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Do You Need Child Resistant Packaging for Your Company?

There are so many factors to consider when you’re deciding on the type of packaging for your company. One of these factors is whether you should use child resistant packaging or not. This type of packaging comes with hard-to-open bottle caps that are formulated to be child-resistant. This type of

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Top Packaging Industry Trends

The Packaging for Industry Houston TX present bundling plays an undeniably more mind-boggling job than simply making holders for items during the procedure of coordinations, deals, and end-use. It is presently additionally one of the most basic components regarding item configuration, marking, advertising and client experience. As the worldwide interest

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Sustainable packaging

Sustainability is a big issue in construction as in other industries.  Be this in the use of raw materials or the energy and water used in production of construction products, there is progress being made in reducing the impact of construction on the environment. There is also increased pressure on

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Reduce your plastic usage by using Kite Packaging’s new environmentally-friendly paper padded envelopes

Packaging technologists at Kite Packaging have introduced their new paper padded envelopes, an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional bubble lined envelopes. These new additions to the Kite online site are a reliable way of getting smaller products to their targeted destination. With the envelopes’ simple yet effective corrugated fluting acting as

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Kite Packaging’s Mobile Test Facility goes to Pacwolf!

Last week Kite Packaging’s Midlands Regional Distribution Centre visited the Pacwolf sites with Kite’s Mobile Test Facility, the first of its kind in the UK. Pacwolf, part of the C.S Ellis Group, invited the Kite team onsite for two days, also inviting some of their own customers and suppliers to

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

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Kite Packaging expand their range of polythene bags, shrink tubing and covers

The employee-owned business has recently expanded their range of oversized bags, polythene furniture bags, shrink covers and continuous shrink tubing. The range expansion is supported by the company’s ongoing effort to ensure that a wide range of products can be effectively protected in order to prevent unnecessary waste. Often businesses are not aware of how they can effectively protect larger heavy duty goods and items such as pallets and furniture and extremely large products however, with the new range everything is catered to. Oversized bags Commonly used in a wide range of applications for any large item that will fit into the usable dimensions (over 15 sizes available), Kite’s oversized bags are available in both light and heavy duty to suit different applications, light being ideal to protect items in storage against elements such as dust and moisture and heavy duty offering a more robust protection against extreme weather conditions, scrapes, scratches and dirt. Polythene furniture bags Kite’s range of furniture bags are the ideal solution when storing and transporting furniture. Available in light duty to protect items in storage from dirt and dust and heavy duty to protect furniture against dirt, dust, scrapes and extreme weather conditions. Each option is available as either gusseted, which fits better to items with even sides such as mattresses, or centre folded suitable for items that don’t have even corners such as sofas.  Shrink covers Specifically designed for covering full pallets and for use with Kite’s range of shrink guns, Kite’s range of pallet shrink covers offer heavy duty protection against moisture, dirt and theft. Stronger than standard pallet wrap they are manufactured from shrinkable 100 micron high strength blend polythene and are available perforated on a roll or boxed as singles. Continuous shrink tubing For use with Kite’s range of shrink guns and produced from 100 micron high strength shrink polythene Kite’s shrink tubing fits pallets with a base size of 1200mm x 1000mm and 1200mm x 1200mm but as its continuous, the height is determined by the user by cutting when required, making it perfect for pallets of any height and awkward loads. For more information on Kite Packaging and their range of products or services, visit kitepackaging.co.uk.

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Do You Need Child Resistant Packaging for Your Company?

