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Crunch Time! Kerbside-Recyclable Crisp Packets

A British company has just launched the first fully kerbside-recyclable crisp packet, allowing you to snack with a clear conscience. As companies race to replace single-use plastics with more sustainable packaging, the latest frontier in the fight for recycling is crisp packets. With an estimated eight billion crisp packets thrown away in the UK every...Read More

How Are Major Brands Rethinking Packaging?

New paper packaging initiatives have soared in the last few years, making way for some interesting re-designs of our well-known products. Here are some recent packaging innovations from big supermarket brands. Walkers Snack A Jacks Paper Wraps Walkers ‘Snack-a-Jacks’ are getting a paper makeover! This lunchtime staple is getting an eco-upgrade, with its outer wrap...Read More

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – The Gardening Edition

The age-old saying, “Waste not, want not.” carries more weight than ever before. Many nations and companies are pledging to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfills each year, meaning that recycling rates are going up in the right direction. 71% of paper and 82% of paper packaging is recycled into new products...Read More

The ‘PULP’ Exhibition: Pushing The Boundaries Of Paper

Step into the enchanting world of paper artistry, where strips of cardboard, papier-mâché, and meticulous folding converge. The upcoming exhibition, 'PULP,' promises to be a visual feast, showcasing the innovative and awe-inspiring works of over two dozen international artists. Hosted at MAKE Southwest, the exhibition is a collaborative effort by the Paper Artist Collective and...Read More

Purr-fectly Irresistible: Why Pets Adore Cardboard Delights

Pet owners around the world can attest to the inexplicable joy their furry companions find in the simplest of things. One universally cherished item that seems to captivate pets, from cats and dogs to rabbits and guinea pigs, is cardboard. So, what is it about this humble material that has pets pouncing, scratching, and nesting...Read More

Supermarkets Switching To Paper-Based Packaging

Have you noticed that more of your weekly grocery items are now in paper-based packaging? In September 2023, Sainsbury’s announced that all of its own-brand toilet and kitchen roll would switch from plastic to paper packaging, cutting 55 million pieces (485 tonnes) of plastic each year. In January 2024, it announced that it would save...Read More

E-Waste Recycling: UK Retailers To Foot the Bill Starting 2026

In a move to tackle the escalating issue of electronic waste (e-waste), the UK government has unveiled plans that will see producers and retailers covering the costs of recycling. From 2026 onwards, consumers can expect enhanced routes for disposing of electronic goods responsibly, marking a significant step towards a sustainable and circular economy. Addressing The...Read More

South Kesteven Residents To Start Using Purple Lid Bins For Paper

People living in parts of Lincolnshire are being asked to put their paper and cardboard in new bins separate from their other recycling. www.lincolnshire.gov.uk New wheelie bins with purple lids have been delivered to around 68,000 households across South Kesteven. The council said the first collection of the new bins will be in the week...Read More

A Recycling Refresher To Kickstart Your New Year

As we welcome in the New Year, it's the perfect time to make resolutions that not only benefit ourselves but also contribute to a healthier planet. One simple yet impactful resolution you can make is to revamp and refresh your recycling habits. We have a guide to help you on your journey towards a more...Read More

Recycled Christmas Trees Helping To Reduce Flooding

If you have a real fern tree at Christmas, what do you do with it after it’s served its festive use and is looking a bit worse for wear? A Christmas tree recycling company has found a great way of aiding in the reduction of flooding in local areas. Based in Todmorden,  Sara Tomkins and...Read More

Sustainable Paper-Based Christmas Gifts For All Ages

According to sources, each Christmas, a staggering 33 million Brits receive a gift they don’t want. Of those, an even more staggering 6.1% – over 2 million gifts – are just thrown away to end up in landfill.[1] If you’re reading this article, you’re unlikely to be one of those who throws something away that...Read More

Don’t Throw Away Your Old Christmas Wrapping Paper!

