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Ansell Lighting ditches plastic in favour of sustainable packaging

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Ansell Lighting has become the latest manufacturer to make the move to more sustainable packaging. The firm estimates that it will save the equivalent of more than five million plastic bags a year with its new packaging. 

Many companies are trying to be more responsible when it comes to their relationship with the environment, with Ansell enlisting the help of a group of environmental champions within the business that they call the ‘Green Team task force’. This task force was charged with overhauling the firm’s packaging to replace single-use plastics with sustainable materials. 

The advantage of the new packaging is that it’s fully recyclable. That’s because Ansell Lighting products will be packaged in unbleached fully recycled and recyclable brown cardboard, one of the most environmentally friendly packaging materials currently available.

Additionally, it managed to eradicate single-use plastic protective packaging by placing fixing kits in small paper bags, with biodegradable paper protecting the products.

The eco packaging has been introduced on products that are new to the S14 catalogue, launched in March, and it will be rolled out across Ansell’s entire range in 2021 and beyond.

Mark Abbott, Managing Director at Ansell Lighting said: “We’re committed to our sustainability goals and our new packaging will have a massive impact on our single plastic usage. Replacing the packaging on our downlights range alone means a saving of two million plastic bags per year.

“It will take a little time to migrate to responsible packaging across our entire product range but I’m delighted with the start we have made and we can’t wait to see the positive impact of the changes we’re making. An environmentally sustainable approach to business is essential to protect our planet for future generations.”

Ansell Lighting isn’t the first manufacturer in the industry to make the move to more sustainable packaging. Last month, Knightsbridge debuted 100% sustainable packaging for all of its products, while Signify is also phasing out all plastic packaging by the end of this year.

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