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Hygiene

Over 90% of our product is supplied into the Food Industry. We have an in-depth understanding of the demands of food processors, are able to meet changing legislation and are proud to say that we have a great reputation with packers of food nationally.

BRC accredited

Ultimate Packaging were one of the first packaging businesses to gain certification to the BRC Packaging Standard, achieved immediately after the standard was launched.

As a business we are proud to say that we consistently go beyond the requirements of the BRC Packaging Standard and exceed customer expectations.

Focused on continuous improvement across the business, we work with our operators to raise awareness of the requirements of the food industry to maintain the highest standard standards possible.

We are fully accredited to produce food contact packaging. Our technical department includes team members dedicated to ensuring that our products are produced safely and to the highest quality. The team carries out complex testing procedures, including aromatic amines analysis on laminated product and migration testing of different substrates.

Consumer safety is our top priority.

As active members of BPF (British Plastics Federation) which enable us to keep abreast of new legislative requirements.

Environment

Our objective is to protect the environment and to consistently improve our performance regarding emissions into the air, water and soil.

  • ISO 14001 certified
  • Regulated by A2 permit – we keep our emissions significantly below emission limits set by local authorities. We are classed as a low risk business due to the improvements and controls we have developed and implemented.
  • The Distillation Unit is a system designed to recover contaminated solvents and inks which helps to reduce the need for virgin solvents and the volume of waste incurred from cleaning.  The cleaned solvent is as effective as new solvent and is therefore re-introduced into the solvent circuit to use to wash out print stations when changing colours, aniloxes and doctor blades. We also dispense the solvent for cleaning other areas on the shop floor but it is not used for the printing process as we make food packaging.
  • We recycle solvents from waste ink.  As a result of solvent recovery virgin solvents are now only used for printing purposes and on the laminatorc for solvent-based lamination. We recycle approximately 48,000 litres per month, giving us an average solvent recovery of 92%.
  • The Oxidiser measures the captured, treated VOC emissions from our flexographic presses. The emissions are treated by regenerated thermal oxidisation, enable us to achieve emissions well below the limits set out in our A2 permit.

Other projects geared towards reducing our environmental impact include

  • 200 photovoltaic solar panels on the factory roof to increase the use of green technology by the company and to further improve our carbon footprint. In the height of Summer this can produce 50Kw of free energy and can save us 44337 Kwh of electricity per year.
  • Energy efficient hand dryers at all wash stations to reduce landfill of paper towels.
  • Installing voltage optimisation technology to reduce electrical energy consumption reducing voltage by 8% from 237v to 219v.  This has saved 530,000Kwh per year.
  • Using waste heat to warm areas of production.
  • Using heat from the abatement plant to warm thermal oil for presses.
  • Investment in new printing technology – for improved energy efficiency.
  • Segregating waste at source to optimise recycling.
  • Introducing lighting polices throughout the site.
  • Improved transport/warehousing systems – including storing product on site in order to reduce the number of pallet movements and transport.

We are proud to announce that we are members of the Plastic Industry Recycling Action Plan (PIRAP). PIRAP is a whole value chain approach being implemented by the British Plastics Federation, Plastics Europe and supported by WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Plan). The aim is to help meet the 57% recycling plastic target by 2020. As a company we are passionate about improving the environment through finding new innovative ways to reduce waste, extend shelf life and improve sustainability. With our onsite technical lab this allows us to invest in the future of packaging; allowing research to discover ways to improve the recycling of plastic and deliver new innovative packaging.

Legislative interventions relating to plastic packaging

The recent 25 Year Environment Plan set out the government’s intention to achieve zero avoidable plastic waste by 2042 and a series of measures to improve quality of material collected and recycled. It also promoted measures to support more effective anti-littering campaigns.

The EU also published its Plastics Strategy with an intention to achieve a recycling rate for plastics of 55% by 2030 and a series of measures to encourage best practice in reuse and recycling, together with measures aimed at improving waste infrastructure to prevent the leakage of materials into the oceans.

The following information aims to provide guidance on how these objectives could potentially be achieved and also why the packaging of goods is beneficial.

To stop plastic leaking into oceans we must understand where it comes from and which items are the largest contributors.

