Reuniting at industry events

Working together we can build a brighter, greener future, says Cromwell Polythene’s Managing Director, James Lee.

As restrictions ease, most of us are eager to get back to something more like ‘normal’. Face-to-face events are returning, giving the industry the opportunity to engage with each other and share best practice, following a difficult time for us all.

Like many across the industry, our team is now out and about at conferences, events, and exhibitions, finally chatting with clients, customers, suppliers, and more.

As proud suppliers to the cleaning and janitorial industry, we’re looking forward to being an exhibitor at the London Cleaning Show, being held at ExCeL London from 2-4 November. Having participated for nearly 15 years, in 2021 you can find us on stand C26.

The importance of keeping spaces clean, hygienic, and healthy remains essential and the industry is getting recognition like never before. As sectors rebuild and rebound, having procedures in place to do so safely is a top priority, to protect staff and customers.

We’ll be showcasing our manufacturing capabilities and range of sacks, bags and speciality products. These include waste and recycling sacks; bin liners; clinical waste sacks; personal protective equipment; available from stock or made-to-order, including bespoke printing and packaging requirements. All our waste and recycling range contains at least 30% recycled material, with most items containing 97%.

All our products are designed to make the world cleaner, greener and more resourceful, whilst helping organisations to safeguard themselves and others from the risk of infection. One of our most popular options is our LowCO2

t range, which is engineered to provide maximum

performance using minimal resources. This reduces the volume of plastic used, and cuts carbon emissions during production and transportation. We’re also the sole UK distributor for compostable bags made from Ecopond biodegradable resin.

A sustainable future

The Government’s Environment Bill, delayed due to coronavirus, is going through the final stages in parliament, with measures designed to fundamentally change the way we produce and consume products.

Our used polythene recovery service is one of the ways we help our customers to be more resource efficient. It keeps valuable resources within the circular economy by returning clean polythene packaging to the production cycle. This scheme helps with the recovering and recycling of used polythene packaging within the UK, for re-use and re-distribution. This saves virgin materials in line with the principles of the circular economy and reduces landfill.

This year, we’re also joining a number of recycling shows, including exhibiting at the RWM Exhibition from 22-23


September, at the NEC, Birmingham, at stand 5-U104 in the Recyclers and Reprocessors area. We’ll also be networking at Letsrecycle Live, at Stoneleigh, Coventry, from 15-16 September, and the RECOUP conference on 30 September.

We continue to see growing demand for responsible products which not only meet waste and recycling challenges, but also help to combat climate change. Sadly, there’s a lot of greenwash and, unfortunately, the media has often times got it wrong and misled the public into believing some products are more eco-friendly than others.

As we continue to reiterate, contrary to popular belief, plastics have a very resource-efficient profile. Responsibly produced plastic packaging brings value and efficiencies including preventing food waste and, due to its lightweight characteristics, reduces fuel consumption and lowers greenhouse gases throughout the supply chain.

Our CPR Manufacturing team, specialising in the recycling and manufacturing of polythene, film, bags and sacks, will be networking at InterPlas. It’s the UK’s leading plastics industry event, showcasing manufacturing processes, technologies, and services essential to the sector.

Finally, we’ll be at the LARAC conference – the leading event in the local authority waste and recycling calendar from 7-8 October, which we’ve proudly been part of for many years.

We’re looking forward to finally being able to meet people face to face, and even, dare we say, have a handshake.

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