Sustainability - Our way

The sustainability targets of packaging users are ever more demanding.  DS Smith Packaging helps companies meet their ambitions, whether economic, social or environmental. 

Saving cash and carbon

Using systematic PackRight business tools, DS Smith Packaging works closely with customers, to attack unnecessary cost and carbon in the supply chain.  Corrugated packaging helps supply chains work, by design.  Typical results:

  • Reduction or elimination of product waste and damage: good packaging protects the cash and carbon invested in every product;
  • Reduced handling, fewer pallets and lorries off the road, as corrugated design delivers best use of space;
  • Less storage, warehousing and associated energy, for the same reason;

Outcomes can be startling – for example, over 50% of delivery journeys eliminated, or no need to make use of entire warehouses.

Performance packaging: no more fibre than necessary

Through its performance packaging programme, DS Smith Packaging focuses technologies in pack design, paper making and pack production, to offer the right corrugated pack, with no more fibre than necessary.

Using the PackRight business tools, DS Smith Packaging audits customer supply chains, to establish the full range of needs the pack must meet and the right pack characteristics.  Design tools then optimise fibre content for that pack, so that the fibre and resource specified is carefully managed. 

Through the combined operations of DS Smith Packaging, DS Smith Paper and DS Smith Recycling, the Group has leading expertise in every aspect of paper fibre.  That know how translates into high performance recycled packaging for customers, using no more material than necessary.

Box to Box: recycling and landfill prevention

The exceptionally effective recycling infrastructure for corrugated packaging enables users to feel confident that their packaging will be recycled and won’t contribute to landfill. 

More than 80% of corrugated packaging in the UK is recycled, a higher rate than for any other major packaging material.  Such effective recycling enables a renewable resource – paper fibre – to be used again and again, as part of a closed loop recycling process for corrugated packaging

Across Europe, DS Smith Recycling handles 5.4 million tonnes of recovered paper every year.  In the UK, DS Smith operates market leading businesses, which make recycling real.  DS Smith Packaging produces corrugated packaging, DS Smith Recycling collects it from retailers, industrial plants and other sources, and DS Smith Paper transforms old packaging to new materials - strong, high quality, recycled papers.  Then the whole process starts again – the corrugated loop, box to box.

Packaging users increasingly turn to DS Smith, to change the realities of used packaging, from misunderstood “waste”, to a valuable resource, managed and recovered for further use.

Corrugated packaging: part of a renewable system

Paper fibre for corrugated packaging is a renewable resource, based on high levels of recycling, combined with responsible forest management.  It will not run out. 

New fibre and virgin papers derive from sustainably managed forests, where the number of trees planted at least matches the impact of harvesting.  In fact, in Europe, the area of forest has grown by 17 million hectares in the last 20 years and 33% more trees grow every year than are harvested.  

Growing trees are vital in absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere.  Healthy, well managed forest resources, used to support many industries including corrugated packaging, play a cogent, economically necessary role in controlling green house gases.


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