Minimum Origin Green Targets Required Annually = 5
Spotlight Target Area: Packaging
Cybercolors became a member of the Origin Green programme in 2017. As a small enterprise of 11 people, all employees are aware of the Origin Green programme and its importance to thcompany’s future operations and are fully supportive. The Origin Green team is led by Operations Manager, John Redmond and Marketing Manager, Aoife Cripps.
Given the growing importance of the need to reduce plastic packaging, Cybercolors made a commitment to focus on reducing their use of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) packaging across the business and set two separate targets in their plan to:
Reduce the plastic packaging ratio for key colour raw materials
Reduce the plastic packaging ratio for manufactured goods
Supplier Collaboration for Further Reductions
They have been steadily reducing their HDPE packaging in these 2 areas since 2017 and in 2019 they made significant progress when achieving their target ratio for manufactured goods packaging and achieved their target for manufactured goods with only 15% product in pack sizes less than 25kg, a reduction from 19% in 2018.%. The company no longer procures raw materials in 1kg or 5kg bags and now obtains raw materials in reusable bulk containers.
Some of the actions implemented across the business to achieve these targets include:
Communicating and collaborating with suppliers to encourage them to supply bulk packaging options and sustainable alternatives
Reducing the volume of key product produced in packs less that 25kg
Moving some products to bulk and bag in box type packaging for finished products.
“At Cybercolors, we are developing innovative ingredients, while partnering with our customers and suppliers to create a more sustainable environment.”