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PAFA campaign to boost uptake of plastic packaging

The Packaging and Films Association (PAFA) has launched a campaign to show the environmental benefits of plastic packaging, and warns that the Government must safeguard the future of the UK’s £2bn industry.

PAFA has re-launched its website and designed campaign materials to demonstrate the environmental benefits and achievements of plastic packaging. It argued that the UK uses less packaging than most of Europe, and that modern packaging save resources by reducing wastage. It believes these benefits must be communicated to the general public.

The trade body added that UK packaging manufacturing could end up going abroad if the Government does not do more to support it.

PAFA chief executive Barry Turner said: “I have member companies that are continuing to look toward manufacturing overseas as a direct result of further hikes in carbon taxes which, in the future, will add to the increasing burden of soaring energy prices and the continuing unhelpful business climate in the UK.

“If we are serious about wanting a strong UK manufacturing presence, then policymakers need to recognise this and remove obstacles by developing policies which help UK manufacturing businesses to compete on a world stage. Right now, we have some way to go.”

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