There are so many factors to consider when you’re deciding on the type of packaging for your company. One of these factors is whether you should use child resistant packaging or not. This type of packaging comes with hard-to-open bottle caps that are formulated to be child-resistant. This type of packaging has its advantages and disadvantages, so before you decide, you must know everything about child-resistant packaging. You’re in luck as we will be discussing them in this article. What is Child Resistant Packaging? Child resistant (C-R) packaging or special packaging, as others call it, is used to minimize the risks of poisoned children. Children usually ingest potentially hazardous items such as prescription and over-the-counter medications, household chemicals, and pesticides. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has the right to regulate child resistant packaging via the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA), which has become effective since 1972. Based on the PPPA, the term child-resistant packaging means packaging that is designed to make it significantly difficult for children who are under five years to open a product that may contain a toxic or harmful amount of substance. It is also designed so that it’s easier for adults to open the product. What Products Need Child Resistant Packaging? You can find the complete list of substances that require child-resistant packaging in the 16 CFR §1700.14. But for your reference, below are specific examples of over-the-counter medications that require child resistant packaging: acetaminophen aspirin diphenhydramine ibuprofen iron-containing drugs and dietary supplements imidazolines methyl salicylate mouthwash naproxen OTC switch drugs What are the Advantages of Child Resistant Packaging? The purpose of using child-resistant packaging is to ensure children’s safety. More products in the domestic environment are potentially dangerous to children. This can be anything from bleach to liquid nicotine and other household products. As a matter of fact, two companies in the US have had to do a full product recall because the essential oils that they were supplying weren’t in child-resistant packaging. Using child resistant packaging for your products will help ensure that your products are packaged in a way that minimizes the risk of potential ingestion when it is taken into the home. It is your responsibility as a brand owner to protect children from potentially harmful substances. Take cannabis, for example. Now that it’s slowly being legalized, a lot of people are bringing up the topic of child-resistant packaging. They aren’t just focusing on it, but they’re also reinventing it. We can’t deny that the sales for legal cannabis have been higher than expected, so the packaging laws are being addressed along the way. That’s because cannabis is potentially harmful to children. Children mistake edible cannabis (gummy bears, brownies, lollipops, etc.) for regular food, so they end up eating it without knowing it’s harmful. Edible cannabis contains very high amounts of cannabis, so the symptoms are severe when children eat it. Small children are at higher risks based on their size and weight. Many young children who have eaten edible cannabis need to be rushed to the hospital due to the severity of the symptoms. With child-resistant packaging around, you are 110% sure that no child will be at risk of accidentally consuming cannabis. What are the Disadvantages of Child Resistant Packaging? While child-resistant packaging may have its advantages, it also has its disadvantages. This type of packaging can be a problem for some aged people or individuals with disabilities. Regulations need to test the designs first to verify that most adults won’t have this problem, and for them to easily access the package. Some jurisdictions may allow pharmacists to give medications in non-child-resistant packages only if there aren’t any children in the household. The regulations are based on the protocols of performance tests of packages done with actual children. This is to determine that the packages can be opened. Recently, they are doing additional tests to determine if aged people or individuals with disabilities can open the same packages.   Do You Need Child Resistant Packaging for Your Company? You’re the only person who can best answer this question because it all depends on what kind of products you’re selling. Are your products potentially harmful to children? If your answer is yes, then you need child-resistant packaging. How do you make your products child-resistant? There are five ways for you to make your products child-resistant. See below: Avoid visual cues. Children love shapes and bright colors, so make sure to avoid such to instruct users on how to open the package. Use visual cues that are unique to adults instead, as children find it unappealing and unrecognizable. Also, use text instructions on the labels. Dexterity. Children develop their motor skills when they’re around eight years old, but they can already push and open containers at a younger age. Add applied force to the packaging so that children won’t have the strength to open the product. Increase the packaging size. Increasing the size of your packaging is a simple way to make your product child-resistant. For example, if a user needs to open a container using two fingers, it should be customized to fit adult fingers. This, together with dexterity, will make it harder for children to open the product. The smaller the container is, the more accessible it is to children. Test your product packaging. You should remember to test your packaging to stay compliant. Do this by performing a routine test with children, and put them into groups. You’ll need 50 children (between 0 to 5 years old), separated into 3 categories per test. They need to open the containers with their teeth in a 10-minute test. Unit-dose packaging. Most pharmaceutical companies package pills in bottles. Their small containers have caps that you can easily twist to open. Because of this, children have the opportunity to open the bottle easily. To make sure that your product is child-resistant, you need to design it in a way that users need to apply force to open it. This is something