Where does plastic in the ocean come from? Most comes from land, mainly from countries outside the US and Europe where many people do not have kerbside collection and instead rely on open dumpsites near waterways. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t issues to address here in the UK.

What does the UK contribute to plastic in the ocean? Litter from items consumed outside the home – this can fall into drains or waterway or be littered on beaches. Abandoned fishing gear and items thoughtlessly flushed down the toilet (e.g. cotton buds).

ITEMS FOUND ON BEACHES ITEMS FOUND UNDERWATER
Technical Report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. Marine Beach Litter in Europe.2016 Project Aware – Dive Against Debris. Annual Review 2016.
Nets + ropes

Plastic caps and lids

Cigarette butts

Crisp and sweet wrappers

Lolly sticks

String and cord < 1 cm diameter

Cotton bud sticks

Plastic drink bottles

Plastic food containers

Fishing line

Plastic fragments

Fishing sinkers, lures, hooks

Plastic food wrappers

Beverage cans (aluminium)

Beverage bottles (glass)

Glass & ceramic fragments

Plastic bags (grocery/retail)

Plastic spoons, plates, forks, knives 

What is the plastics industry doing to help stop plastic entering our oceans? Education programmes, phasing out microbeads, preventing raw material loss, innovative campaigns on littering and sharing of best practice.

Why use packaging?

To save resources, such as food and product waste that occurs on the way to the store and while on display. Packaging typically reduces supermarket food and product waste by about one third.

Packaging lets us consume products in ways that would be very difficult, if not impossible without it.

Packaging: Protects vulnerable products from damage whilst in transit and from contamination or damage by moisture, humidity, gases, microorganisms, insects and light.

Packaging: Preserves products for longer, which reduces waste by giving people more time to use or consume them before it is no longer suitable to do so.

Packaging: Prevents waste by keeping a product together and avoiding spillages.

Packaging: Allows transport over great distances, so that we have access to a wide variety of non-local produce that, in turn, encourages trade.

Packaging: Saves space through stacking objects which make transporting more efficient.

Packaging: Displays important information about the product, such as nutritional content or allergy advice, which makes selling easier.

Why plastic? It’s light and can provide unique benefits (e.g. packaging fresh produce). You can use less plastic than other materials to do the same job. Producing plastic uses half as much energy and results in much less carbon being emitted than alternatives.

Why isn’t all plastic biodegradable? Products that are easily recyclable should be recycled to enable the reuse of the material. Some items such as small items and those heavily contaminated with food may be suitable for composting. However, we need to make sure they don’t get into the recycling stream (where they can cause issues) and are collected for special treatment (industrial composting).  Most materials only biodegrade in special conditions (which are not met on the street, in the ocean or in landfill) so they should never be littered.

Isn’t plastic difficult to recycle? No – 74% of plastic beverage bottles are recycled. The UK recovers 80% of all plastic packaging. The UK is also the 7th best recycler of plastic packaging waste in Europe (out of 30 countries).

What about black and coloured plastic? Currently, waste management companies have difficulties separating black trays, but once separated they can be recycled. New smart detection systems can solve this problem. Some black trays already contain 98% recycled content.

Can films be recycled? Yes and 17 member states in Europe already collect all plastics packaging from households. The UK should follow their lead.

What do we think is the way forward for plastic packaging?

In the UK, we believe we should expand kerbside collection, improve collection outside of the home, provide clear communications on recycling and implement strong anti-litter campaigns.

We should strive to ensure the design and materials / material structures specified at the initial design stage of the packaging facilitate recycling if deemed to be the most appropriate course of action at end of life stage.

If we merely stop using plastics altogether we are likely to consume more overall resources and have no less litter. Instead, we should continue to strive to find the most effective materials (which may not always be plastics) and environmentally friendly design structures with the best overall environmental outcomes to package our goods.

At Ultimate we are committed to developing new innovative packaging, focusing on sustainability, extending shelf life and reducing waste. It is very important to us to protect the environment and consistently improve our performance.  We work with a diverse selection of innovative specialist raw material suppliers from all over the world. Additionally we have a dedicated team of technical specialists in polymers and packaging technology backed up with state of the art laboratory equipment and facilities to ensure to get the right solution for both our customers and specifiers.

