Knauf Begins Switching for More Sustainable Packaging

  • 27 Apr 2023

Marking another step towards achieving its sustainability goals, specifically a target of zero waste disposal by 2032, Knauf has changed the pallet hoods used on its laminated boards to use 30% more recycled content.  

The move to 30% in pallet hoods represents a real win at scale given the number of hoods in use. The 30% recycled content in pallet hoods used provides an environmentally friendly solution, whilst ensuring the robust strength of the plastic (which is also easier to recycle on site) without being detrimental to the customer.


Hannah Wrigley-Stevens, Buyer at Knauf, was enthusiastic about this change. She comments: “Moving to 30% recyclable content for our pallet hoods strikes the right balance between strength and sustainability.

“It also shows that we are serious about achieving our sustainability goals. This is something that we feel our customers will care deeply about, given that not only are the hoods made from recyclable content they are themselves recyclable and can be recycled in standard plastic recycling.

“We are currently in the process of updating our customers on these changes to ensure they are fully aware of the recyclable nature of the pallet hoods and why this matters. This includes updating our artwork to state this.”

Stretch wrap

Knauf aren’t just focusing on making their pallet hoods more sustainable and environmentally friendly. The company is trialling the use of 30% recyclable content in their stretch wrap.

Hannah adds: “We’re currently looking at making our stretch wrap more sustainable and recyclable. Now we are trialling the 30% model across all our products at both our sites at Sittingbourne and Immingham.

“We’ve seen some very positive developments during the trial periods in both areas. This includes a gram saving and a reduction in micron of plastic which means that the weight of the plastic has been reduced.”

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