PEFC and AB Group Packaging push sustainability for European Paper Bag Day

October 16, 2019

Packaging Solutions  Green Solutions


To mark European Paper Bag day, which takes place on October 18, PEFC and AB Group Packaging are working to promote sustainable alternatives to plastic packaging. 


European Paper Bag day is an annual day of action which aims to raise consumer awareness about paper carrier bags as sustainable and efficient packaging that contribute to fighting climate change and environmental pollution. Sustainable, forest based packaging such as paper bags, reduce plastic waste and carbon emissions and make a significant contribution to the circular economy.


As the worldwide discussion on mitigating climate change grows in urgency, this year’s COP25 event that will be held in Santiago, Chile from 2 to 13 December, will be seeking to encourage permanent action and transformation towards truly sustainable development. The conference theme – Time for Action – will focus on a number of initiatives, three of which directly relate to PEFC’s sustainable forest management programme: forests, biodiversity and the circular economy. Alun Watkins, executive director of PEFC UK, said: ‘We are delighted that our colleagues in Chile will be able to supply visitors to their stand at this internationally important conference with a paper bag which has been sustainably produced, is strong enough to be reused and at the end of life, can be readily recycled.’

PEFC works to protect the world’s forests by promoting sustainable forest management through certification – encouraging responsible stewardship and use of forests and forest lands to maintain biodiversity, forest eco systems, regeneration and vitality. Currently, 311 million hectares of forests and 750,000 forest owners are certified globally.

AB Group Packaging has been manufacturing low carbon, sustainable paper bags in the UK, Ireland and Europe for over 30 years and is a strong advocate of PEFC’s work and a regular supporter of its events. To mark European Paper Bag Day, the company has supplied a stock of PEFC certified and branded paper bags to distribute at Certfor’s (the Chilean member of PEFC’s global alliance) stand at COP25 in Chile to help promote the impactful, practical work that the independent certification alliance undertakes to help alleviate climate change by promoting responsible forest management.

With a long record of environmental credentials AB Group Packaging manufactures sustainable recycled and full-circle products, including the world's first PEFC certified fully recyclable, biodegradable, 100% sustainable reusable paper bag. Tested to carry the heaviest items up to 26 kg, this water and tear resistant super sturdy bag is becoming an ideal way to replace thick plastic bags. AB Group Packaging CEO, Dermot Brady said, ‘We were delighted to make this donation of sustainable paper bags to assist PEFC to promote responsible forest management around the globe. Our alliance with PEFC plays a vital role in ensuring that the world’s forestry resources continue to fulfil their critical part in mitigating climate change.’



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