Throughout the last year, we have all experienced changes to our daily lives, from working at home to becoming more hygiene conscious, everyone has been considering the environments they spend time in.
This has forced consumers and businesses alike to look at the products they are using, triggering a shift in focus towards sustainability and environmental impact. Increasingly, there is more pressure for businesses to have strong ethical values, something that our Switch team has always believed to be essential, both personally and professionally.
Businesses are now expected to make commitments to achieving sustainability and are also required to provide measurable improvements on single-use plastics, waste management and recyclable materials. Failing to make such changes ultimately has a negative impact on a business’s brand image as well as the planet.
Not only are sustainable alternatives becoming a social requirement, but soon may also be the more economic option with the new Plastic Packaging Tax coming into place in April 2022. This policy aims to increase levels of recycling and reduce the amount of plastic waste being sent to landfills by providing an economic incentive for businesses to use recycled or plastic free materials. The impact of this tax will affect a range of sectors and individuals, from consumers who buy goods in plastic packaging to manufacturers of plastic packaging in the UK.
That said, recently consumer buying habits have changed drastically without an economic incentive, with reports highlighting that 70% of consumers have changed their shopping habits as a result of concerns overpackaging and 60% have actively sought out products with less packaging (Two Sides, 2020). Overall, this means that businesses will have to proactively embrace sustainable alternatives as regulatory requirements and consumer demands multiply.
Now, more than ever before, we are seeing consumers demand transparency around environmental footprints and a more eco-conscious initiative from companies. Many consumers are actively avoiding plastic wherever possible, forcing the fast-moving consumer goods industry to focus on high recyclability and sustainable content. Whilst some businesses may be cautious of cost per unit of sustainable materials compared to plastic, we are passionate in our belief that the overall cost to the planet and future generations is far more detrimental.
With this in mind, it is also important to acknowledge how Switch as a company holds ourselves accountable in relation to sustainability. Not only is our service and delivery completely sustainable, but we also ensure our business operates with an eco-conscious initiative. Our environmental considerations span every element of our passion, focus and output, from partnering with manufacturers who are environmentally accredited to regularly reviewing our internal sustainable processes, we really do practice what we preach. To find out more about us as a sustainable company here.
If you are thinking about switching to sustainable packaging, please give us a call or email us below with your enquiry, we’d love to help! Alternatively, if you would like to continue this conversation, feel free to drop Rob a message.
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