Designing for Sustainability


Corporate responsibility and sustainability of packaging is core to our business. 

With plastics demand expected to double in the next 20 years Charpak is committed to delivering a SMART realistic, co-ordinated and collaborative sustainable solution for our clients.

All materials Charpak use are produced from either a recycled grade plastic, or are fully re-usable or recyclable.

We mark all manufactured products with the correct recycle / material code to aid the recycling process.

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The Charpak Ethos

  • Charpak recommends recycled plastic first time, every time* (*where end use allows)
  • Charpak encourages packaging reduction with all clients.  Packaging reduction is positive for the environment and our business.
  • Charpak is committed to protecting the environment, minimising use of fossil fuels and protecting natural raw material resources.
  • Charpak maximises every use of recycled and recyclable material to be more sustainable for the environment and minimising the Company’s carbon footprint.
  • Charpak is committed to this, demonstrated by 75% of Charpak’s materials are UK sourced*. [* Source: Charpak Raw Materials: Jan-Dec 2017]
  • Recyclate in single use plastics is generally sourced from plastic bottle scrap.
  • Charpak manufactures single use plastics, of which 99.88% contain recyclate and are widely recycled.


Designing for the Environment

  • Charpak is 100% committed to plastics recycling and reuse.  Charpak design products for maximum recyclability.
  • End of life considerations during the design and production process include closed loop recycling or secondary home use.
  • All skeletal waste is granulated, or baled, for recycling and reuse. Charpak is committed to closed loop plastics use.
  • For over 10 years Charpak has been working with DEFRA, the Government and Trade Bodies.
  • Charpak’s target is zero waste to landfill with current operations at 95% recyclability. Internal policies ensure all internal waste is segregated to maximise waste recycling of the company’s internal waste.  
  • Electricity:  Charpak uses modern state-of-the-art energy efficient machines, which are also downpowered when not in use.  Charpak is committed to environmentally friendly business practices to minimise environmental impact.
  • Water: The cooling water system for manufacturing all operate within a closed loop system.  This ensures minimum water usage with reuse, saving natural resources.
  • Carton board / Packing Boxes: Packaging is supplied to customers in FSC® Certified Packaging approved cardboard outer boxes.  71% of the box is made from recycled content.  
  • Storage and distribution pallets are 100% recycled. Any pallets unfit for use are sent to a third party for reuse.  Uses include being shredded for playgrounds, chipped or sawdust for animal bedding.

The Charpak vision is to install solar panels to generate and store power, and use the power to minimise power drawn from the grid.

Charpak are committed to stringent environmental standards - with suppliers required to be BRC, ISO and FSC approved to improve environmental, and ethical standards.

Find out more about the materials Charpak use in manufacturing products for our clients.