DS Smith has released new research which finds that 1.5 million tonnes of plastic could be replaced each year from just five areas within supermarkets across Europe. Its report, ‘Transforming the Supermarket Aisle’, was developed in conjunction with White Space, the leading growth strategy consultancy. It identifies plastic packaging, such as fresh produce punnets and shrink wrap, which supermarkets can replace with alternative, renewable materials. The five categories identified account for over 70 billion individual units of plastic (over 1.5 million tonnes) per year and are highlighted as targets for reduction and replacement by the packaging company. Miles Roberts, CEO of DS Smith commented: It is clear that we all have a big job to do, but we can already see through our research some of the potential answers. Our research demonstrates that simple changes in the materials used could make a big difference for retailers, thereby reducing plastic use by millions of tonnes over the next decade. While there is no silver bullet, we know that sustainable fibre-based packaging has a huge role to play, appealing to our customers and consumers alike. Click "read more" below for additional information.
Sappi Europe announces a price increase for all its containerboard grades by 8 – 10% for deliveries from 1 July 2021.
The ongoing sharp rise in raw material costs, particularly pulp, chemicals and energy in combination with high freight rates make price adjustments unavoidable.
Sappi’s sales team will be in contact with customers to discuss the detail and support the implementation.