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Posted by: In: News 06 Mar 2019 0 comments Tags:

At WOLDPAC we support informed debate on these important issues that effect on us all.

This article was published by Barry Twigg at National Flexible

The pace of change in the food packaging industry is truly remarkable. Whilst we may have our own views on the content of Blue Planet II and its tenuous relevance to the UK it has undoubted driven a change in thinking on a truly awesome scale.

This change was particularly evident at last week’s Packaging Innovations exhibition at the NEC. The scale and versatility of our industry was there for all to see. However, a myriad of exhibitors promoted their products on environmental criteria. Buzz words were ecological, sustainable, recyclable, biodegradable, compostable, life cycle assessments, CO₂ emissions, Circular Economy, Closed Loop and carbon footprints were freely discussed with virtually everyone wanting to make their contribution to ‘saving the environment’.

Which made me wonder, what has happened to our sense of perspective? In the past we have considered the prime requirement of food packaging was to protect the pack contents to ensure they were preserved and presented in pristine conditions and we choose the best and most economical materials to ensure that happened. Now we have Asda using glass for bottles, Morrisons bringing back paper bags, Waitrose using compostables for bananas and the Co-op using similar materials to replace plastic bags.
These are all highly reputable companies responding to the current public preoccupation with the current anti plastic paranoia. However, anyone with a modicum of knowledge about the adverse effect of the environment should these alternative materials be widely adopted must conclude this is simply the wrong way to go.

Universal adoption of these alternative materials would mean that we would need tens of thousands of acres to grow the base materials for compostables and biodegradables in addition millions of gallons of water would be needed to facilitate their growth and the additional CO₂ emissions in their manufacturing, transport and disposal simply adds to global warming.

The Institute of Chemical Sciences has recently produced a paper which concludes that replacing current plastic applications with current alternative materials would result in a doubling of energy consumption allied to a tripling of greenhouse gas emissions.
It is for these reasons the National Flexible stand at the NEC focused solely on ‘the Future of Flexible Packaging’ courtesy of the ‘Academy’. This is a 2-2½ hour presentation of the facts regarding plastic packaging.

It considers, in detail, the options currently available to reduce the use of plastic in food packaging and those materials currently in the process of development which will further alleviate the problems not only of mixed polymers and recycling, but also the ‘Closed Loop’ recovery process that should satisfy the current critics of plastic in packaging.

This presentation has been delivered to over 40 of the UKs leading food manufacturers with over 200 delegates taking part. It will undoubtedly be of interest to any major food manufacturer or retailer who wishes to develop a medium to long-term food packaging strategy which is environmentally and economically viable.

The ‘Academy’ is presented at the participating company’s site, you do not need to be a customer to participate. This is not a National Flexible sales pitch, our aim is simply to build a consensus for a way forward which is practically environmentally equitable.

We welcome your thoughts and debate.

Posted by: In: News 07 Feb 2019 0 comments

Adding to its extensive range of packaging and supplies Woldplac introduces a line of Sugar-Cane based Carrier Bags.

This Carrier bag is made from sugar- cane based polythene and has been awarded PAS2050 certification by the Carbon Trust and is classified as paper for the packaging waste regulations. This is the first polythene product in the UK to be officially carbon negative

Key benefits include:

  • 100% Recyclable
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Organic Polymer 96% Less CO2
  • From Photosynthesis
  • Reduce costs on Packaging & Waste Tax
  • Bio-based, Carbon Negative

Order your bags today.

plastic bag

Posted by: In: News 14 Feb 2018 0 comments

A number of our customer provide feedback on our service and quality.

One such customer in the US recently completed a supplier quality audit and WoldPac scored a very reasonable 20 out of 20. That’s a big Texan high-five.

If you would like to know how we did it or how we can help you with your packaging and shipping contact Paul today.

PDF version – WOLDPAC 12-17

Posted by: In: News 16 May 2017 0 comments

Adding to its extensive range of packaging and supplies Woldplac introduces Recycling Sacks.

Clear waste bags to easily identify the contents. Useful for security to ensure only the correct items are put in the sack.

Coloured Waste bags to allow easy segregation of waste for recycling, helping to minimise cross contamination.

Our medium duty clear and coloured sacks are made from 100% recycled polythene.

heavy waste bags

The lines include:

Specialist bags for recycled and hazardous materials. Including extra thick asbestos and clinical waste sacks pre-printed with the required statutory information. Budding gardeners will like our green recycling sacks and wheelie bin liners, while our heavy duty rubble sacks are ideal for building site waste.

The best range of rubble sacks in the UK. Our selection of builders sacks are the ultimate in toughness. Designed for heavy-duty contents and building site waste including rubble, bricks and aggregate, these extremely ‘hardcore’ bags will be up to the job! Available in a range of thicknesses with a range of prices to suit any budget.

Printed Refuse Recycling Sacks. Coloured printed refuse sacks to help easily sort waste and rubbish for recycling. Specific printed bags for aluminium, glass, paper, food and plastic recycling.

Posted by: In: News 12 Jan 2017 0 comments

Introducing new lines of high quality cardboard boxes for enhancing the image of any product.

Now available:

Presentation/Gift Boxes

Carton Board Boxes

Corrugated Board Boxes

Gift Boxes

High quality boxes, made to measure, for your presentations, award ceremonies and special gifts.

Made from up to 90% recycled board. We supply any quantity of specially made boxes to your own custom size, in a large variety of colours. Boxes can have hinged or lift off lids, satin lining, platforms and can even be covered in your own printed papers.


Flat folding cartons are produced in 350-600 micron (brown or white) board. Minimum order quantities are:

  • 1000 for plain boxes
  • 3000 for printed boxes

Tooling charges will apply on the first order with pricing subject to the size of the carton.


Corrugated boxes are available in white or brown. They feature standard flap closures, self-locking lids or separate lift off lids.

We can custom make most styles, minimum order quantities are dependant on the box size. A standard 4 flap closure (0201) style box does not require tooling, however tooling charges apply to most other styles.

One or two colour simple print is available for orders in excess of 3000 boxes. Printing plate fees will apply subject to sight of artwork.