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Glossop Cartons marks 40th year by planting 40 trees

Packaging Solutions


Glossop Cartons has kicked off the celebrations to mark its 40th year in business and fight climate change by planting trees with young school children.


The firm donated 40 saplings to Whitehill Primary School, which is located close to its production site in Stockport, and then helped the green fingered year six pupils to plant them in their forest school.


The company’s managing director Wayne Fitzpatrick said: ‘The tree planting was a great way to celebrate an important milestone in Glossop Carton’s history as well as engaging with a local school. It was a perfect activity to mark the occasion, whilst also creating a green legacy with each tree planted bringing benefits to pupils, staff, wildlife and the climate.’


Matt Clarke, head of sales, added: ‘Trees are a vital part of our environment for many reasons. As well as being important for our biodiversity, they play an essential role in the UK’s mission to become carbon neutral, helping to offset emissions that cannot be cut through other means. Spending time planting trees with the school underlines our commitment to sustainability as a business and it was a fantastic experience for the children as well.’


Glossop Cartons is committed to operating in a responsible and sustainable manner to help protect the environment and tree planting has enormous potential to tackle the climate crisis. Trees are natural carbon absorbers because they use carbon dioxide to build their trunks, branches, leaves and roots. According to environmental charity One Tree Planted, one mature tree can absorb up to 22 lbs of carbon a year during its first 20 years of growth.



The children planted a selection of species of trees, including Bird Cherry, Crab Apple, Field Maple, English Oak, Rowan and Wild Cherry in their forest school. Every child at Whitehill Primary School regularly visits the forest school to engage with their outdoor environment and experience lessons beyond the classroom.


Emma Milnes, teacher at Whitehill Primary School, added: ‘Our children were very excited to roll their sleeves up and plant the trees to mark Glossop Cartons’ 40th year. Many youngsters in our school don’t have a garden at home, which makes our forest school a really important and enriching part of their lives. It was a brilliant experience for them to plant the trees and it will be wonderful for them to see the trees they planted growing and attracting wildlife.’

As part of its commitment to environmental sustainability, Glossop Cartons is working towards becoming a zero waste company and is actively involved in manufacturing products that are recyclable and in many cases biodegradable. It sources carton board from mills which adopt a 3:1 re-planting programme and uses raw material that’s farmed from accredited, managed and sustainable forests. The company actively works with customers to limit the amount of packaging required for products, which means fewer trucks on the road and less impact on the environment.


As part of its 40th year, it is planning further significant investments in equipment, staff and systems in order to improve productivity and service for its customers, which span a diverse range of markets, including food and drink, pharmaceutical and personal care and household.


Established in 1982, Glossop Cartons is one of the UK’s leading innovators of packaging solutions, including cartons, sleeves, wallets, blister pack cards, skin pack cards, counter-top and shelf displays, header and hanging cards. The firm’s customers span a diverse range of sectors, such as FMCG, pharmaceutical, personal care, automotive and household. The business currently employs 100 people.


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