Modes of Transport – It doesn’t take a genius to note that cycling is better than driving when it comes to the environment. As is walking better than taking the tube and so on. In some cities, you’ll find choosing greener modes of transport easier than others, depending on their public transport system, traffic signals and availability of free city bikes. This article on examples of green mobility highlights that cities like Copenhagen currently have the upper hand when it comes to encouraging residents to be eco-friendly during travel.  
  • Be More Prepared – If you’re not already an organised person, becoming eco-friendly will force you to clean up your act. Forward planning is a simple tool to reduce the amount of waste you use. For example, bringing a reusable cup to your favourite coffee house will significantly reduce your intake of plastic cups, straws and lids.
  • Consume Less and Get More Social – Unless you need to buy an item brand new for hygiene reasons, try to borrow or share an item instead. This forces you to be more social, looking on shared marketplaces and social groups for answers. Plus, it also helps you to build a network of eco-friendly advocates. Swapping parties have become a hugely popular way to stay fashion-forward while practising environmentalism. As the second largest polluter in the world, the fashion industry is not your friend. While you might want to update your wardrobe with the latest trends, don’t look to shiny stores for a makeover.

Q: I’m a Business Owner. Can I Make My Company Eco Friendly?

Absolutely. Environmentalism is not reserved for personal practice – it can be company wide too.

Just like switching up your personal practices, adding an environmental touch to your business has some hidden benefits. For example, you might choose to allow your employees to work out of the office for a few days of the week to reduce the hefty cost of running a commercial space. We don’t often factor in the excessive fuel it takes for each member of staff to get into the office either, but we should. All of these moving parts add up to one big corporate carbon footprint. On the face of it, the adoption of flexible work arrangements might have been implemented purely for the planet’s benefit. But studies show that remote work helps employee’s happiness and productivity, giving your company more than it bargained for.  

Much of creating a green company is about using your common sense and embracing the modern workplace. Instead of hanging on to files of unused paper documents and insisting that meetings notes are printed, vow to go digital. This is probably the more streamlined and professional approach to meetings anyway, but the green benefit might be the clincher in persuading you to make the change.

Depending on what type of business you have, you might want to study your supply chain in more detail and figure out where you can make positive changes that are individual to you. Creating a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report is a structured task that’s often a good exercise to highlight the possible improvements you could make in the future. Not to mention, that these documents are often shared publicly, making you accountable for your actions.

Q: Do I Need to Change My Diet to Be Eco Friendly?

The consensus on this a little foggy. While we’ve discussed home allotments to promote organic produce that doesn’t involve the use of harmful chemicals or poison and cuts down on the fuel used for food delivery, the nature of your diet is also up for debate.

Some people vote that eating less meat is better for the environment. Some scientists go as far as to say that reducing your meat consumption would be more beneficial than changing all of the other aspects of your life, such as your mode of transport. Their view is that meat production is endangering our planet through deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, emissions from cows and fertiliser use are estimated to pose a higher risk than the emissions of all the world’s cars, trucks and aeroplanes.

Meat or no meat, we think that if you’re new to eco-friendly living, you should pick a few achievable pointers from this post, as this is simply better than doing nothing.
If you must change your diet to protect the planet, thank god you don’t have to give up takeaways. Discover our online shop that’s stocked full of sustainable food packaging options for the UK’s restaurant sector.

Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary Printed Cartons

We thought we would go back a couple years and take a look at a burger and chip box that we create for a London advertising agency. They asked us to produce a couple of promotional cartons for Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary celebrations.  Ferrari were looking for a chip carton to hold some polenta chips and also mini burger box to take a hamburger. 

These cartons were digitally printed to the highest standard on a 500micron folding box board.  We can supply folding display cartons in both standard and food grade materials and we are BRC certified for the storage of food & non-food grade packaging.  In this case the cartons were to be lined with grease proof paper, which we can also provide in plain or printed with the clients own branding.

This job was produced to a very tight deadline with dates that could not be moved due to the cartons being required at a specific event.  In many cases advertising agencies work with short lead times for their projects. In these cases we will always do everything in our power to meet these deadlines, delivering your boxes on time, every time.

We had the artwork guidelines and the Ferrari logo’s sent to us and for a small additional fee we created a number of  artwork and colour variations for  Ferrari to choose from. 

Within 7 days these promotional printed cartons were designed, die cut, printed, hand glued and delivered in time for the event.  All thanks to the expert knowledge and flexibility of our digital manufacturing unit.

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Gelato Anyone? Scally’s do the best Ice Cream around!

