Sustainable Packaging


What is Environmentally Friendly Packaging?

Otherwise known as Eco-Friendly Packaging or more recently Sustainable Packaging, this is packaging that is safe for humans and the environment.

How does packaging earn the coveted title of Eco-Friendly?

The lifespan of packaging is so much more than its final destination, so, to be truly environmentally savvy, the production of Eco-Packaging starts with raw materials, taking in the manufacturing process, its purpose and whether it can be recycled, reused or biodegradable.
In truth, the whole supply chain needs to be examined and understood to be considered as Eco-Friendly.

Sustainable Packaging

In essence, sustainable packaging is where the packaging produced is sourced responsibly, so even the ink, adhesives and coatings on the packaging should be considered throughout the lifecycle of the packaging. All end-of-life scenarios should be considered, and the appropriateness of the
packaging designed to facilitate maximum recovery.

Sustainability in packaging is not just what we do here and now, it has far-reaching effects and what it means for future generations.

Allpack has been championing sustainable packaging products and processes for many years, investing in industry-recognised accreditations, that has positioned us as a leading sustainable packaging provider. 

Allpack's Sustainable Brands



allpack sustainability certified stamp Green


Vegan Full colour


30 percent recycled content


Here are some biodegradable rates (marine environment): 

Paper Towel 2-4 weeks
Cardboard Box 2 months
Wax Coated Carton 3 months
Plastic Bags 10-20 years
Plastic Bottles 100 years

Typically biodegradable materials are: cotton, wool,  wood, paper, and cardboard.


In packaging terms, biodegradable links to the materials being used in packaging and whether it can be effectively broken down in the environment without causing harm. Plastic is not biodegradable and will remain in our environment for years, as microplastics, hidden in our food chain. Thus,
companies are reverting to more traditional
materials, or innovating new materials, that
breakdown naturally, but don’t compromise on performance and quality.

The rate of biodegradation is based on light, water and oxygen, so where a product may test in laboratory conditions as biodegradable, real-life may in fact prove problematic, as landfill conditions are not always rich in the elements required.

Our Sustainable Products




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100% RECYCLABLE                                        HIGH QUALITY KRAFT EXTERIOR

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Pulp Fitments
Pulp Fitments

Manufactured from 100% recycled materials and is fully recyclable. Designed to fit securely within our outer box range,  made with FSC® certified board. The eco-friendly solution for tinned liquid transportation.

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Our postal boxes and bookwraps are made from recyclable cardboard and require no tape to secure. Talk to us about bespoke sizes, if you require specific dimensions, or artwork adding.


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HexcelWrap™ is an eco-friendly, sustainable alternative to bubble wrap. Made from paper, Hexcel’s unique interlocking design means there’s no need for any adhesive tape and your products stay secure and helps to reduce damage during transit.

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AirWave™, the eco-friendly alternative to plastic air pillows. With its on demand packaging capabilities you only produce what is needed, meaning a reduction in packaging waste. Made from recycled paper and compostable film. 100% Bio-degradable and compostable.

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Loose Voidfill

biofil™ is a 100% natural loose fill that's both high-performance and biodegradable, serving to protect your products without harming the environment. The fill's low static properties make it the ideal choice for use with sensitive electronic products, as it retains all the performance benefits of regular polystyrene fill.


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Paper Voidfill
Paper Voidfill

Increasingly paper voidfill is becoming recognised as a sustainable replacement for plastic air pillow voidfill, as a variety of paper ply choices can be selected, depending on your requirements. Recyclable or reusable; this alternative to plastic air pillows offers both performance and value for money, as the paper voidfill creates a ‘block-and-brace’ arrangement, to keep your contents safe and secure in transit. 

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Parcel Tape
Plastic Parcel Tape

Even though plastic tapes don’t get the best reputation of sustainability, PETraTape™ is manufactured with at least 85% recycled plastic drinks bottles. It is 20% lighter weight than PP tape, in addition to being Plastic Tax Compliant.




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Paper Parcel Tape
Paper Parcel Tape

Boxbond™ is a strong paper tape, available in water activated gum, or self-adhesive backed, that is kind to the environment and versatile in its use. It’s made from Kraft Paper, which is biodegradable, compostable and recyclable (up to 7 times). Like most tapes, you can extend your branding into the warehouse, with a logo or image. A recyclable, eco-friendly alternative to polypropylene tape.

