|When looking at the print industry as a whole, it is plain to see that many printing companies outline an environmental policy within their company ethos. However very few act upon their own ethos, this is where Berkshire Labels differs, as environmental progression is the backbone of any present and future development plans for Berkshire Labels.||Although the emphasis on creating a green infrastructure within all areas of industry is pressing, the need to act environmentally needs to become the norm rather than the alternative. This is why Berkshire labels has progressed towards incorporating all areas of environmental sustainability into our daily manufacturing and operational||activities and would like to promote this attitude towards and through our customers and suppliers.
Please find below our blog which shares with you our green initiatives past and present along with other useful environmental information
29 June 2012
BioTAK - London Olympics June 2012
In partnership with London Bio Packaging, Berkshire Labels are proud to be supplying compostable labels as part of sustainable packaging for the London 2012 Olympics.
The London 2012 food vision scheme centres around five core schemes - environmental management, resource efficiency and waste being one of these.
BioTAK®, developed by Berkshire Labels are a range of compostable self adhesive labels based on renewable and replenishable resources all certified to EN13432, the European Industrial Compostable Standard www.biotak.co.uk
London Bio Packaging www.londonbiopackaging.com is a leading supplier of compostable and recycled packaging to the food and catering industry and a perfect partner to Berkshire Labels and our green commitment.
Press Release 10 April 2012
Hungerford (UK), Bleiswijk (NL), April 6th, 2012
Bio4Life BV has strengthened its position in the area of biodegradable and renewable materials by acquiring the majority shareholding of Sustainable Adhesive Products (SAP) Ltd, who developed the world's 1st compostable pressure sensitive adhesive. The acquisition includes the brand BioTAK®, which is still the only certified compostable adhesive as defined by the European Compostable Packaging Standard EN13432.
Arjan Klapwijk, owner of Bio4Life BV comments "Although we are very successful in developing new applications in biodegradable packaging, the BioTAK® adhesive secures our position in some new and exciting markets.
SAP Ltd was founded in 2006 by Paul Roscoe and the BioTAK products were successfully launched initially through his own label company, Berkshire Labels. BioTAK® has won awards for its achievements in environmental innovation. SAP Ltd will continue to manufacture its current certified BioTAK® adhesive although the focus is now on developing other grades utilising its unique properties.
Paul Roscoe, founder of SAP Ltd comments "We are very excited about the future of BioTAK® and the new level of development and commitment that has come from Bio4Life. The overall knowledge and understanding that Bio4Life already has with compostable materials will ensure that BioTAK® will remain a world leader in the compostable market place".
Sales and logistics will be carried out from the new purpose built Dutch Headquarters in Bleiswijk.
About Bio4Life BV
Bio4Life is a company specialized in compostable and renewable materials, with a focus on self-adhesive labels. The company is located in Bleiswijk (NL) and is supplying products all over Europe.
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18 November 2011
Green Apple Environment Award 2011
Representatives from Berkshire Labels went to the House of Commons on the 14th November 2011, to collect our Green Apple Environment Award. The Green Apple Award scheme is a national campaign to find Britain's greenest companies, councils and communities. Berkshire Labels competed against 500 other nominations for this award.
Managing Director Paul Roscoe and Sales Director Grant Picking accompanied Phil Baldwin, our environmental representative to collect the award. Paul Roscoe commented- "Our focus continues to be the development of a sustainable business whilst pursuing a sustainable environment" we are very pleased to have received this award in recognition of our green initiatives and contribution to the environment."
A donation has been made on Berkshire Labels behalf to the Green Earth Appeal whose plantings contribute to the Billion Tree Campaign, a world wide tree planting initiative facilitated by the United Nations Environment Program.
BERKSHIRE LABELS ON THE WAY TO GREEN GLORY
Press Release August 2011
Berkshire Labels Ltd, based in Hungerford, has won a Green Apple Environment Award in the national campaign to find Britain's greenest companies, councils and communities.