Have you ever heard of a supermarket in Ireland called Scally’s? They are discount supermarket chain specialising in own-brand groceries and Irish produce – Real Food, Real People!

What is it that you have produced?

We have been working with this company for around a year now, we have been working with them to create a branded 16oz tub with a lid to match. This is one case where we created the artwork – we have an amazing in-house design team that will work with us to get the design the customer is looking for. With this design we had to leave a space on each lid so that the customer can add stickers for each individual flavour. This is a new product we have created and have been told they are selling well in the small village in Ireland.

Where can I find these tubs?

If you live in Ireland or are heading, there soon then make sure you take a visit to SuperValu Clonakilty – Scally’s. there is everything from meat to fruit and of course gelato!

What are the tubs made from?

The tub and lid are made from food grade board, with a bioplastic (plant based) lining on the inside of the tub. The inks are vegetable based making the product completely biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable.  Our vision is to convert 100% of both our new and existing customers to our sustainable packaging range by 2021.

Were your customers happy with the end result?

Yes, the customer was amazed with the results they have had. Check out his review. “Fantastic service from packaging design, updates, delivery and follow-up to a great finished product. Great customer service from Tina – a pleasure to deal with. 100% recommend them for business.”

Interested in branded Biodegradable Ice Cream Tubs?

We can brand these biodegradable & compostable ice cream tubs with your chosen artwork and in your desired sizes and style. If you are interested in branding these ice cream tubs, please get in touch with us. We offer an extensive branding service to clients, from initial roughs to fully fledged artwork to delivery at your door. You can read about out design services here.

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All You Need to Know About Cannes Lions Award Show?

This event has been called the most creative week of the year! If you are not at Cannes Lions this year, you’ll be playing catch up for the next 12 months. From the 17th – 21st June 2019 this is all anyone will be talking about. It is your annual chance to get the insight and intelligence you need to supercharge your brand for the future.

What is the purpose of this event?

Cannes Lions is the only global event that covers every aspect of how the industry is evolving. There’s nothing else that comes even close. This event is where brands, agencies, media companies and consultancies discover the meaning of creativity and how creative marketing works in the real world!

What will I find at this festival?

You will expect five days of inspiration, meetings, discoveries and talks tackling big issues and real-life problems head on in stimulating and pragmatic ways. Every moment is aimed to provide you with tools and knowledge to improve business performance and results in marketing creativity.

Here are the 10 questions the festival will answer:

  • How can you infiltrate popular culture and stay relevant at scale?
  • How do we strike the right balance between purpose and profit?
  • How can creative strategy build brands to drive performance and growth?
  • How can modern technologies improve the art of storytelling?
  • How do we use creativity to drive exceptional consumer experiences?
  • What creative business models thrive in a direct consumer world?
  • How can we drive diversity of thought to deliver more positive and better work?
  • How can creativity deliver competitive advantage in the long and short term?
  • How can we meet consumers wherever they are in both physical and digital world?
  • How do we fix the issue of trust, ethics and transparency in creative marketing communication?

Who will be speaking at this event?

There are many speakers at this event over the five days. There are big names like Alfonso Cuarón (Mexican film director), Shonda Rhimes (American television producer), Dwayne Wade (American basketball player), John Legend (singer-songwriter), Kerry Washington (American actress), Steven Pinker (Harvard Professor). This is only a handful of people! Why not take a look at who else will be there.

How much are tickets?

There is a wide range of passes with prices ranging from £359 to £22,810 so as you can see, this is a premium event with A-Listers attending! However, if this is not in your price range and you do not have the time to attend then there is a digital pass available for £173. If you were to get this pass you can access 8 mainstage talks a day, the award show and curated content. This is available for 2 weeks, either watch it live or on demand.

What has this event got to do with Takeaway Packaging?

Now this is something you may have been thinking when reading this blog, so let us explain. Now you may have heard of a company called Spotify – they are a Swedish media-services provider founded in 2006. There primary business is its audio streaming platform that provides DRM-protected music and podcasts from record labels and media companies.

We created a 4oz Single Wall Cup, a 3oz Ice Cream Tub and an 8oz Double Wall Cup, all of which are PLA material, making them fully recyclable and compostable. PLA stands for polylactic acid and it is a vegetable-based plastic material consisting of renewable materials. We were given three different sets of artwork for each product made, which is they there ids a slight difference in colour.

How long did it take to produce?

All three of these products were created in 20 days and have a minimum order of 1,000 units (when branding them) and the turnaround time is 2-3 weeks. So if you are interested in creating your own branded packaging then give us a call 01753 655344 or email us at [email protected].

Was the customer happy with the final product?

