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Meeting the rising demand for paperboard, sustainably

Growth in on the go eating, use of pharmaceuticals for an ageing population, the need to create stand out on crowded shelves and, of course, pressure to reduce use of plastic are just some of the factors driving the increasing demand for paperboard. But how can packaging producers help their clients to meet this demand while also keeping their sustainability targets on track? Fortunately, Antalis has the answer. It can support customers with an ever growing portfolio of sustainable graphic and cartonboard products and services.

Antalis began developing its range of sustainable products and supporting services more than two decades ago and now has one of the most innovative offerings on the market. Key to the credibility and success of this portfolio is the company’s careful selection of suppliers who share the company’s focus on providing high quality products, sustainably.

‘Concerns around the use of plastic packaging, particularly single use packaging, has led to a significant rise in demand for fibre based graphic and cartonboards that are renewable, biodegradable, recycled or recyclable,’ said Steve Chappell, graphical board development manager. ‘At Antalis we also ensure we work with suppliers who have strong environmental ethics, like Iggesund and Metsä Board.’

Antalis stocks Iggesund’s paperboard brands Invercote and Incada, which are renowned for their durability and design versatility. Iggesund’s mill in Sweden, where Invercote is made, and its UK mill in Workington, Cumbria, where Incada is manufactured, have both been awarded Platinum level by the international assessment company EcoVadis.

Produced from virgin fibre of known and traceable origin, Incada is made at a mill that produces 100% of energy from renewable biomass, and is the only folding box board (FBB) manufactured in the UK, giving it a very low carbon footprint for UK customers. Invercote, solid bleached board (SBB), made from pure virgin fibre sourced from sustainably managed Swedish forests, is known for its strength and toughness and taint and odour neutrality making it particularly suited to packaging where demands on print quality and structural design are very high.

Also within Antalis’ extensive portfolio of sustainable graphic and cartonboards are Metsä Board’s Classic and Prime, both PEFC certified, and FSC certified Eskaboard from Eska.

MetsäBoard Prime FBB Bright is a fully coated white backed folding box board (GC1) with high bulk and stiffness. MetsäBoard Prime FBB makes it possible to ‘lightweight’ printed products so you get more product out of every tonne of material purchased while at the same time consuming fewer raw materials, reducing transport weight and producing less waste.

MetsäBoard Classic FBB is a fully coated cream backed folding box board (GC2) with a double blade coating on the front. It is hard sized as standard for high water resistance demands, such as refrigeration and chiller cabinet products.

Eskaboard is a solid board made from 100% recovered paper. An FSC certified board with excellent lay flat, stay flat properties, it is ideal for producing anything from book covers and ring binders to puzzle and game boxes and even luxury packaging.

Further support in helping customers achieve their sustainability goals comes by way of Antalis’ Carbon Offsetting scheme. All purchases from across the company’s papers, packaging and visual communications ranges can now be carbon offset.

Steve commented, ‘We have one of the most comprehensive ranges of paperboards in the UK. We are continually reviewing our range of products and suppliers to ensure they are as sustainable as possible, and I am excited to say that we will be expanding our portfolio with new and innovative products, with the highest environmental profile, in the near future.’

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