Christmas is a time full of excess, including excess waste – typically an increase of about 30% compared with the rest of the year.[1] Even though many of us will be spending a little more carefully this year, there are things we can do to also reduce waste – and have fun in the process....Read More

8 Clever Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

How To Create Maximum Effect With Minimum Environmental Impact Nothing heightens the sense of anticipation on Christmas morning more than beautifully wrapped presents under the tree. But, as we all become more conscious of our environmental responsibilities, you might be wondering if that means you need to compromise on your wrapping paper and start wrapping...Read More

Make Your Own Paper Christmas Decorations

Decorating the house for Christmas is always lots of fun, but it can be extra special when you have made the decorations yourself. Making decorations from paper, especially if you use old wrapping paper saved from the year before, is environmentally friendly, too. Here are 10 DIY Christmas decorations that kids of all ages will...Read More

FSC Encourage Consumers To Take The FSC Christmas Card Pledge

Forests are an extremely important part of the environment. Well-managed sustainable forests give multiple benefits to society, such as livelihoods, ecosystem services and biodiversity, while helping to tackle climate change. To ensure the long-term health of European forests, sustainable forest management underpins how the paper industry operates and sources its main raw material. A number...Read More

International Artists Day 2023

International Artist Day is a day designed to honour and celebrate the incredible talents of artists from around the world and their creative processes. Here are three artists that we have interviewed and who you can read more about in their respective blog articles: The Art Of Quilling - Sena Runa Sena Runa, a talented...Read More

4 Paper Crafts For A Spooktacular Halloween

“Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble” [1] As the nights draw in and the days grow colder, our attention once again turns to witches, ghouls and things that go bump in the night. Halloween is a time when shadows play tricks and imaginations run wild… and what better way to put...Read More

10 Ways To Use Paper Around The House To Put The Horror In Halloween

Halloween is a fun-filled night of the year with spooky costumes, scary stories, and lots of candy. Getting into the Halloween spirit doesn’t mean you need to buy overpriced costumes and Halloween decorations. You can easily horrify your home to be a Spooktacular place on Halloween night. This list will give you ideas on how...Read More

Consumers Demand That Governments, Brands And Retailers Do More To Ensure Packaging Is More Sustainable

The Trend Tracker Survey 2023, the latest consumer research from Two Sides Europe, seeks to understand changing consumer perceptions towards print and paper products, looking specifically at environmental awareness, reading habits, packaging preferences and attitudes towards tissue products. Online Shopping – Good News For Paper Packaging The shift to online shopping has accelerated dramatically in...Read More

New Paper Poppies Available This Remembrance Day!

Starting in October 2023, you can get your hands on the NEW 100% recyclable, Paper Poppies! These new poppies have been created using a mix of fibres from responsible sources. This means you can put the poppy in your home recycling bin once you are finished with it. Removing Single-Use Plastic Over the last three...Read More

The Importance Of Drawing In Children’s Development

Often, only when it’s raining outside, and the usual favourite toys are no longer cutting it, do the paper and crayons come out. According to experts in child development and psychology, however, far from being just a fun activity, drawing plays an important role in children’s development, helping them to communicate, learn and remember. Plus,...Read More

Survey Reveals Consumers Perceive Paper And Pulp Has Less Impact On Forests Than Other Industries

The recent research report from Two Sides Europe, the ‘Trend Tracker Survey 2023’, seeks to understand changing consumer perceptions towards print, paper and paper-based packaging, looking specifically at their environmental perceptions, reading habits, packaging preferences and attitudes towards tissue products. What Impacts On Forests Most? The print and paper industry is surrounded by myths, many...Read More

The Future Of Festivals: Sustainable Paper Products Are Taking Centre Stage

It’s festival season! As thousands of people head out on long weekends of music, dancing and mosh-pits, this year’s headliner is sustainability. You might be curious about how sustainable large-scale events like this can be. Research body, Think Tank estimates that each year, there are around 23,500 tonnes of waste from festivals alone. Sustainability has...Read More

World Environment Day 2023

"This World Environment Day join us in the global effort to #BeatPlasticPollution" “Only one Earth” was the slogan for the 1972 Stockholm Conference. Though 50 years have passed, this message still holds relevance and importance. The #OnlyOneEarth campaign for World Environment Day 2023 aims to celebrate the planet through collective environmental action. The objective is...Read More

Invest In Our Planet – Earth Day 2023

Earth Day 2023 is a global call to action for governments, businesses, and people to protect the environment to ensure we can all work with nature to enjoy a sustainable future. Promoted as the ‘World’s Largest Environmental Movement,’ Earth Day is an annual global campaign that aims to gather support for the protection of the...Read More

Paper Party – Easter Edition

Are you planning a get-together this Easter? Why not have it on theme, from printable decorations to party games, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Printable Egg Hunt An Easter egg hunt is a great activity for all ages and can include chocolate and/or paper Easter eggs. If you choose to print them, you...Read More

Where Would We Be Without Paper?