They competed against more than 500 other nominations and will be presented with their Green Apple Award at a glittering presentation ceremony in the House of Commons on November 14. As a result of this success they have been invited to have their winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their experience. They will also be considered to represent their country in the European Business Award for the Environment. The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country's major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, council's communities and countries. The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising and promoting environmental best practice. Judges for the Green Apple Awards are drawn from the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.
Introduction of flow restrictors 25th May 2011
All of our taps have now been fitted with flow restrictors. This has reduced the flow from twenty five litres a minute to just four litres a minute.
"Chocks Away" 11th March 2011
We have recently been working with a major material supplier to make changes to their packaging materials by moving away from polystyrene roll chocks to card, a more sustainable alternative. This is yet another step forward towards our target of zero landfill.
Recovery of heat within factory/warehouse 24 February 2011
We have now greatly reduced our gas and energy consumption within our production facility.
We have been able to recover the heat generated from our presses and plant room and utilise this heat throughout other areas of the building, thus reducing our energy consumption, green house gases and costs!
This has resulted in a six and a half ton reduction in CO2.
94% Waste Recycled 13th January 2011
We are delighted to announce that 94% of our waste is now recycled which is an outstanding achievement for Berkshire Labels and for our environment. The following demonstrates how each different waste type is being reused:
Cardboard Bales: These are rebaled into 500kg+ bales with other similar material that we receive, and are reprocessed by UK Mills into new cardboard.
Plastic Bales: These bales are cut open, sorted and segregated into different type of plastics. They are then rebaled with similar plastic material into 500kg+ bales, and are reprocessed by either UK Mills or European Mills into new plastics.
Metals: These are sorted into their different types of metal. They are then bulked up with material from other customers. This is then sent for recycling to UK based reprocessors.
Shredded Trim Bales: Depending on the content of the bales, they are mixed with similar material to be recycled, or cut open, roughly sorted and rebaled with similar material, and then recycled.
Mixed Reels / Paper / Plastic / Loose Material: This material is manually sorted and segregated into the different categories of material to be recycled. The mix generally includes: paper / plastic / cardboard / wax paper.
Wood Waste: Wood that cannot be reused is bulked up with material from other clients, and sent for chipping, and recycling.
The remaining 6% of waste that cannot be recycled is continually being reviewed to identify alternative ways of reducing this figure… watch this space.
10:10 Update 22nd December 2010
As we come towards the end of 2010 and the 10:10 project we are extremely proud to announce we have achieved an 8% reduction in CO2 output across our business. This was 2% short of our targeted 10% however it is still a great achievement and reflection of the continuing success of our sustainable programme. We continue striving towards further reduction in 2011.
For more information on this project visit www.1010uk.org
Sustainable News - Sharing with you 21st October 2010
As part of our sustainable outlook we are interested to see what other companies are doing towards a sustainable future. We will be sharing some of the more interesting stories with you on our green blog.
Sourced from Marketing Week – Pepsico reveals sustainable business plan 19th October 2010
PepsiCo has announced an “ambitious” sustainability strategy to cut water usage and carbon emissions by 50% in the farming and packaging of its brands.
Its first Sustainable Farming Report outlines plans to work with 350 British farmers to reach its aim of ’50 in 5’.
The company has also revealed it is to create recyclable crisp packaging from potato peelings.
To help meet its environmental pledges, the company has developed a web based crop management tool called i-crop to help farmers accurately calculate water use and carbon emissions.
Other efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its farming include trials of new low-carbon fertilizers and plans to replace more than 75% of PepsiCo UK’s current potato stock with varieties that will significantly improve farmers’ yields and decrease wastage by 2015.
For the full story visit www.marketingweek.co.uk
Green Recruit 12th October 2010
Robert Newton joins our internal sales team following 3 years studying environmental planning at Oxford Brookes University. In addition to working closely with our customers Rob will be an extremely valuable asset to our environmental team who continual to push forwards with our sustainable programme.