They were extremely happy as we were able to create the goods within a short amount of time and we were able to ship them to Cannes with plenty of time to spare.

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Plastic Straws and Stirrers will be banned from April 2020

From April 2020 all plastic straws and stirrers are to be banned in England. However only plastic stirrers will be completely banned (currently 316 million are used in a year), as plastic straws will be kept only in restaurants for the use of people with disabilities.

How will plastic straws be affected?

All shops including supermarkets will not be allowed to sell the straws. However, they will be on sale by registered pharmacies in store and online. This is because people with a disability have highlighted the fact that plastic straws are essential for everyday life and a total ban could lead to dehydration.

Bars and restaurants will also be banned from displaying plastic straws and will not be allowed to serve them unless asked for by the customer.

What else is being covered in this new control?

Plastic stirrers will be subject ton total ban. However, plastic-stemmed cotton buds, although restricted from general sale to the public, they will be available. They will be accessible to medical and scientific laboratories will be able to buy them for research and for forensic tasks in criminal investigations.

Defra have counted nearly 1.8b plastic stemmed cotton buds are used and thrown away every year in England.

Is this really going to happen?

This is a question I am sure we will all we are asking ourselves – banning plastic straws has been up in the air for years but this time its serious. In April 2020 these new controls will be put into place and the ban will be real!

What happens to the cotton buds?

  • They pass through fine screens and enter rivers and seas
  • Cotton buds break down into fragments over time
  • UV rays start to process which is then continued by oxidation
  • Waves break them up further
  • Plastic fragments then enter the food chain
  • Fish and marine life cannot distinguish them from food
  • Thousands of dead animals

This is a horrible recurring chain that we can break together!

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How Can I Reduce Business Waste?

15 Realistic Ways to Wipe out Waste from Your Business

Reduce waste in your home

It’s common to find advice online about reducing waste in a personal sense, such as in pieces like Huffington Post’s 9 Simple Ways to Reduce Waste In Your Home. This is all well and good for decreasing your personal footprint, but how can you enforce this mentality in your business?

Using the common reduce, reuse and recycle model — adorned on much government signage — we will show you 15 realistic ways to reduce waste in your business.

In this model, recycling is shown as the last resort — and rightly so. For this reason, our advice appears as top-heavy, with an abundance of tips on how you can reduce waste and plenty of ways to reuse items before a few final suggestions on how to get to grips with recycling in the right way.

8 Ways to Reduce Business Waste

  1. Don’t just reduce but eliminate all plastic bags

On the surface, your aim is to reduce business waste, but there is much more to it than that. Sometimes, completely eliminating a material, product or action is necessary — and such is the case for plastic bags.

We can make small-step progress with other areas of business waste, but plastic bags are to be eliminated immediately due to their severe effects on the environment.

Related post: Here’s Why We Should Not Use Plastic Bags Anymore

  1. Add sustainability into your company’s ethos

All of your efforts will be in vain if you don’t spread your values both externally and internally. If you’re truly committed to a zero waste vision, this should be outlined in your company’s ethos.

This is less of a practical step and more one that follows the law of attraction and holds you accountable for your actions. Pro “waste-free” businesses consistently communicate their efforts to their customers and stakeholders in a sustainability section in their corporate reporting — and it’s much less tempting to fall back on old habits when you publicly spread your message, unless you want to face backlash, that is.

  1. Spread your waste-free message to the workforce

Your employees are natural brand advocates, so they need to be well-informed about your vision for the future.

Updating your company’s ethos is the start of that transition, but you can take further steps to initiate positive action. Doing things such as adding environmental awareness training to your development syllabus and holding a specific meeting to communicate your updated values will kickstart this.

  1. Delegate waste monitoring responsibilities to your team members

If you want to go above and beyond when integrating a “zero waste” mindset in your workplace culture, you should delegate waste monitoring responsibilities to different team members.

We know that people who are either misinformed or unaware of their environmental impact are less likely to take action. By tasking an employee with monitoring your electricity usage month on month, for example, you’re forcing them to realise how much control we have over our own waste problems.

  1. Create ‘waste-free’ signage

Creating a waste-free business is a process. To continually reduce the waste produced by your company, you need to ingrain the idea of a “zero-waste” organisation into your team.

Do this by creating signage in key places that act as reminders before employees take negative action. A good example of this is a sign above the light switch to remind people to turn the lights out when a room is unattended. You might also install a pop-up on a monthly order form asking those responsible for ordering office supplies to think twice before adding items to the invoice.

  1. Go digital (and forget about paper)

Going paperless is trending right now because of the changing business and social landscape. This is only ever positive when it comes to the environment because it reduces the amount of paper that we use.

