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Sue Barlow

Sue Barlow
15 February 2023

Pack it but, Sustainably.

Sustainable Pallet Containment Solutions – Saving the Environment One Pallet at a Time: Innovative Containment Solutions for a Sustainable Future

Sustainable pallet containment solutions ensures the safety of your personnel and products, during the transportation of palletised goods as the utmost importance. However, there is growing pressure on the UK’s distribution industry to decrease the usage of disposable packaging and shift towards more eco-friendly operations. Maxpack offers sustainable pallet containment solutions that will effectively secure your pallets during transit while minimising the use of single-use packaging; helping you opt for more eco-friendly packaging.

Single-use plastics and legislation:

The detrimental effects of plastic pollution last for centuries and harm the health of our oceans, waterways, and land. It is not only a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions during the manufacturing and production process, but also when it is improperly disposed of.

In light of this, the UK Government (2023) has now banned the use of single-use plastic, like plastic plates, cutlery, trays, bowls and cups by October 2023. This new legislation highlights the impact single-use plastic is having on the environment and stresses the importance of finding alternative solutions, especially for businesses. It is estimated that England alone, uses 2.7 billion items of single-use cutlery and 721 million single-use plates annually, but only 10% are recycled. If you lined up 2.7 billion pieces of cutlery, the length would be sufficient to go around the world more than eight and a half times (based on each piece being 15cm long). Not only does this mean companies need to evaluate their options and find viable solutions for their business, but they also need to consider how they are packaging their goods.

There are some parameters of the single-use plastic, for example medical, pharmaceuticals and baby/ infant disciplines are not banned. Although, it is not currently banned for use in the packaging of palletised goods just yet, it undeniably raises the question as to when they will be. From 2024, the UK Government (2023) is set to work with businesses to implement Packaging Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), meaning producers of the packaging, within the market, are responsible for its end of life. Then in 2025, the UK Government is aiming to boost higher recycling rate by introducing a deposit return scheme for plastic and metal drink containers.

What does this mean for your business?

Any company that transports palletised items within its own operations or to consumers, requires a pallet containment solution. But with contemporary and up-coming legislation, organisations must now consider how palletising their goods can be done sustainably. Below are some examples of sustainable options for your business.

Want to know more about our range? 

Request you copy of our Sustainable Pallet Containment Solutions Booklet,  to see more of Maxpack’s eco-friendly, recyclable and biodegradable packaging.


"Begin the transition to reduce unnecessary single-use plastics by opting for more sustainable pallet containment solutions. This will keep you ahead of competition and at the forefront of consumers' minds, as an organisation who cares"

Steve Maxim
Business Development Director

How can you make a positive impact on the environment and reduce waste in your business operations?

Consider switching to more sustainable packaging! Here are a few steps you can take to get started:
    • Evaluate your current packaging: Take stock of the materials you use for packaging and shipping, and assess their impact on the environment


    • Research alternative materials: Look into eco-friendly options like biodegradable plastics, paper, and compostable materials.


    • Consider the entire lifecycle of your packaging: From sourcing to disposal, consider the environmental impact of your packaging at every stage.


    • Partner with sustainable suppliers: Work with suppliers who share your values and are committed to reducing waste and environmental impact.


    • Implement a recycling program: Encourage customers to recycle by providing clear and easy-to-follow instructions, and make sure that your packaging is recyclable where possible.


    • Continuously assess and improve: Regularly review and evaluate the effectiveness of your sustainable packaging efforts, and make improvements where necessary.


    • By taking these steps, you can make a positive impact on the environment and help to reduce waste in your business operations. Your customers will appreciate your commitment to sustainability, and you’ll be making a difference for future generations.

Maxpack can help in the transition to reduce unnecessary single-use plastics by opting for more sustainable pallet containment solutions.

Still unsure what is right for you and your business?

Please get in contact, our experienced team is more than happy to discuss any questions that you may have.

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