The public are responding to the recent highlights of plastic pollution and recognise paper and cardboard as the most environmentally-friendly packaging.

In recent times there has been much coverage regarding packaging and the environmental issue of plastic and plastic waste. In light of the stories, Two Sides UK (in conjunction with research agency Toluna) held a snap survey of 500 people across the UK, to find out what the public think about cardboard and paper packaging in general.

ONEPOST takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously, so it was encouraging to see that this nationally-representative survey illustrated that people do prefer more environmentally-friendly packaging.

  • 78% like paper and cardboard packaging because it is biodegradable
  • 73% believe paper and cardboard packaging makes good use of recycled materials
  • And 64% like paper and cardboard packaging because it is made from renewable wood fibre

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Commenting on these positive findings Martyn Eustace, managing director of Two Sides said: “In the current packaging climate, it is great to see paper and cardboard packaging recognised by consumers for its excellent environmental attributes”.

Unsurprisingly, especially in view of recent media coverage, the snap survey also revealed significant consumer concerns about packaging in general…

  • 85% of those surveyed believe that packaging is a source of litter
  • 84% believe that over-packaging is a problem
  • And 71% believe packaging is bad for the environment
  • Coffee cups, plastic bottles, chocolate bar wrappers, crisp packets and take-away packaging were all perceived to be the most significant causes of litter.

Paper and cardboard packaging is durable, renewable and recyclable and will be an essential material as we move towards a regenerative, circular economy, as outlined in the UK Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan.


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