Industry News

Corrugated Packaging reduces Fast Food waste

"It’s a myth that reducing the packaging will automatically cut the amount of waste from fast food", says the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI). ​According to the CPI, "Companies in the Corrugated Industry have introduced a range of packaging solutions for hot food, specifically designed for takeaways, combining innovative design with fine fluting to make the product easier to handle and consume". 

The idea is underlined by CPI Director of Packaging Affairs, Andy Barnetson: “Corrugated packaging has superb environmental credentials, and this is being recognised by the fast food industry. “Not only does corrugated packaging protect products and prevent spills and leaks, its boxes are designed for heat retention for food on the go. The insulated fluting material keeping it fresher for longer therefore encouraging the consumer to eat all the contents", he adds.

The recyclability of paper packaging is well known – for instance McDonald’s Restaurants reported that during 2013 its eateries worldwide recycled 77% of its cardboard waste.

Read more here.

Proskills launches consultation on new Standards for Paper Manufacturing

Proskills has revised the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Paper Manufacturing and is now colletting users' opinions to determine whether they reflect current best practice. 

All the operators in the sector can join the consultation by downloading the following document or contacting [email protected] until 9:00am, Wednesday 5th August.

The Standards will be used in shaping qualifications, courses and other skills management tools for individuals, companies, trainers and educators.

Illegal logging is still a widespread plague, Clatham House reports

According to the latest Chatham House report, illegal logging still represents an actual threat for the global environment.

In 2013, the volume of illegal timber imports was estimated 60 million m3, almost the level of a decade ago, accounting for 10% of total timber trade. 

The report highlights the effort made by industrialised countries like the UK, France and the Netherlands to tackle uncontrolled deforestation, but at the same it claims how surging demand in China, India, South Korea and Vietnam is driving a resurgence in illicit logging. Just to give an idea, the volume of illegal timber shipped to China, India and Vietnam increased 50% between 2006 and 2013.

Regarding the producing countries, in DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) the level of illegal logging is estimated to be over 90%, in Papua New Guinea 70%, in Laos 80%.

ETTF releases Summer 2015 Newsletter

The European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF) has just released its Newsletter for Summer 2015. 

The publication includes an insight on the Global Timber Forum, that took place in June 2015, and an article about the Confederation of Timber Industries project.

Read the ETTF News online.

New ISO Standard will enable full traceability of wood products

As reported by Ligna website, ISO 38001, a new standard for tracing wood to sustainable sources, is now being developed and is expected to be published in May 2017.

This tool will enable full traceability and transparency of wood products helping to tackle deforestation and illegal logging. ISO 38001 will also enable organisations to reassure their customers, suppliers and stakeholders, that the wood they are using is sustainability sourced.

“The new standard will not only demonstrate that the raw material originates from well-managed forests, but that the final product can also be tracked through its various stages of production”, said Dr. Jorge E.R. Cajazeria, chair of the Committee developing the standard .“This can go towards encouraging the use of traceable wood and even preventing illegally sourced wood from getting into the supply chain”, he added.