We might live in the digital age, but there can be little doubt that paper is still one of the most important materials in the world. For most of us, it will be something we touch, see or use multiple times a day, probably without giving it a second thought. Paper is understated and versatile,...Read More

Gift Wrapping – The Highstreet Initiative

Did you know, not all wrapping paper we buy from the shops can be recycled? FatFace, along with some other big highstreet names, have come up with an initiative that will save you time, effort, and money this Christmas. Picture the scene. You’ve walked into your local highstreet retailer and picked up that perfect gift...Read More

Pretty Paper: Tips For A More Sustainable Christmas

Having a sustainable Christmas needn’t be a chore and through small changes and research, we can make a conscious decision to be greener in our festive celebrations. Paper and wood products from sustainable sources enable us to enjoy the creativity and magic of Christmas without a guilty conscience and ensure that some of our favourite Christmas traditions can continue and be kind to our planet.

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10 Simple Steps To Make Your Own Paper

If you’re looking for a sustainable and fun craft idea suitable for adults and children alike, making your own paper could be just the thing. The very first paper was made by a Chinese court official during the Eastern Han period (25-220 AD) [1]. It’s thought that he made his paper by mixing mulberry bark,...Read More

Our e-waste problem – It’s time to take a different look at your devices.

One record the electronics industry won’t be proud to break is its own size of e-waste. In the world of electronics and digital, new records are set every day. Speed, size, image resolution, connectivity, simplicity – with every new launch or software update, performance parameters are increased and limits pushed further. It’s got to the…

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Study Reveals That People Prefer Paper Books Over E-Readers

A new report has confirmed the increasing popularity of physical books over e-readers – especially on holiday where paper is the ideal companion. So how was your holiday? Go anywhere nice? Lots of sun? Hopefully, you have managed to get a summer break and are now dealing with the barrage of questions about your holiday....Read More

The Plantable Papers Of Japan

What do you do with your newspaper once you’ve finished reading it? A Japanese publisher of 'The Mainichi Shimbusha' newspaper, has devised a ‘green’ newspaper initiative meaning that people can plant the paper wherever it ends up. Why Was It Invented? If you have been to a city centre in the last few months you have...Read More

3 Activities to Teach Children Recycling Habits

Now that 74% of paper[1] and 83% of paper-based packaging[2] in Europe is recycled into new products, how do we pass on our recycling routine to the next generation to help maintain and improve the current recycling rates? Recycling is becoming more essential in our daily lifestyle with councils changing bin collection routines, companies promoting...Read More

Earth Day 2022

With the theme of ‘Invest in our planet’, this year’s Earth Day falls on April 22. We look at its purpose and some of the events and activities happening around the world. What will you be doing on Friday 22 April? If you follow the environmental news, chances are you will know that April 22...Read More

Paper Furniture: The New, Environmentally-Friendly, Design Trend

Over the last couple of years, while we’ve all been spending more time at home, many of us have taken the opportunity to give our living spaces a makeover in an effort to make them more comfortable as well as more practical for homeworking. But what about the furniture we buy – and throw out?...Read More

Morrisons Milk to Swap Plastic for Cartons

Supermarket giant Morrisons is making an innovative move to switch all its branded milk from plastic bottles to paper-based cartons. With sustainability at the forefront of everyone’s minds, larger companies are doing their bit in the bid towards a greener, more sustainable future. www.printweek.com A First For Supermarkets From mid-February, nine types of Morrisons fresh...Read More

Postage Stamp Inspired Sustainable Packaging

The demand for sustainability has never been more prominent than it is currently. Sustainable clothing, furniture, and packaging are everywhere and are encouraging designers to think creatively and show initiative to do their bit for the planet. The Stamp Egg packaging is most notable as it can be detached and is made up entirely of...Read More

5 Artists Who Fold Paper For A Living

Have you ever tried your hand at Origami? The ancient Japanese art of paper folding has become an ever-increasing popular activity for people of all ages. Translated, the word ‘Origami’, means ‘to fold paper’ in Japanese. Its complexity ranges anywhere from a simple paper plane to complex 3D structures such as creatures and flowers. These...Read More

