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Ragus Sugars adopts new bio-based plastic film to reduce plastic packaging

by | Nov 15, 2023

Ragus Sugars is a leading sugar manufacturing company and after discussions with Lindum, Ragus has discovered a way to reduce its plastic packaging by 50%.

Lindum is a company, based in Grimsby, who focus on the development of pallet stability and the creation of stretch film wrap, with the overall goal of helping companies achieve specific aims. These include saving money, reducing plastic, improving packaging performance and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Recently, Ragus approached Lindum, seeking their advice around their packaging system, which consisted of pallet wrap. The company’s overall goal was to make their packaging more sustainable, so they asked Lindum what changes they would recommend. After consideration Lindum suggested a bio-based plastic film, produced from sugarcane. This new packaging material both achieved the goal Ragus set out with, as well as also providing multiple other benefits. The primary benefits are that the sugarcane-based packaging is very strong and can be easily branded, meaning no advertising opportunities are missed, whilst the packaging remains strong and beneficial to the environment.

The new sugarcane packaging comes Lindum’s Bio range, which consists of a selection of high-strength bio-based plastic wrap, which are generated from natural polymers, found within sugarcane. Compared to the everyday petroleum-based stretch film, used in most current packaging in society, this new brand, named Lindum’s Nano Bio film, has a multitude of benefits, especially for the environment. The innovative material helps to protect the environment through reducing the impact of carbon dioxide by 40%, plus it removes Plastic Packaging Tax liability, but retains the packaging necessities which plastic film provides.

After their discussion with Lindum, Ragus made the choice to use the sugarcane-based film and become the first sugar company to try the sustainable, bio-based packaging. The results are impressive with the company having reduced its plastic usage by 50%, and its carbon dioxide emissions have also been reduced by 13,764kg annually. The new material is very similar to the original plastic film, as it is flexible but very strong and hard to break, which ensures its stability, furthermore it makes it easy for the brand to be identified in transit as it is fully transparent.

The Sales Manager at Lindum, Rick Sellars, commented, “Ragus were keen to explore alternative packaging films that were environmentally friendly and guaranteed pallet stability during transit. Due to the nature of the product, the solution needed to retain strength and keep the sugar products secure to prevent damage and subsequent wastage. Another key consideration was clarity. Ragus wanted to improve overall pallet presentation with the use of clear plastic film that would highlight its iconic branding during transit. The current film had stripes running through which made the packaging unrecognisable.”

Sellars continued, “Before switching, the company was using 160g of plastic. Now, it is using 62g, which equates to a 50% saving. There is no difference in overall quality, or stretch between the sustainable Bio film, and the non-renewable solutions made from crude oil, making it an ideal choice for companies looking to improve sustainability.”

The Manager at Ragus Sugars, Henry Eastick, added, “The performance on the Bio film is identical to the previous non-sustainable stretch film we were using, and the clarity of the product means our branding can be clearly identified throughout transit. When it comes to logistics, sustainability and plastic usage are key considerations for many companies, and we were able to help on both accounts. We remain one of the only packaging manufacturers to supply a fully bio-based plastic wrap solution.”

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