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Paper Strapping
Paper Strapping

Ecostrap™ has a breaking strain of 55kg, meaning this strapping is tough enough to cope with most parcel strapping applications and can be easily recycled in the same way as your card and paper. Easily foldable, resulting in it being much simpler to condense and dispose of.




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Paper Wrapping
Paper Pallet Wrap

Vortex™ Paper Stretch Wrap, is the first manual stretch wrap made of paper - sourced from responsibly managed forests. The paper stretch wrap is flexible, stretchable and provides a good level of pallet security. It’s made from fully recyclable Kraft Paper with a 30% stretch capacity.




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Recycling is not exclusive to plastics. There are several materials that should not be dismissed. These items can be collected in the UK via your recycling bin. The trend in recycling has taken a turn, with most households actively recycling packaging. However, it is not always clear if it can be recycled. There are seven recycling codes for plastics, which remain dependent on local authorities to sort and recycle correctly.

Code Material Recyclability
1 PET or PETE (clear plastic bottles / fruit
Most widely recycled by UK councils, turned
into fleece, strapping and carpets.
2 HDPE (milk bottles, shampoo bottles, cleaning
Widely recycled by UK councils. Technology
means they can be recycled into milk bottles.
4 LDPE (Bread bags, bubble wrap, carrier bags,
squeezable bottles)
Can be recycled by UK councils, turned into
bin liners.
5 PP (Packing tape, plastic straws, take-away
tubs, plastic picnic ware
Can be recycled by UK councils, turned into
brooms, bushes, garden rakes and plastic trays.
3, 6 & 7 PVC/PS/Other Not generally recycled in the UK, although
category & (other) some items can now be
recycled at various local supermarkets.


Recyclable Material Factsheet:


A Greener Future for our Customers

We employ a circular economy, emphasising the use of product recycling and waste.



Like any business we have partnership agreements with companies external to our profession. We do this so we can bring our clients the very best innovations and products on the market and keep up-to-date with industry trends. We find that partnering with other organisations keeps us at the forefront of the packaging sector and enables us to improve our practices.

Supply Chain

It is our aim to source local suppliers that are using environmentally friendly materials, as much as possible and in doing so we reduce our own carbon footprint. When selling these products to businesses across the UK, it is hoped that consumer demand has been met and these greener products are being recycled.


By adopting a circular mindset, we hope to generate more innovations that are circular in nature. This change should filter from the top tiers of our business down to employees operating face-to-face with our clients. Through their commitment to the circular economy, we encourage and guide clients to achieve greener credentials without a negative impact on their business.


Innovative materials are being developed each week and it now lies with us to assess which materials can be adopted for the packaging industry. With bespoke designs, comes unique materials that are fit for purpose and can be reused or recycled. With our shelf ready stock, we provide a range of alternative products that can be easily recycled too.


How long does it take for products to biodegrade?

European standards suggest that for anything to be biodegradable, 90% of it must break down into 2mm pieces within 6 months.

Which has a better carbon footprint: Plastic or Paper?

Paper bags take four times more energy to manufacture than a plastic bag, however, they are made from renewable materials, can be recycled and are generally disposed of in the environment correctly. The durable nature of plastic means that it does not breakdown in the environment and is ending up in the oceans and landfill.

What are the properties of paper tape?

Both our gummed and adhesive backed paper tape are made from 100% renewable Kraft Paper. It is also biodegradable, compostable and can be recycled up to seven times.

Would paper products cause deforestation?

Paper production is not responsible for deforestation, as rain forest trees are typically hardwood and slow growing. Softwood timber is fast growing, but the paper industry generally uses offcuts and trimmings used in the manufacture of furniture and timber production. The unwanted wood is transformed into wood chips and then used as pulp, for paper production.

Where can I buy biodegradable bubble wrap?

We offer biodegradable bubble wrap, but we also sell some very effective eco-friendly protection, such as Globular Embossed Paper.

Does paper tape work the same as plastic tape?

Yes, it does. The tape actually works better acting as a tamper proof seal for cartons and can also remain on cardboard boxes for recycling purposes.

Are your boxes made from recycled material?

Yes, our production  uses FSC® certified board, made using up to 100% recycled paper, which has been sustainably sourced.