Let’s add greater sustainability to your supply chain

The domino effect of the global pandemic continues to haunt our daily lives. Pre COVID-19, when we visited a grocery store and something was out of stock it was an annoyance. Today, it’s so commonplace that we anticipate having to visit two or more grocery stores in a single outing to cross everything off the shopping list.

As we all know and grudgingly accept, the global supply chains are in disarray. Packaged goods companies are going to the ends of the earth to get their products to market amidst a scarcity of supplies – and not just the ingredients or components that go into the finished product, but ancillary items as well including the paper board, ink and protective packing we use here at Bellwyck.

Operating in tandem with this supply chain fiasco is an increasing and very necessary focus on sustainability. Here in Canada, we have a couple of ambitious sustainability targets. In conjunction with the other 192 United Nations Member states, Canada has committed to the 2030 Sustainable Agenda featuring a total of 17 sustainability goals ranging from environmental concerns such as clean energy, sustainable cities and climate action to social concerns such as zero hunger, gender equality and no poverty.

In addition, Canada has committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, which means that less than 30 years from now our economy will either produce no greenhouse gas emissions or offset its emissions through carbon capture solutions such as tree planting or the use of carbon capture technologies.

Every single one of the sustainable targets listed above becomes more doable when companies such as ours get deeply introspective about the way we operate and aim to function eco-consciously. Product packaging plays a key role in the supply chain; it’s the final link between the retail experience and getting products into peoples’ homes. A well-designed and strategically developed package protects the product contents and promotes safe handling which saves product spoilage and waste. Furthermore, when the packaging has been manufactured with eco-friendly materials, it’s promoting greater environmental health at other points in the supply chain.

As you may remember from last month’s post celebrating Earth Day, we are committed to achieving EcoVadis Certification, a rating system developed by the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings; one that recognizes that the supply chain is the most powerful lever for sustainability impact. Having the EcoVadis badge of honour is just the first step in our ambitious goal to be North America’s most sustainable packaging firm.

One supply chain efficiency that we will be increasingly focusing on in 2022 and beyond is towards lightweighting our printed packaging solutions. Lightweighting in packaging helps to reduce the overall weight of the shipped product without impacting performance. This approach saves on the materials used which takes stress off the supply chain while decreasing fuel use during transport and saving warehousing costs.

Lightweighting is just one facet of our overall sustainability vision for 2022 and beyond. “This year, we will develop and implement measurable KPIs to ensure our supplier base contributes to Bellwyck’s vision for a sustainable supply chain,” elaborates Peter Davies, Purchasing Manager with Bellwyck. “We are also implementing a sustainable procurement policy that will further cement our commitment to supply chain efficiencies within our day-to-day business practices. We owe it to our clients’ own sustainability goals to have the most ethical supply chain processes possible. After all, when the business community at large dedicates itself to sustainability, we all win.”

Interested in learning more about lightweighting and other eco-friendly packaging solutions? Contact us now to arrange a consultation.

Leave a Reply