Sustainable Alternatives

Southgate Global plans to replace every one of its packaging products with an eco-friendly alternative. The move follows the firm’s commitment to promoting a circular carbon economy with aims to create a more sustainable way of working and living.


In the last year, Southgate Global has launched many new sustainable products. These include a flexible paper sleeve, a lightweight paper packaging solution ideal for a sustainable world because paper is one of the few truly sustainable products. It is made from renewable resources, it’s biodegradable, and is one of the most largely recycled materials. Also, water-based glue is used, so customers can be reassured that they have a 100% biodegradable packaging product.


Darren Smith, Head of Marketing at Southgate Global, said: “With the hugely important climate change conference COP 26 fast approaching, which will be held in the United Kingdom, in Glasgow, we feel that it is vital that a British company is leading the way in the creation of sustainable packaging.


“Our latest product launches are part of our mission to continually focus on product innovation and the development of new, eco-friendly packaging alternatives. We work to very high standards, with sustainability at the forefront for our packaging range, which, ultimately, will help us and our clients contribute to the circular economy.”


Southgate Global is committed to developing a line of sustainable alternatives to expand its current range and significantly reduce packaging waste and plastic content. The company is determined to play a pioneering and meaningful part in convincing the packaging industry to reduce its impact on the environment and climate change.


Darren said: “Increasingly, our customers want us to help them with their own green credentials, so it is vital that we pursue our mission to take responsibility by giving our customers sustainable packaging solutions, reducing waste and plastic content, whilst feeding into the consumer shift for more eco-friendly packaging products. Our mission is to have a suite of eco-friendly options available for every packaging product.”


Southgate Global has reported significant growth over the past year, nearly doubling turnover.


Darren added: “Both the e-commerce boom and our investment in more sustainable packaging products have contributed to an increase in sales and by the end of this year we will have broken boundaries for growth within the sector.”


In the past year, Southgate Global has launched many sustainable packaging products including carton sealing, paper mailers and void fill, with more in its development pipeline.


Darren said: “Sustainability has been a buzz word in the packaging industry for many years now, but people can get a blinkered view. But we are determined to keep it at the forefront of our business as it impacts all parts of the supply chain. This is why we are continuously driving innovation. While the impact of the pandemic is still being felt within the industry and inevitably caused changes to practices and preferences, looking ahead to 2022, sustainable packaging remains the most desirable requirement with consumers leading the demand.


“With the introduction of the government’s Plastic Packaging Tax in April 2022, the ability to transform your packaging business so that you are able to deliver sustainable packaging solutions is only going to rise in urgency. It is predicted that around 20,000 producers and importers of plastic packaging will be impacted by the introduction of the tax.”


With sustainable packaging high on every manufacturing and distribution company’s agenda, Southgate Global believes that the packaging industry should turn to advances in digital technologies to meet the latest requirements and bring fresh alternatives onto the market. The rise of digital technology is also allowing the industry to become more aware of its packaging usage.


Technology plays a key role in the manufacturing of Southgate Global’s sustainable packaging products. Its range of Airwave machines use technology to manage the cushion speed, inflation rate and amount needed to minimise wastage – reducing operator time and creating sustainable solutions to void fill. Southgate Global’s 98% air cushions use minimal material without compromising on product protection.


Darren added: “We also offer compostable, paper and carbon neutral films to ensure consumers can responsibly dispose of packaging waste.


“At Southgate Global, sustainability in terms of our packaging product innovation is of the utmost priority. Our belief is that our packaging products must meet the criteria of being sustainable, recyclable, reusable, biodegradable and waste reductive. This way our customers can easily choose packaging they know falls within their own sustainability goals and promises to consumers.”


Darren acknowledges that whilst a large part of the industry’s mission for sustainability is focused on minimising the amount of plastic and opting for paper alternatives – particularly with the introduction of the Plastic Packaging Tax – arguably this isn’t always the best sustainable solution.


Darren explained: “At Southgate Global, whilst we acknowledge the benefits of paper products and the ease of recyclability, we understand that plastic is sometimes the only option at the moment, and it can contribute to the circular economy, as long as it is sourced responsibly – which is hopefully what the tax will now encourage.


“We are already witnessing developments being made almost daily in sustainable material alternatives, from seaweed to agricultural waste. The move towards achieving a more circular economy brings frequent new advancements which is incredibly exciting for the industry. And as technology continues to advance, we know this will only continue to bring new alternatives to the table and meet the desired environmental requirements for both businesses and consumers.”

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