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Top Packaging Industry Trends

The Packaging for Industry Houston TX present bundling plays an undeniably more mind-boggling job than simply making holders for items during the procedure of coordinations, deals, and end-use. It is presently additionally one of the most basic components regarding item configuration, marking, advertising and client experience. As the worldwide interest for bundling keeps on developing and differentiates, the bundling business is probably going to be all the more vigorously impacted by shopper inclinations, industry elements, natural concerns and improvements in innovation and assembling hardware. As indicated by an ongoing bundling industry report from Technavio, the worldwide bundling business sector size will develop near top of billions from ’17 to ’21, quickening at a flow of six percent during the gauge time frame. The development in the worldwide bundling business sector is fundamentally determined by the expanding request from end-client areas, for example, nourishment and refreshment, retail, and medicinal services enterprises. Customers are getting increasingly more touchy to the ecological ramifications of bundling. In this way, brands and makers are constantly searching for approaches to improve their bundling materials and establish a connection in the brains of their clients. Green bundling is one little advance towards improving the general brand picture as well as eco-invitingness. The development of bio-based and sustainable crude materials alongside the appropriation of compostable materials have advanced the interest for green bundling arrangements as one of the top bundling patterns to watch out in ’19. Concurring the most recent statistical surveying report from Technavio, the worldwide green bundling business sector size will develop by less than 100 billion from ’18 to ’22, enlisting a flow of over eight percent during the estimate time frame. The expanding discretionary cashflow of recent college grads combined with developing urbanization all-around has prompted the rising interest of extravagance bundling for buyer products. Recent college grads in urban territories ordinarily spend more on practically all classifications of customer products and enterprises than buyers in non-urban zones. This is bringing about expanded interest for premium, tasteful, utilitarian, and helpful bundling. Extravagance bundling winds up basic for bundling of premium shopper merchandise, for example, shampoos, conditioners, lipstick, body creams, face creams, and cleansers. This bundling improves the tasteful intrigue of the item to pull in millennial clients. This is actuating organizations to concentrate on creating premium and inventive bundling answers to make the items increasingly extravagant. The development of the worldwide online business market is boosting the bundling request the world over, which is another of the significant bundling patterns all through ’19. The comfort of web-based shopping and the ascent in the entrance of Internet benefits particularly in the creating nations, for example, India, China, Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa, has actuated clients to utilize web-based shopping stages. With the developing ubiquity of online deals, the interest for bundling items for the protected shipment of items additionally increments extensively. This constrains online retailers and web-based business organizations to utilize various sorts of ridged boxes and actualize new strategies. The adaptable bundling business sector keeps on being one of the quickest developing fragments in the worldwide bundling industry. Adaptable bundling is likewise one of the top bundling patterns that an ever-increasing number of brands and makers will begin to embrace in 2019, because of its top-notch quality, cost-adequacy, accommodation, reasonableness, and maintainability. Customers progressively incline toward such bundling which requires least time and exertion to open, convey, and store, for example, zippers reclosure, tear indents, strip off covers, hang gap highlights, and microwavable pockets. Adaptable bundling gives accommodation to the purchaser while guaranteeing item security. Right now, sustenance and refreshment market is the biggest end-client for adaptable bundling, yet the interest of adaptable bundling in pharmaceuticals and beautifying agents ventures is relied upon to have a huge development all through an astonishing year.

