Leamington Spa based corrugated packaging manufacturer, The Box Factory, have invested in a new purpose built Design Centre to encourage a creative and sustainable approach to packaging.
The challenge to minimise the impact we have on the world around us is growing by the day. It affects every one of us and is an issue that commands attention across the globe. World leaders are coming under more and more pressure and people such as Greta Thunberg show that individuals really can make a difference on this global issue.
The challenges are being tackled in no small way by the packaging industry. Consumers are increasingly asking questions of the retailers and manufacturers they buy from and the corrugated packaging industry is in a naturally strong position to help provide the answers. Thanks to modern manufacturing processes corrugated packaging can be produced using 100% recycled material and is 100% recyclable. There is a well-established infrastructure for the recycling of paper based packaging which allows for recycled corrugated boxes to be processed and turned in to new boxes within two weeks.
Against the backdrop of environmental pressure there is also an ever-increasing pressure on businesses to operate in a cost-effective way to provide best value. These pressures do not have to be at odds with each other, innovative and pragmatic design can provide the answers. The Box Factory currently have 3 full time designers who have a clear brief for every project: Create a bespoke design that performs as well or better, is cost effective, easy to use and better for the environment. When they achieve this there is a ‘win win’ situation with companies often reducing costs.
The design team have now moved into a new design centre which houses a recently acquired DYSS X5 CAD Table from AG/CAD and has been built to provide a calm and creative environment. The highly experienced team look at projects from different perspectives. Use of the correct materials and ensuring best use of this material is as important as the design, shipping unnecessary fresh air increases the cost of logistics as well as the carbon footprint. As corrugated packaging is shipped ‘flat packed’ it often takes up significantly less warehouse space and is more efficiently delivered, meaning that it has an impact even before it has been used. Typically, this process works best where volumes are high, meaning that a bespoke design, once implemented, makes a significant impact.
Jamie Wicks, Sales and Marketing Director, says “Our certification to FSC, sourcing from sustainably managed Leamington Spa based corrugated packaging manufacturer, The Box Factory, have invested in a new purpose built Design Centre to encourage a creative and sustainable approach to packaging. Greta Thunberg – Environmental Activist forests, recycling waste materials and planting trees to offset carbon emissions are a few of the practical steps we have taken to help, but there is much more that we can do…
A drive to move away from single use plastics and polystyrene is pushing all industries to engage with the supply chain to seek out new solutions. The new design centre is already at work on projects to help replace many hundreds of thousands of single use plastic items from entering the supply chain.
During the planning of the new design facility, future requirements were discussed and taken into consideration. As creative, intelligent design will continue to play a crucial role at The Box Factory, the space is easily adaptable to cope with two additional designers. This certainly future proofs this part of the business and shows commitment to our industry and customers alike.”
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