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Test Valley Packaging introduces packaging made from agricultural waste

28 October 2022
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Andover-based Test Valley Packaging, is working with envoPAP to introduce a new material into its packaging portfolio: RAW (Reused Agricultural Waste) Packaging. Made from the agricultural waste from sugar cane farms across India, the card and paper will be available in a number of different formats for a wide range of packaging products. This will include cartons, printing paper and mailing bags, with room for innovation to expand to void-fill, paper bubble-wrap and much more.

Test Valley Packaging is the first supplier in the UK to manufacture this revolutionary product. It has been independently tested and proven to perform to the same high-quality standards as wood-pulp based card and paper. RAW packaging is graded using GSM, can be produced in both brown and white finishes and demonstrates an exemplary print finish.

The bi-product of this commonly grown crop is a sustainable solution to escalating packaging demand. India’s climate mix of sunshine, warm temperatures and precipitation have provided perfect growing conditions for sugar cane since ancient times. Before now the huge amount of sugar cane waste generated was simply discarded by farmers who had no use for it.

The manufacturing process is exactly the same as that of wood pulp which is used for paper and cardboard production and does not consume any more energy.  It also provides a vital additional income for farmers, without the need to resort to deforestation. Each year 15 billion trees are harvested around the world 60% of which is used to manufacture paper and card. Although replanting targets remain high, only 5 billion trees are planted per year which is nowhere near enough to replenish what is taken.

Consumer awareness is driving these vital changes to become more sustainable, however few are aware that it takes between 15 and 24 trees to create one tonne of paper, and around 54,000 litres of water. The impact of changing to RAW packaging could mean a saving up to 28% of carbon emissions compared with producing paper and card from wood pulp. As companies strive to reduce waste, Test Valley Packaging has found a sustainable way of using the waste stream created from an agricultural source.

Test Valley Sales Director, Ruth Lowe, said: “As a leading packaging provider, we wanted to do something revolutionary in our industry. We are so excited about being able to offer Reused Agricultural Waste as a replacement for paper, this product will literally change the future of packaging for our planet.”

Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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