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Kite Packaging’s Midlands Regional Distribution donates £1000 to Macmillan Cancer Support

Kite Packaging’s Midlands based Regional Distribution Centre has chosen Macmillan Cancer Support as their nominated charity for the year, a charity that provides an incredible support service for all those with a cancer diagnosis.    Managing Partner for Kite’s Midlands RDC, Justin Filby, visited Macmillan Cancer Support team last month with a Kite colleague, where they met with Pauline Lewis a Senior Fundraiser for the charity, The Kite team were proud to pledge their support and hand over a cheque for £1,000.   The donation will help provide the funding for a Macmillan nurse for almost one week in support of care for people living with cancer, as well as ensuring their families receive essential, medical, practical and emotional support. A member of Kite’s Midlands team has experienced the incredible support from Macmillan first hand with a loved one being given emotional and practical support throughout a very difficult time. Donating to Macmillan Cancer Support is a very fitting cause for Kite Midlands team. If you would like to make a donation towards Macmillan Cancer Support or to find out more about the charity, visit https://www.macmillan.org.uk/

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Sustainable packaging

Sustainability is a big issue in construction as in other industries.  Be this in the use of raw materials or the energy and water used in production of construction products, there is progress being made in reducing the impact of construction on the environment. There is also increased pressure on companies to look at the sustainability of supplier products and goods further down the supply chain.  Brands are being encouraged to take more responsibility and be more conscious of not only the product in terms of the choice of raw ingredients, which affects carbon footprint, or water and energy usage, but also in the choice of packaging. As we are all aware, one of the biggest topics of conversation currently in packaging is plastic.  And we can expect continued momentum with regards to reducing the use of plastic as well as on other resources that play a part in product wrapping and promotion. Recent innovation has meant that there are now options available to manufacturers, new alternative materials that make a statement in support of sustainability as well as doing their job in protecting and promoting the product. Biodegradable packaging and label options such as hemp and grass paper, for example, as well as materials that can be up-cycled i.e. bamboo, glass. For those keen to make a first step in the right direction, then a more eco-friendly label is a good start. Paper products that are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified are available which show your labels are made from responsible sources. One of the newest label materials is grass paper. Grass paper consists of 50% sun-dried grass fibre (hay) and 50% FSC-certified paper. Grass paper is made from the rapidly renewable raw material grass, which reduces the use of wood and is therefore particularly sustainable. Grass paper also offers further advantages in comparison to conventional paper. Thanks to short transport times of the grass, CO2 emissions are reduced by up to 50%. Water consumption is also reduced by up to 50% and the grass paper is made without the use of chemicals. Grass paper is free of pollutants and allergens and is ideal for companies that value sustainable and compostable materials and want to set an example for the responsible use of our resources. In the industrial sector, labels need to be exceptionally durable, able to cope with outdoor elements, transport and be resistance to solvents, fuels, oils or abrasion.  Labels for chemicals must be resistant to particular stresses so that they remain adhesive and clearly legible for as long as the container is in use.  At label.co.uk we print roll labels, self-adhesive labels and film labels made from polypropylene and polyethylene which fulfil all the requirements of hazardous substance labelling. Recent developments have led to an additional more sustainable water-resistant label option, this is the use of a waterproof polymer material made from renewable sources such as sugar cane or corn. Digital label printing in itself, when compared with other technologies, is a much more sustainable way of label printing; it reduces print run wastage for the customer, but also due to the ease of setting up the digital press, the printer produces hardly any waste. Digital printing does not require chemically treated plates, it is quick to set up the machine and it only runs as and when required.  Thus saving both time and energy. Now could be the time to re look at your labelling to find a solution that benefits the environment as well as saving both time and cost effective.

