World Without Plastics

The plastic vs paper debate has dominated the industry for a few years and remains high on the agenda. At Southgate, we have experienced first-hand a huge shift of consumer interest in sustainable packaging alternatives. Sourcing sustainable packaging products has become a crucial requirement from both producers of packaging and the consumer. However, what sustainability means has become slightly confused.

 

Many are quick to deem plastic as the ‘bad guy’ and the most harmful material for the environment compared to others, such as paper. Whilst in some respects this is true, at Southgate, we acknowledge the benefits of paper products and the ease of recyclability. We believe that plastic is not evil and can have equal benefits when sourced responsibly. We see the debate from both sides as there are benefits and disadvantages to using both materials. Therefore, we believe that when a business is looking to provide input into a more circular economy, it should be a healthy mixture of both plastic and paper, used in the most environmentally responsible ways.

 

It is all about research and consideration. Switching to alternative materials to appear more sustainable can sometimes cause more problems such as higher energy, water-use or increased CO2 emissions in production and transport. There is a lot to think about when considering the production process, yet there are plenty of actions which can be applied so every business is contributing to building a more sustainable future. For example, Southgate’s Airwave Carbon Neutral Film is made of more than 53% recycled plastic and with the support of the Rainforest Project, Southgate actively contributes all Co2 from production and raw materials for projects in the Brazilian Rainforest.

 

Ultimately, instead of putting plastic and paper against one another, we should be using them in harmony.

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