Try to cull the amount of physical mail that you receive by switching off paper invoices, reminders and promotions. This is often easily requested in services like banking or rolling contract subscriptions. Internally, send email memos and newsletters and encourage employees to consider whether they really need to print emails.

  1. Only align with companies that share the same values

The cheesy Instagram saying, “your vibe attracts your tribe”, is true. If you align with companies that have the same values, your journey towards a waste-free future will be made easier.

Also, consider whether the businesses you sub-contract work out to (such as cleaning services) could be damaging your corporate footprint. Does the cleaning company that you hire promote the use of disposable wipes or toxic chemical solutions? It might be time to find out.

  1. When in doubt, buy in bulk

Although this section is about reduction (where we encourage you to do less), it’s still smart to buy in bulk for items you really can’t live without. If you’re a retail business that needs items like clothing hangers, paper bags or any other frequently used item delivered, it will benefit your footprint to get more all at once.

Think about the fuel and packaging it takes to fulfil small orders. You can reduce your waste in subtle ways by opting for bulk orders. This is another major change for your buying department — and for an added bonus, you’ll hardly ever have to worry about running out.

4 Ways to Reuse Business Waste

9. Create the golden rule, ‘repair, not replace’

If something breaks, your initial reaction shouldn’t be to go out and replace it and throw the malfunctioning item in a landfill. This is detrimental to both your “zero-waste” efforts and your bank balance.

Invest in repairs before completely writing an item off — in a business sense, you will need to apply this golden rule in the case of electronics. This is also a good reason to buy only high-quality items that aren’t prone to easy and frequent breakage, as well as to shop from businesses that source components sustainably and don’t have as harmful a supply chain.

10. Forget business stigma and consider second-hand purchases

There’s a certain expectation in the business world that everything associated with a firm should be new and shiny. Upholding your reputation is about more than showing off flashy material goods.

When it’s possible to make a second-hand purchase, do so. This gives you the chance to get a discount and promote reusing other people’s unwanted trash. If every business leader did this, it would decrease the production of goods laced with harmful materials, such as plastic.

11. Remove single-use plastics (specifically drinking water bottles)

We’re smart enough by now to know that single-use plastics are bad… period. If you’re still promoting these, it’s time to put an end to it.

Take a look at our blog post The Good and Bad Points of Plastic for more insider info.

You can make a change in your organisation from doing something as small as switching from single-use plastic drinking bottles to biodegradable cups. Trust us, hanging around the watercooler will feel a lot less criminal.

12. Keep it classic and don’t forget your long-term vision

In this final reuse point, we go back to the purchase of quality goods. When making buying decisions, always have the longevity of the product in mind. For example, if you’re purchasing marketing materials for an upcoming event, it’s a good idea to opt for timeless branding so you can reuse your roller banners, signage and other costly materials at your next conference or pop-up.

If a purchase is going to be wasteful — in that it has a definitive end date to its use — it’s worth considering if you can go without it altogether or switch to a product that you can reuse and get better wear out of.

3 Ways to Recycle Business Waste

13. Educate yourself — and others — on recycling rules

Look, this seems like a fairly straightforward tip that shouldn’t even be on the list, but you’d be surprised at how in the dark some people are when it comes to recycling. The impact of recycling affects everyone, so getting educated on recycling rules should be a team effort.

You can find more information on disposing of business and commercial waste on the GOV website.

14. Look outside of council recycling schemes

It’s easy to pass the buck to someone else, but to make major strides in wiping out waste, you’ll need to look further than the local authorities. If your council is unable to recycle certain materials, don’t take this as gospel.

Private companies and charities will have provisions in place to recycle items such as mass quantities of plastic or electronics. Fancy getting paid for your good deeds? You may even be financially rewarded for opting for certain recycling actions.

15. Try to rehome before you scrap it

Selling items or donating items before tossing them into a landfill are good for your conscience, your pocket and your business. Selling your items will give you a financial reward and donating to local charities is a great PR activity — it makes for a fantastic Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. It’s a no brainer that you should adopt this method of wiping out waste.

The rise in social media has made it easier than ever before to pitch items to a localised audience. In fact, most items will be picked up and require you to do nothing except wait for a willing buyer or collector to turn up on your doorstep.

There are plenty of ways you can realistically reduce business waste. If you implement all of these fifteen ways to wipe out waste, you’ll be a pro at taking commercial responsibility.
At Takeaway Packaging, we help businesses make this transition by providing environmental food packaging in bulk quantities. Been meaning to switch to biodegradable drinking cups? Do you need branded packaging for your next event’s catering? Look no further than our sustainable shop.