As a further enhancement to our environmental commitment we are pleased to launch our latest objective, The Green Mile.
Our objective is simple, to encourage employees to use their cars less and walk or cycle to work if possible. Our commitment is also simple; any individual that walks or cycles to work will be financially rewarded. All staff are entitled to fill out one of our "Green Mile" cards each day, at the end of the month the individual is to total up their "Green Mile Days" from which they will be reimbursed in their following months salary.
With the recent investment of in-house folding we will reduce our transport footprint by approximately 20,000 miles per annum. This equates to a reduction of 8 tons of Co2 per annum.
We are also aiming to reduce the amount of cardboard used by over 5 tons in a 12 month period.
As part of Berkshire Labels commitment to a greener environment we have signed up to the 10:10 project which aims to unite every sector of British society behind one simple idea: that by working together we can achieve a 10% cut in the UK's carbon emissions in 2010.
Cutting 10% in one year is a bold target, but for most of us it's an achievable one, and is in line with what scientists say we need over the next 18 months. We now know for certain that unless we act quickly to reduce our use of dirty fossil fuels, humanity will face terrible problems in the years to come. Politicians have so far failed to do what needs to be done, so it's time for ordinary people to step in and show that we're ready to defend our children's futures. It's now or never for the climate.
As a company we are fully committed towards achieving the 10% goal by 2010.
For more information on this project and how you too can get involved visit www.1010uk.org
To further underpin our green commitment we have also been included on www.lovelyasatree.com
Caroline Clark, the founder of Lovely as a Tree wanted to know more about how her work was affecting the environment, and what she could do about it, and was surprised to find so little information out there for designers. So with some more research and advice, she put together Lovely as a Tree.
Lovely as a Tree aims to enable and inspire graphic designers to make more environmentally friendly choices in their work.
It gives the low down on how their choices of design, paper and print impact upon the environment. It lists the steps to take to reduce your design footprint; it takes you through the process of choosing recycled or more sustainable materials and shows you what to look for when choosing a greener printer.
Lovely as a Tree is supported by WWF
BioTAK wins award for Environmental Innovation October 2008
We are pleased to announce that our compostable adhesive, BioTAK has won environmental innovation 2008 at the Flexotech International Print and Innovations Awards.
The judges commented ‘many of the entries in this category had a good argument for having environmental credentials. However, in the opinion of the judges this entry was a worthy winner’.
BioTAK is the world’s first adhesive to be classed as fully biodegradable and compostable and has passed the EN13432 European Compostable Packaging Standard. The adhesive now carries the OK Compost mark as certified by AIB Vincotte. The development of BioTAK has spanned seven years, made from sustainable components it can be used in conjunction with other biodegradable films and materials throughout the packaging industry.
Visit www.sustainableadhesive.com for more information
PPE Recognition 2nd September 2008
To underpin Berkshire Labels green commitment we have been included on www.ppe.uk.net which features print companies that have been recognised for their proactive contribution in helping our environment.
PPE helps you to make informed choices in reducing the environmental impact of your printed materials.
The advice and information given on this website is a result of research by Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.
According to the website, there are at least 10,000 printers in the UK; only 100 of which have been recognised as having heavily invested in reducing their environmental impact, putting Berkshire Labels in the top 1% of the UK’s greenest printers.
Glassine Recycling Scheme August 2008
Berkshire Labels are proud to have introduced a scheme that will enable your glassine to be collected and utilised in a very positive way
The recycling scheme enables your glassine waste to be recycled into paper towels and paper in India. Demand for paper materials in developing countries such as India is huge, as well as the recycled benefit it will also help towards easing the pressure on the global paper chain supply.
What about the carbon footprint to get them to India? The containers which are used to ship the glassine to India will be ones that have already brought goods into the UK and would have previously returned to India empty so we will not be adding to our carbon footprint.
What do I have to do? Effectively nothing, however you will need to ensure the waste is provided back to us in accordance with our specifications.
