Packaging is a major constituent of almost all products, services and projects procured. In order to design out waste, and eliminate confusion over which packaging is reusable, recyclable or not, DS Smith (sustainable packaging leader) has conducted research which highlights the desperate need for clarity in the end of life treatment of packaging, and a result has launched new Circular Design Principles.
The Principles have been created to support companies with the innovative design of packaging to support reuse and recyclability, designing out waste and pollution, and provide clear labelling to keep recyclable material out of the general waste.
Read more from Circular Online here.
The COVID-19 global health crisis has highlighted the role of and problems with procurement of desperately required resources. NHS and other procurement professionals are working tirelessly to fill gaps.
Thoughts inevitably concentrate on the short term problems this pandemic brings; those suffering, their families and the amazing work of healthcare workers and other key workers. SPL has long established relationships with many NHS Trusts, Boards and suppliers and will continue to support them in many ways.
At the same time there is much debate regarding the need to learn from this – humanity does not have a good track record of learning from past mistakes but is extremely resourceful and the clamour for a more sustainable future is gathering pace.
We should always focus on outcomes.
For example, ask yourself:
Perhaps now is the time to reset relationships between procurement and commissioning, internal stakeholders, suppliers and intended users? We are seeing every day the benefits of collaboration, cooperation and what can be achieved in a very short time if the will is there.
Part of this supports the transition to a circular economy – not some nebulous concept but, from a procurement and supply perspective, a driver that can unlock many of the above outcomes and benefits. A recent article worth reading: Circle Economy.