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Employee-owned packaging group Kite Packaging ranked in ‘Owner Managed Business – Midlands Top 100’

The report features the top ‘Owner Managed Companies’ across the Midlands and Kite are extremely proud to have been recognised for their achievements. Established in 2001 as a true employee-owned company and with the original management team still at the forefront of the business, Kite has seen impressive growth throughout its history. Recognition of Kite comes after a very successful year for the packaging distribution company, who in 2018 invested in further geographical expansion by extending their network of regional distribution centres to include the North East of England. 2018 also saw the launch of Kites ‘Mobile Testing Facility’, the first of its kind in the industry, allowing Kite to bring solutions and expertise directly to customers own sites. At the start of 2019 Kite launched a company-wide initiative to reduce their own, and their customers, use of plastics by 120 tonnes following “The four R’s” of reduce, re-use, recycle and replace – a goal they achieved within the first 6 months of 2019. Kites Ecommerce, Waste Compliance and Midlands Regional Distribution Centre all operate out of the Torrington Avenue site in Coventry with a further 6 Regional Distribution Centres located throughout the UK. For more information on Kite Packaging and their products and services, visit kitepackaging.co.uk.

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Reduce your plastic usage by using Kite Packaging’s new environmentally-friendly paper padded envelopes

Packaging technologists at Kite Packaging have introduced their new paper padded envelopes, an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional bubble lined envelopes. These new additions to the Kite online site are a reliable way of getting smaller products to their targeted destination. With the envelopes’ simple yet effective corrugated fluting acting as a layer of cushioning in transit, it removes the need for internal plastic lining like in a bubble lined envelope. They are the ideal solution for businesses requiring a padded envelope that is not bubble lined in order to cut down on plastic. Kite’s new envelopes are 100% recyclable and each of the five available sizes adheres to Royal Mail’s PiP guidelines. For more information on Kite’s new paper padded envelopes, please or for more about the business’s other products visit kitepackaging.co.uk.

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Kite Packaging’s Mobile Test Facility goes to Pacwolf!

Last week Kite Packaging’s Midlands Regional Distribution Centre visited the Pacwolf sites with Kite’s Mobile Test Facility, the first of its kind in the UK. Pacwolf, part of the C.S Ellis Group, invited the Kite team onsite for two days, also inviting some of their own customers and suppliers to the event in order to explore the packaging solutions on board Kite’s mobile test facility. The visit was a great success with the Kite and Pacwolf teams delving into the capabilities of a range of packaging solutions that accommodate efficient pick and pack operations. The Kite facility has on board a range of packroom equipment, including a low profile pallet wrap machine, Sprick paper systems, Kite’s  5×5 system, air cushioning and an over-head delivery systems, allowing Kite’s team to find the most effective bespoke solutions for Pacwolf and the other businesses who attended, accommodating their ideal requirements.   Kite Packaging’s Mobile Test Facility was launched in September last year in conjunction with Kite announcing their 2019 challenge aimed at reducing theirs and their customer’s plastic usage by 120 tonnes. In the last six months, the UK packaging distributor, and their customers, have saved a massive 102 tonnes, keeping the business on track to exceeding its 2019 target.  Pacwolf’s waste recycling company, Baker waste, and a local chamber of commerce representative also attended the two day event to see the exciting potential of what’s to come in terms of eco-friendly packaging solutions.   Managing Partner of Kite Packaging’s Midlands Regional Distribution Centre, Justin Filby said: “A fantastic two days were had when we took the Kite Mobile Test Facility to the Pacwolf site. Everyone really embraced the MTF and Pacwolf used it as a platform to impress their customers and suppliers. Over the two days we visited two of the Pacwolf sites and six of Pacwolf’s customers attended. It really became an active workshop with Kite working with Pacwolf and their clients to develop and design environmentally conscious, protective packaging solutions. It was great to see all parties working together, focussing on developing such environmentally favourable packaging solutions and our customer benefiting from Kite’s unique facility & in house expertise.”  For more information on Kite’s Mobile Test Facility and how to facilitate eco conscious packaging, visit kitepackaging.co.uk.

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Kite Packaging still out in front in the race to reduce plastic in the environment.

