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SUSTAINABILITY


RECYCLED ISN’T ALWAYS THE MOST SUSTAINABLE OPTION


Paper products are renowned for being traditionally unsustainable, so Disposables UK’s Sales Director, Paul Halliwell, explains how FMs can source responsible, ethical supplies that are not only recycled but have a low-carbon production process.


Sustainability has long been the hot topic in the paper disposables industry, and over the last few years many manufacturers have ‘gone green’ in an attempt to counteract any negative impact on the environment. As an industry in which the use of natural resources in the production process is fundamental and which supplies products that need constant replenishment, we have a responsibility to safeguard the environment and ensure we act as ethically as possible.


Just as paper disposable suppliers have placed more of a focus on


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sustainability, customers too are now extremely eco-conscious and demand products that are not only high quality and well-priced, but also ‘green’. This means that creating sustainable products is no longer a choice for manufacturers, it’s a necessity.


Whilst the industry has worked hard to minimise its impact on the environment, there is certainly more that can be done. When it comes to manufacturing, sustainability isn’t just about creating ‘green’ products; it’s also about ensuring that processes and practices are carried out in a responsible manner. Sustainability


is tied into the ethics of corporate and social responsibility and, in order to become truly green, companies should take a holistic view.


Customers nowadays take it for granted that products are ‘green’ and are looking for the whole package in terms of products that can really go the distance, delivering cost savings and waste reduction. It’s not enough for products simply to be made from recycled materials, customers want products that promote a healthy living experience, enhance the workplace environment and help to sustain valuable natural resources.


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