5 Ways To Repurpose Your Used Paper Cups

How often do you find yourself grabbing a quick coffee to go for your morning commute, or even whilst out shopping as a treat? After you have consumed your beverage though, what do you do with the cup? In the UK we use 7 million disposable coffee cups every day and less than 1% of...Read More

How To Become A Recycling Pro At Home

Rising consumerism, an increasing population – it is well-documented that humanity is generating more waste than the planet can handle. Fortunately, as we become more conscious of the need to protect our environment and live sustainably, many of us are also realising that responsibility begins at home. One really easy contribution we can all make...Read More

Paper Packaging Goes Travelling ‘Dan Dan Style’

Paper packaging is typically used for protecting goods whilst in transit or storage and for holding various objects and materials. Polar architect Yusuke Murakami has been exploring the unlimited potentials that paper and cardboard have to offer. Picture the scene; you’re walking through a forest and come across a clearing in the trees. Something catches...Read More

How To Picnic With Paper

A snack-packed picnic is a staple of the British summer, but packaging the food safely usually involves plastic. Here’s our guide to the latest paper products for your outdoor food and drink. OK, so you may not be jetting off this summer without a series of expensive tests and four-hour airport queues when you get...Read More

The Rise of Greetings Cards

At the tap of a screen you can send a digital message to anyone around the world. But it could be argued that those messages lose a sense of personality and sentimentality. Printed greetings cards are used for several events throughout the year. From Valentine’s Day to Christmas, birthdays to anniversaries, there is a card...Read More

The Packaging Demand

The production of packaging is a huge global industry, generating over $900 billion in annual revenue worldwide.¹ Despite the economic hardships many of us have faced due to Covid-19, the packaging industry has boomed during the pandemic. In 2020, Amazon reported over $570 billion in increased market capitalisation. This shocking growth highlights how many of us...Read More

Morrisons Move to a More Sustainable Future with Paper Bags

Morrisons launched a “paper bag only” trial in eight of its stores in January 2021. Having proved popular with many customers, Morrisons are now removing plastic bags from all their UK stores in favour for paper bags. Their Welsh stores will be the first to move to paper carrier bags, before being rolled-out in the...Read More

Cracking Down on Easter Plastic

We look at how supermarkets and retailers are making their Easter packaging more sustainable. Tuck in! By now your Easter egg haul is very likely to be down to single figures. After a long bank holiday weekend of exercise/TV (delete according to honesty) and chocolate, you are now left with a series of elaborate packages...Read More

5 Tips To Help You Recycle At Home

Whilst cleaning and getting organised can be great ways to brighten your mood and lift your spirits, it can also be beneficial to the environment if done correctly. A report from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), revealed that British households create over 26 million tonnes of waste each year. In the battle...Read More

Living Sustainably with Paper in 2021

After almost an entire year of dealing with the uncertainty brought on by Covid-19, we could all benefit from creating some self-motivating New Year’s Resolutions. However, with the UK now in its third national lockdown, it can be difficult to figure out what resolutions you should make while staying safe at home. Living sustainably with...Read More

How to Have A Sustainable Halloween

In a 2020 survey conducted by Hubbub and The Fairy Land Trust, it was estimated that 2000 tonnes of plastic waste would be generated from thrown away Halloween costumes alone. Trewin Restorick, founder and CEO of Hubbub, commented that, “the total plastic waste footprint of Halloween will be even higher once you take into account...Read More

Paper Bags – The Sustainable Choice

The way we shop has changed drastically in the last decade. These changes include what we buy and how we buy it. Online shopping has undoubtedly revolutionised our purchasing habits, however one of the most profound and prominent changes in shopping trends is the consumer’s newfound conscience for being environmentally friendly.

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High tech, high footprint

One of the biggest media myths is that digital communications has a small carbon footprint. We examine the true environmental cost of technology.

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The sustainable nature of paper

Paper is a unique and versatile product that we use frequently in our everyday lives. It is hard to imagine going a day without encountering at least one paper product – whether it be in the mail delivered to you each morning or the toilet paper in your bathroom. Paper is everywhere.

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How much does the public really know about packaging and sustainability?

The range of recycling symbols and confusion over what can and can’t be recycled is contributing to the British public’s concerns about packaging. But with paper and cardboard, there’s no confusion – just basic common sense. When it comes to recycling, there’s little doubt that the British public have a great deal of concern about single-use…

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