Ultimate Packaging are committed to playing our part in addressing the major challenge of plastics in the environment and protecting our planet for the future. We commit to work closely with our customers, specifiers and suppliers to meet the targets set out in the 25 year Environment plan and to develop all our packaging to be recyclable or reusable within the next 5 years.

Quality

Our objective is to employ a process approach to enable consistency and efficiency which will in turn ensure our products continue to exceed the expectations of our stakeholders and comply with all applicable quality and safety legislation.

  • We are ISO 9001 certified.
  • We use an integrated QMS to ensure continuity of high standards in all areas.
  • We have good supplier relationships and have helped a number of suppliers achieve BRC/IoP certification.
  • We have comprehensive disaster recovery and business continuity procedures.

Ethical Trading

The complete Ultimate Packaging business considers Health and Safety as equal in importance as any other function of the company and its business objectives.

  • We strongly promote the ethos that safety is the responsibility of everyone within the organisation and is not just a function of the Managers and have established a no blame culture to encourage everyone to report problems and make suggestions for improvement.
  • Members of SEDEX – follow the ethical trading initiative.
  • Audited and approved against SEDEX/SMETA Standards.

Introduction

This statement is made by Ultimate Packaging Ltd. It is a statement made in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and covers the period from November 2018 to October 2019.

Ultimate Packaging is a company which strives to do things in the right way and as a business we recognise our responsibility to be aware of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking within our own organisation and supply chain.

2. Background

Our manufacturing processes and offices are based in Grimsby, UK. We employ approx. 250 staff members, undertaking a range of roles including, sales, manufacturing, finance, IT, HR, Engineering, warehousing and logistics. We supply to, and buy from, mainly the UK and mainland Europe.

We do not use any temporary agency labour on site.  Our recruitment process includes using reputable recruitment agencies.  We may outsource certain services where specific expertise may be required and a number of non-key activities, such as engineer support, site maintenance and logistics.

We have carried out a review of our direct supply chain and have concluded that the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking are low. However, we acknowledge that we must remain vigilant to the risks and ensure that our vendors understand and play their part in ensuring that modern slavery and human trafficking does not take place in our organisation or supply chains.

3. Relevant Policies

To further our commitment to combating slavery and trafficking, we have policies in place, which set out our zero tolerance approach to modern slavery both within our own operations and our supply chain:

We have in place a Social Compliance Policy and Human rights and Ethical Trading Policy, which applies to all our operations and those in our supply chain which refers to our zero-tolerance stance on modern slavery.

We have procedures in place when engaging with new vendors, contractors and business partners to ensure that they are aware of and will adhere to our Social Compliance Policy and Human Rights and Ethical Trading Policy and to assess the likelihood of slavery or trafficking existing in those organisations and what measures are already in place to combat those risks.

We have reviewed our existing policies and are making amendments to recognise our obligations under the Act including our Whistleblowing Policy.

4. Risk assessment processes

We have considered the risk of modern slavery in our own operations and we have concluded that, on the basis that we are a UK employer subject to UK employment protections and practices and already have well developed checks and balances within our business, we have a low risk of modern slavery occurring in our own operations.

Our suppliers which fall into the following categories are strongly encouraged to commit and adhere to Ultimate Packaging standards, which include a requirement to abide by the Ethical Trading Initiative base code.

  • Substrates (e.g. films, paper)
  • Coatings (e.g. inks, solvents, adhesives)
  • Subcontractors

We are currently in the process of approving the following suppliers, with regards to Ethical Trading.

  • Consumables (e.g. boxes, pallets)
  • Suppliers of services associated with our product (e.g. hauliers, laundry supplier)
  • Contractors

We have considered the risk of modern slavery occurring in our use of employment agencies for permanent placements on site.  Given the organisations that we work with and the existing checks that we apply in these areas we have concluded that the risks of modern slavery are low in this area.

5. Due diligence processes

In order to prevent slavery and trafficking in our business and supply chains, we are taking steps to update and improve our supplier due diligence process.  This includes integrating and acting upon the findings of our risk assessment processes described above and taking action to embed zero tolerance of modern slavery and trafficking.