Barclays Commercial Bank Green Leaders in Business Awards July 2008
Berkshire Labels are delighted to have reached the semi finals for Barclays Commercial Bank Green Leaders in Business Awards.
The awards recognise those companies who are using pioneering processes or new sustainable technology, products or services to help beat climate change and, crucially increase their profitability.
Barclays Commercial Bank marketing director, Richard French said “we hope the success of Berkshire Labels will inspire other medium companies to find innovative ways of doing business that will build a new economy which is both realistic and sustainable.
Working in industries typically associated with waste and environmentally harmful practices, Berkshire Labels are responsible for revolutionising the way we think about saving our planet. It is a great achievement for Berkshire Labels to have reached the Semi Finals”.
BioTAK displayed by Material Connexion July 15th 2008
Our BioTAK™ range has been accepted into Material Connexions library of innovative materials. Our range will be displayed in four locations; New York, Bangkok, Cologne and Milan with corresponding entries in their online database.
The BioTAK range has now become part of the world’s largest innovative materials library, accessed by Fortune 100 companies, architects and designers. For more information please visit www.materialconnexion.com
BioTAK EN13432 Accreditation April 2008
Berkshire Labels has become the first company to offer a fully biodegradable and compostable self adhesive label range that conforms to EN13432 in its own right.
The exclusive BioTAK™ range includes a fully biodegradable and compostable adhesive, a world first, which has recently been accredited with the Biodegradable and Compostable packaging standard EN13432.
The BioTAK™ range includes a white semi gloss paper, kraft natural unbleached paper, white and clear PLA and Natureflex, which is available in white, clear and metallised. BioTAK is suitable for chilled and ambient conditions; and is currently being used on Beauty and Healthcare products, Food Packaging, Drinks and Stationary.
The success of BioTAK has been realised worldwide with customers in Australia, USA, Africa and Europe. The BioTAK S100 adhesive, which is the real breakthrough, has not only enabled Berkshire Labels to produce a range of self adhesive labels, but is also being used on compostable tapes, overlaminating film, a retail glue and as a laminating adhesive.
Berkshire Labels or The Green Label Company as they have become known as, have been accredited to the Environmental Standard ISO14001 since August 2007, and see themselves as the market leaders in Green issues. We have been working on this project since 2001; this is not a knee jerk reaction to the Climate Change debate that has hit us in the last 18months. We recognised packaging had to change back in 2000; Certification has come just in time.
Berkshire Labels are totally committed to the environment and have trialled green inks at their premises in Hungerford and offer customers collection and recycling of backing paper to reduce the amount of waste to landfill.
BioTAK get’s Rude Press Release July 2007
Rude Health Organic Foods, producers of organic breakfast cereals have chosen BioTAK™ to compliment its environmentally friendly packaging.
BioTAK™ is the UK’s first 100% biodegradable label made from renewable and replenishable resources, incorporating a completely biodegradable adhesive and face paper made by Berkshire Labels.
Rude Health Organic Foods was set up to make breakfast cereals that are wholesome, tasty and nutritious. They not only recognise the benefits of good food but also the importance of sustainable packaging.
Nick Barnard, Sales Director of Rude Health explained “Rude Health produce a very high quality range of products and we wanted to work with a supplier who is able to offer us a completely sustainable label with excellent print quality, colour consistency and high levels of service. With Berkshire Labels we have found all these qualities with the added benefit of BioTAK™ which is biodegradable and compostable.
We are really pleased to be working with a company that is committed to minimising their impact on the environment”.
The mueslis and porridges are sold in bags which are all sustainable and complimented by our white semi gloss BioTAK™ label. They are approved by the Soil Association, another customer of BioTAK™ and can be purchased at J Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s plus many other health food stores across the UK.
The exclusive BioTAK™ range from Berkshire Labels has been developed to conform to EN13432 and has now entered the final stages of testing with very positive results already achieved.
