Are you ready for Monday?

Are you ready for Monday?

From Monday libraries, community centres, outdoor attractions, gyms, indoor leisure centres, outdoor hospitality, indoor parent and child groups, self-contained accommodation and personal care facilities will be opening.

With an ever increasing product range and some of the lowest prices in the UK, we have all the essentials you need to kick start the re-opening of your business.

We have an extensive range of flags, banners, outdoor signage and various other products to get you up and running again.

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Packaging: The Heroes and Villains

Wander round your local supermarket and you’d be forgiven for thinking that most of the products on display have recyclable packaging. Paper, glass, metal, many plastics, all can be put in household recycling collections.

But an investigation by consumer group Which? has found that little more than a third (34%) of the UK’s best-selling branded groceries has packaging that’s fully recyclable. Not only that, but just one in four (41%) have no relevant labelling, meaning that consumers are given no indication of whether the packaging is able to be recycled or not.

Variety pack

Which? analysed 89 popular branded products in 10 different food categories, including chocolate, fizzy drinks, crisps, yoghurts, drinks, cheese and bread. Each piece of packaging was broken down into its different elements, weighed, then assessed as to how recyclable each element was.

What the consumer group found was that the recyclability of product packaging not only varied hugely between food categories, but between brands in each category. While breakfast cereals and juice drinks generally have packaging that’s widely recycled, crisps, chocolate and cheese are packaged in materials that are difficult to recycle. These three categories also had some of the worst labelling, with just 10% of chocolate bars indicating whether its packaging could be recycled.

“To reduce the waste to landfill, the government must make labelling mandatory, simple and clear,” said Natalie Hitchins, Which? Head of Home Products and Services. “This enables shoppers to know exactly how to dispose of the packaging on the products they consume.”

The good, the bad and the unrecyclable

Crisps, chocolate and cheese may have poor recycling records when it comes to their packaging, but other categories have their own issues. The sustainability of yoghurt pots was found to be different depending on the brand, with some Muller and Cadbury pots being made of polystyrene – a difficult material to recycle. However, Onken prove that it can be done, with its polypropylene pot and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) lid, which are both widely recyclable.

Simon Ellin, CEO of The Recycling Association, said: ‘There’s no excuse not to redesign polystyrene pots. It’s a simple change.’

More work to be done

The Which? report shows that despite the many brand campaigns, launches and announcements around sustainability, there’s still a long way to go for many household brands in making their packaging fully recyclable. The consumer group carried out a similar report two years ago, which found that up to 29% of supermarket own-label grocery packaging was not easily recyclable, so you could argue that there’s not been a great deal of progress in that time.

“Consumers are crying out for brands that take sustainability seriously and products that are easy to recycle,” said Natalie Hitchins. “But for any real difference to be made to the environment, manufacturers need to maximise their use of recyclable and recycled materials, and ensure products are correctly labelled.”

A pouch we can vouch for

Our flexible pouch packaging can be used to store and protect any number of items, from technology products, make-up to food and even pet treats for all your furry friends.

Also known as Doypacks, these flexible pouches have a base that will expand when filled. This allows it to stand up on its own.

Made from 75% less plastic than an equivalent capacity rigid storage container, they aren’t only great for saving storage, but better for the planet!

Available in 4 sizes and printed on 3 different materials specifically designed to resist moisture and protect the contents.

Choose the options which suit you best, whether you would like a hanging hole or zip lock seal on your selected pouch, customise this to meet your needs! You can print on either side of the pouch and the base remains unprinted (either white or transparent depending on the material chosen).

Materials: All of our materials are high barrier. This means they are suitable for use in the food industry as they keep contents fresh and odours out.

Transparent Film: A see-through film, ideal if you want the customer to see the contents.

White Film: A semi-opaque film allowing you to see the contents or the outline of them if you hold up to the light.

Paper/ Aluminium: A multi-layered pouch made of paper, with an aluminium foil lining inside.

Completely opaque. Ideal artisan packaging for everything to homemade foods to toiletries.

Whatever the item, we have a packaging pouch that is right for you!

Top tip: Our pouches could make a great welcome pack for the hospitality industry. Why not incorporate a mixture of toiletries, along with an eye mask and a toothbrush to let customers know you care.

UK shipping is FREE.

Custom Printed Takeaway Pizza Boxes

Custom Printed Takeaway Boxes

White or Kraft Pizza Boxes now being printed at SHARPE PRINT.

These can be ordered plain, pre-printed with a generic image or fully customised for your business.

5.5″, 7″, 9″ 12″ or 16″ all 100% recyclable.

We can also supply pizza tripods and liners.

Bespoke Carton Packaging

Let's create your bespoke carton packaging!

Do you need custom packaging for your business?

Let us help you with your requirements in 4 simple steps.

Step 1 – Specification
We work with you to agree dimensions and look & feel of your bespoke packaging and likely order quantites.

Step 2 – Sample
Our Cardboard engineers will create a cutter guide and make up a hard copy sample for testing and your approval.

Step 3 – Proofing
Your artwork should now be created and dropped into the bespoke cutter guide for pre-flight checks and proofing for your final approval.

Step 4 – Production
We will keep you updated on the delivery schedule and details.