Letchworth packaging firm’s bid to reduce plastic use by 120 tonnes

PUBLISHED: 08:30 29 October 2018

Kite Packaging - which has a branch in Letchworth - is encouraging its customers to join them in reducing their plastic use. Picture; Kite Packaging

Kite Packaging - which has a branch in Letchworth - is encouraging its customers to join them in reducing their plastic use. Picture; Kite Packaging

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A packaging firm with a branch in Letchworth has launched a new initiative to help businesses reduce plastic, with the aim of reducing their own by 120 tonnes by the end of 2019.

Part of Kite Packaging's initiative includes a mobile testing and demonstration hub, where it will carry out waste minimising packaging audits. Picture; Kite PackagingPart of Kite Packaging's initiative includes a mobile testing and demonstration hub, where it will carry out waste minimising packaging audits. Picture; Kite Packaging

Kite Packaging has unveiled a new mobile packaging test and demonstration facility, in which packaging technologists can carry out waste minimising audits to determine how plastic packaging can be reduced, as well as offering more eco-friendly alternatives.

Managing partner Gavin Ashe said: “Everyone in business is fantastically busy focusing on their business, and packaging often ends up an afterthought.

“So we have invested in our mobile test facility to take the solutions directly to the customer – where we can demonstrate, design and even test solutions at the customer’s factory, saving everyone time and money.

“We really are a packaging company that wants to make sure you use less packaging. Join us in saving 120 tonnes of package waste this year.”

The employee-owned business announced the challenge earlier this month when the team held a plastic packaging conference in the Midlands, where both the truck and their plastics white paper was launched.

Transition Town Letchworth launched its own initiative to reduce the use of plastic in the town – Plastic Free Letchworth – earlier this year.

Julia Sonander from the Plastic Free Letchworth team said: “This is a really exciting initiative from Kite Packaging.

“Our team raise awareness of the problems with plastics, but we also look to share solutions to reduce the volume of single-use plastics.

“We understand the challenge for businesses in finding suitable sustainable alternatives to plastics packaging which are financially viable.

“We are looking forward to meeting with Kite Packaging to explore how their initiative can help our local businesses and community reduce its dependence on single-use plastics.”

Earlier this year, North Herts District Council’s Letchworth area committee awarded Plastic Free Letchworth a grant to provide books for primary schools in the town, highlighting the dangers plastic poses on sea life.

For further information on how to reduce your plastic use, see Kite Packaging’s white paper at kitepackaging.co.uk.

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