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Do you know what your Extended Producer Responsibility obligations will be?

After much anticipation, the UK government has released its second consultation on a new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) system for packaging waste. This latest consultation represents a crucial opportunity for brand owners, manufacturers and stakeholders to shape a major overhaul in waste packaging legislation. Respondents have until June 4, 2021 to provide feedback to the…

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Will EPR reform stimulate innovation, or threaten its future?

By David Harding-Brown, CEO, ecoveritas The government’s consultation update on packaging waste has sent shockwaves through the packaging and branding communities. Launched on March 24, 2021, the consultation invites responses by June 4, by which time interested parties from across the spectrum of the packaging world have to figure out how they are going to…

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Seaspiracy

If you’ve logged into Netflix over the past month, chances are you’ve spotted Seaspiracy, a newly launched documentary that has been making waves with viewers. Directed by British filmmaker Ali Tabrizi, the documentary puts delicate ocean resources under the microscope. Seaspiracy will be of particular interest to brands and packaging producers due to its findings,…

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EPR reform: Why Brands Must Work Together To Ensure Innovation Remains At The Heart Of Packaging

Packaging data specialist, ecoveritas believes packaging design and innovation investment is now at risk due to the UK government’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) reforms. Should these proposed EPR reforms be implemented, ecoveritas CEO David Harding-Brown claims that the available budgets for developing effective, sustainable and minimal waste packaging may ‘simply evaporate’ before the revival period…

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3 sustainable alternatives to plastic packaging

By Cillian Crosson, Data Analyst at ecoveritas With the UK Plastic Packaging Tax set to be introduced in April 2022, many brands and retailers are reassessing their use of plastic packaging. In this article, we seek to investigate three common alternatives to plastic and determine how best, if at all, each can serve as a…

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A guide to the ecoVeritas UK Plastic Tax calculator

ecoVeritas has launched a free online tool for brands, retailers and their packaging supply partners to calculate future costs in preparation for the incoming UK Plastic Packaging Tax – set to be implemented on April 1, 2022. The easy-to-use calculator enables users to input information relating to the amount of plastic packaging manufactured, imported and…

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ecoVeritas launches online Plastic Packaging Tax calculator to support packaging industry

Packaging data specialist, ecoVeritas, has launched a free online tool for brands, retailers and their packaging supply partners to calculate their future costs in preparation for the incoming UK Plastic Packaging Tax. The ecoVeritas Plastic Packaging Tax calculator enables users to input information relating to the amount of plastic packaging they manufacture, import and export,…

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Is the UK plastic packaging tax good for business?

April 2022 is when the UK Plastic Packaging Tax comes into force, but will it be a good opportunity for businesses to improve economic circularity while reducing costs? As a leading packaging data specialist, ecoVeritas has analysed the business benefits with the potential drawbacks of the tax and advises companies to start reducing their liability…

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Know your EPR numbers: Why brands need to ensure the figures add up

Brand owners risk slowing the upward momentum of sustainability without the capacity to turn big data into meaningful action, according to ecoVeritas. David Harding-Brown, CEO of the packaging data specialist, believes there is a danger that brands’ efforts to reduce their environmental impact will be lost in ‘white noise’ as consumers become disconnected and apathetic…

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To recycle or not? Piecing together the packaging labelling puzzle

By Liath Campbell, ecoVeritas Consultant 1 Even with the best intentions for recycling household packaging, it can be difficult to know what can and cannot be recycled. Information about what to do with packaging post-use can be confusing, and inconsistent. This article considers some of the most common labels used on packaging to indicate how…

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