One of the subjects during this trade mission was finding solutions to ensure agricultural waste doesn't need to be burned on farms any more. In India, in the area north of the city of Delhi, twenty million tonnes of rice straw are burned each year. This results in significant amounts of environmental pollution and loss of raw materials – kilometres of burning fields and significant levels of smog. This has to change!
After we were joint winners of the UK Packaging Award 2018 with the Agri-Rap (product packaging that does not use plastics or fossil fuels, making it suitable for composting), we established a foothold. We created the first ‘Recipe for Disaster’ bags for the United Nations. It's something we're very proud of! The Pukka brand (owned by Unilever) opted for PaperWise packaging thanks to Bio4pack, one of our clients.
2018 was also the year when we signed the Healthy Printing Charter, an initiative by the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA) and the DOEN Foundation to promote food security and recycling paper and cardboard on which Cradle to Cradle approved ink is used.