Kite Packaging, one of the UK’s leading packaging distributors have seen a hugely positive response to their 2019 initiative aimed at reducing the impact of plastics in the environment. At the end of May the company announced that they are well on their way to reaching their goal, with the initiative already delivering a 95 tonne plastic reduction. The team at Kite launched their 120 tonne challenge at the start of 2019, setting themselves and their customers the task of reducing plastic usage by a total of 120 tonnes by the end of the year. With a focus on ‘reduce, re-use, recycle and replace’ Kite have utilised a wide range of new eco-friendly products and their state of the art Mobile Test Facility to target opportunities for themselves and their customers. Part of the reduction includes Kite themselves no longer sending out any direct mailing in polythene mailing bags, as well as carrying out an ongoing review of its distribution process to minimise plastic wrapping around products.  To support customers joining the initiative Kite’s new Mobile Test Facility, the first of its kind in the industry, has been despatched to customers premises all around the UK along with a team of packaging technologists and specialist engineers. The Kite team are able to utilise the Mobile Test Facility to work alongside customers and carry out waste minimising packaging audits, as well as exploring and testing more eco-friendly packaging alternatives. The initiative comes off the back of continued growth and success for the employee-owned business. The company recently extended its network of regional distribution centres opening a site in the North East of England. They also invested in expansion of warehousing capacity at their Swindon RDC with the installation of a new mezzanine floor. This followed several years of continued growth for Kite’s Swindon RDC since moving to their current location in June 2015. With the increased focus on the environment and the demand for effective, bespoke solutions, businesses are looking for the right packaging solutions that tick all the boxes. For advice and support on a wide range of packaging solutions, or to join Kite in their 120 tonne challenge, visit the Kite Packaging website.     www.kitepackaging.co.uk.

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Kite Packaging introduces new chilled packaging range with 100% recyclable and eco-friendly products

Employee-owned business, Kite Packaging, has introduced a new, innovative chilled packaging range to its product offering. The new temperature controlled range includes five different products that offer high quality, thermal protection for a wide variety of temperature sensitive goods on the market. When it comes to transporting produce from the food and drink industry, pharmaceuticals or other temperature sensitive goods, it can often prove challenging to maintain their desired temperature. These products need to stay at a certain temperature to ensure they remain fit for purpose, therefore they require sufficient packaging which will do exactly that whilst offering secure protection. Kite’s new enviro-friendly insulated boxes are produced from materials with insulating properties that outperform polystyrene. The outer layer is produced from 100% recyclable, environmentally-friendly Kraft paper and the internal layer is made up of 100% biodegradable starch-based loose fill that not only preserves the in-the-box temperature but also provides cushioning protection. The next product Kite has launched is its new insulated box liners. These are comprised of a metallised polyester outer layer to reflect heat away from the product, a bubble wrap middle layer to provide an interval of cushioning insulation and an inner HDPE foam layer offering high resistance against moisture and chemicals as well as further insulation. For businesses who are distributing large pallet size quantities of stock requiring a temperature sensitive environment through transit, the Kite team recommend their new thermal pallet covers. These are equipped with the same properties as the insulated box liners, therefore also providing strong resistance to low temperatures against damage in transit. Due to the foldable, stackable and lightweight structure, these pallet covers provide a reduction in warehouse costs, transportation costs and operational internal carriages. If teamed with the insulating box liners, businesses can help their products get to their destination in the optimum environment. Other essential chilled packaging solutions that can help maintain temperatures on the road are coolants. Ideal for overnight shipments, Kite’s new ice sheets and gel packs will maintain low, internal temperatures to ensure products such as food, fish and pharmaceuticals remain fit for purpose. The gel packs simply require freezing, whereas the ice sheets need to be submerged in water for activation, turning them in to a gel pack which can then be frozen. The real benefit of the ice sheets is their flat pack composition which ensures minimal use of valuable storage space in the warehouse. The final thermal product the Kite team have introduced is their temperature controlled pouches which act as effective insulating protection for smaller items for a shorter length of time. For more information on Kite Packaging’s new chilled packaging range or for more about the business’s other packaging solutions, please visit kitepackaging.co.uk.

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