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Amazon delivery contained 45ft of packaging paper

Amazon criticised on social media for using up to 45ft of packaging paper to protect a wall calendar.

Amazon delivery contained 45ft of packaging paper

One customer posted images of the over-sized paper packaging; Annie Gelly purchased the £9 Collins A2 calendar online expecting it to arrive in a Jiffy bag or envelope and was shocked to see ‘such a waste’ of paper.

“The calendar arrived last Thursday and it has masses of paper in the box – there were nine lengths of screwed-up brown paper which measured about 45ft in total.

“Amazon always package stuff this way – I’ve had things like this in the past and they’re particularly prone to it – but this really took the biscuit. I think it’s bad for the environment and you would have thought Amazon of all people would be aware of that kind of thing and try to be more careful.”

In another order, the length of paper was 26ft long.

That unnamed customer said: “I know that the paper they use is recycled, but I can’t help but think Amazon are still chopping down the rainforest. It was so excessive – but on the plus side, I won’t need to buy any wrapping paper this Christmas.”

An Amazon spokesperson said: “We continue to pursue multi-year waste reduction initiatives – e-commerce ready packaging and Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging – to promote easy-to-open, 100 percent recyclable packaging and to ship products in their own packages without additional shipping boxes.

“These initiatives have grown to include more than 1.2 million products over time and have eliminated more than 36,000 tons of excess packaging just in 2015. If executed well, our innovations will also help us to reduce prep, packing material and shipping supplies and reduce our operational costs by increasing the use of recycled materials. They will also increase the overall density of the packages we ship – good for transportation savings and less waste for our customers – and reduce the things that get damaged in transit and eliminate wasted packaging.”

International Paper KFC food bucket packaging award

International Paper Foodservice Europe has won the Breakthrough Supplier of the Year Award.

International Paper KFC food bucket packaging award

It was awarded in recognition of its work to develop the innovative, grease-resistant food bucket.

Over a two-year period, working closely with KFC UK and Ireland, the in-house team at International Paper Foodservice Europe’s headquarters in Winsford, Cheshire, designed, manufactured, trialled and brought the food bucket to market.

The food bucket uses a robust, resistant lining which prevents the build-up of excess oil to improve food presentation and removes plastic from the construction of the product.

Further development work targeted the outer of the container to give it extra visual impact.

KFC UK and Ireland wanted a glossy finish, but that needed to be achieved without the addition of a plastic coating.

International Paper developed a clay-coated finish that brings extra vibrancy to the print.

Dayo Akinlabi, Supply Chain Manager at KFC UK & Ireland, said: “Our bucket is a truly iconic piece of packaging, but we’re always looking to innovate when it comes to the presentation of our food. It was great to be able to recognise the International Paper Foodservice European team with this well-deserved award. Their collaborative approach led to them delivering an excellent final product – congratulations again to the whole team.”

Mike Turner, managing director of International Paper Foodservice Europe, said: “These awards are attended by some 400 suppliers to KFC and the Breakthrough Supplier of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious. It has taken determination, technical capability and expertise to develop this truly unique, pioneering product and bring it to market. To be recognised with such a prestigious award is an accomplishment the entire team at Winsford – across all disciplines – should be very proud of.”

UK plastics packaging recycling lagging behind EU

UK plastics packaging recycling

UK plastics packaging recycling rate during 2013 was below the EU average, according to the latest data.
UK plastics packaging recycling
Paper and cardboard Packaging recycling rates performed far better, ahead of the EU average, and across all materials the UK ranked 15th out of 28 states.

Figures published via the European Commission’s data website Eurostat show that the UK recorded a plastics packaging recycling rate of 31.6% in 2013, compared to an average of 37.3% across all 28 EU member states.

The UK ranked alongside Estonia, Hungary and Luxembourg, which achieved rates of 28.1%, 30.8% and 32.2% respectively.

Better performing member states such as Sweden and the Netherlands recorded plastics recycling rates of 45.6% and 46.2% respectively.

However, plastics packaging recycling was up more than 6% on 2012 in the UK, the largest single 12-month increase in over a decade.

The figures come as the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) consults on whether to amend the UK’s plastics packaging target for 2016 in the wake of market pressure.

The target currently stands at 52%, and is set to rise to 57% in 2017.

But under the proposals, the current target may fall to 48% – increasing by 1% each year until the end of the decade.

With glass recycling the UK performed far better but still failed to meet the EU average, recycling 68.3% of its glass packaging in 2013 against the EU’s overall total of 72.8%.

And on metals, the country also lagged far behind many of its EU counterparts, recycling 57.4% of packaging compared to an average of 73.9%.

The UK did however recycle more paper and cardboard packaging compared to many EU states, achieving an 89.4% rate compared to an average of 84.7%

Across all material streams, the UK performed somewhat better with 64.6% of packaging recycled – ranking it 15th out of 28 states. This compares to an EU-wide average of 65.3% for the year.

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