6. Training

To raise awareness of slavery and trafficking and of our policies and procedures we are developing an approach to training key staff members in this area.

7. Measuring effectiveness – performance indicators

In order to monitor the effectiveness of the steps we have taken and are intending to take to stop slavery and trafficking taking place in our business and supply chains, we intend to use the following performance indicators for the year ahead:

  • We intend that key members of staff will receive relevant training, as referenced above.
  • We will display Stronger Together and Ethical Trading Posters to our employees and include Ethical Trading information within the induction process for all new starters.
  • Where we assess that there may be a heightened risk of slavery and trafficking within other organisations, we will take appropriate measures to encourage and persuade them to adopt their own measures to minimise the risks of slavery and trafficking within their own organisations and the supply chain beyond.

As referenced in this statement, we will monitor the need for further action to be taken and other key performance indicators to be implemented as we continue our risk assessment and due diligence activities and get responses from our key suppliers.

This statement has been approved by the Managing Director, who will review and update it annually.

Signed on behalf of Ultimate Packaging Ltd.

Jeremy Hodson

Managing Director

Date:  1 November 2018

Sustainable Films

In relation to our previous statement, and with regards to the recent communications and legislative interventions relating to plastic, Ultimate Packaging Ltd have created an easy break down table to show alternatives to current materials supplied to our customers.

As part of the EU ‘plastics strategy’ to increase the recycling rate of plastics, and to help achieve this we can offer you great alternatives to suit your company needs. The alternatives we can offer are compostable, and more widely recyclable options, that will be suitable to replace current materials used.

Even though a lot of our current material is recyclable, we have included great alternatives which will allow for more widely recyclable and compostable packaging in the UK to be used.

Options also are available to reduce the amount of plastic material consumed with options to down-gauge, and simplify existing specifications.

Often the purest solution offers the most sustainable option, further details can be found in the below table:

3 Simple Steps

The complete packaging supply chain is under pressure to reduce the impact of packaging manufacture and waste on the environment. Ultimate Packaging will make a difference and continue to develop more packaging solutions that respond to the need for a sustainable future.

Raise

Raise the level of green resources used in the production of flexible packaging

Reduce

Reduce the level of waste produced throughout the chain of manufacture

Reduce

Reduce the amount of materials used to produce flexible packaging

Life Cycle Analysis

Many business associations and companies in industry already use the life-cycle approach in the framework of sustainability. LCAs have been used increasingly by industry to help reduce the overall environmental burdens across the whole life cycle of goods and services. LCA is also used to improve the competitiveness of the company’s products and in communication with governmental bodies.

LCA is used in decision making as a tool to improve product design, for example the choice of materials, the selection of technologies, specific design criteria and when considering recycling. LCA allows benchmarking of product system options and can therefore also be used in decision making of purchasing and technology investments, innovation systems, etc. The benefit of LCA is that it provides a single tool that is able to provide insights into upstream and downstream trade-offs associated with environmental pressures, human health, and the consumption of resources. These macro-scale   insights compliment other social, economic, and environmental assessments.

The public sector equally makes use of life cycle thinking in stakeholder consultations and in policy implementation. This ensures that the big picture is taken into account in policy-orientated environmental assessments, considering upstream and downstream trade-offs. LCA is a good tool for this and contributes to efficient product policy by providing additional valuable information on environmental performance of goods and services. LCA can contribute to the analysis of the environmental performance of production and consumption patterns on various levels.

Information from LCA can also support public policy making in eco-design criteria setting, such as contributing to performance targets within the Environmental Technology Action Plan (ETAP) and for energy-using products within the EuP Directive, in green public procurement (GPP), and in environmental product declarations (EPDs).

It has to be kept in mind that the use of LCA is merely a decision supporting tool, rather than a decision making tool, since it has a specific focus. It particularly tends to exclude economic and social impacts, as well as the consideration of more local environmental issues. It is therefore necessary to use it in conjunction with other tools to assist in identifying areas of   potential improvement.

Ultimate Packaging Ltd, Flexo Centre, Pegasus Way, Europarc, Grimsby, DN37 9TS, UK. Registered Number: 1625575

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