Sustainable Adhesive Products August 2007
Berkshire Labels launches Sustainable Adhesive Products™ Ltd, a partnership which specialises in the development and manufacture of biodegradable and compostable adhesive products made from renewable and replenishable resources.
The concept of a truly biodegradable adhesive system was born over 10 years ago with the idea that Land Fill should be a thing of the past not the future and the ultimate environmental solution should be to biodegrade or compost your home waste.
Our range of biodegradable and compostable adhesives has been developed to compliment bio-compostable packaging such as PLA, Materbi, Starpol and Natureflex.
Our patent pending formulas have been designed to conform to EN13432 Packaging Standard.
Believed to be the worlds first biodegradable adhesive specifically designed to conform to EN 13432, our product range is also suitable for home and industrial composting.
Our BioTAK™ S100 pressure sensitive adhesive has undergone extensive trials and is currently being coated into self adhesive label stock on a regular basis.
Other applications of our BioTAK™ range of adhesives include sealing of biodegradable food packaging, biodegradable tapes, biodegradable bags, biodegradable film and biodegradable bottles.
The Green Label Company July 2007
As Berkshire Labels continues to the lead the field in its commitment to a greener environment we have launched www.thegreenlabelcompany.co.uk. This site demonstrates all of our proactive contributions and ongoing commitments to a greener future.
ISO14001 accreditation July 2007
Through Berkshire Labels passion and dedication to make positive contributions to the UK's environmental performance we have been awarded the ISO14001 Environmental Standard accreditation in July 2007.
ISO14001 provides a framework for environmental awareness, monitoring and continual improvement.
Berkshire Labels will continually make positive contributions to the UK's environmental performance through product innovation and improving efficiency within its operations.
We will lead our customers to improved environmental performance through the creation of innovative products, Biotak™ being an outstanding example of this.
Berkshire Labels have implemented an ongoing programme to identify our environmental aspects and impacts. We will apply suitable monitors in order to measure performance, which is reported and reviewed regularly. These include waste management, energy consumption and pollution control.
All of Berkshire Labels employees are fully aware of how their activities impact on the environment and have encouraged ideas for improvement.
Nude Skincare - BioTAK June 2007
Nude Skincare was set up for a natural ‘eco’ skincare range that women would want to use.
Its founder Bryan Meehan, the man who made ‘organic’ hot when he set up Fresh & Wild (and then sold it to Whole Foods Market) and investor and inspiration Ali Hewson, wife of Bono and founder of ethical fashion brand Edun, have developed an uncompromising range of skincare that genuinely tries to tick all the boxes – eco, organic and ethical, while still making skin look great.
Its not just about the product, they have tried to make responsible decisions to reduce materials, pollution and waste. Everything needs to be considered; lighter bottles reduce transit emissions; manufacturing and printing is UK based where possible; organic cornstarch shrink-wrap outer packaging which biodegrades in the compost heap; recycled bags are soon to be replaced by those made from fruit pulp; shipping is used rather than air freight; and the sales consultants’ uniforms are made using organic cotton on an African reserve that supports wildlife and the local community.
Nude came to Berkshire Labels looking for the solution of a fully biodegradable label to compliment its already recycled, recyclable and biodegradable packaging. All labels used by Nude are made from wood pulp, a clear Natureflex TM film, coated with a biodegradable adhesive and printed a very minimal one colour.
Uniq Foods - BioTAK April 2007
Uniq Smedleys Salads going green with its first major launch in ten years.
Its Organic Coleslaw and Organic Potato Salad are made from ingredients certified by the Soil Association, supplied in 250g recyclable pots with a fully sustainable self adhesive label.
Mike Hogg, Commercial Director of Smedleys “BioTAK labels were chosen by Smedleys as they meet the environmental credentials we were looking for from our suppliers. Smedleys are working closer than ever with each part of our supply chain to achieve our product goals which is ‘from field to fork, greener salads for a sustainable future’.