Knauf has changed the pallet hoods used on its laminated boards to use 30% more recycled content, as part of its commitment to reach zero waste disposal by 2032.

According to the company, the move represents "a real win at scale given the number of hoods used". It provides a more environmentally friendly solution, while ensuring the robust strength of the plastic (which is also easier to recycle on site) without being detrimental to the customer.

Hannah Wrigley-Stevens, Buyer at Knauf, explained: “Moving to 30% recyclable content for our pallet hoods strikes the right balance between strength and sustainability. It also shows that we are serious about achieving our sustainability goals.

“This is something that we feel our customers will care deeply about, given that not only are the hoods made from recyclable content they are themselves recyclable and can be recycled in standard plastic recycling.

“We are currently in the process of updating our customers on these changes to ensure they are fully aware of the recyclable nature of the pallet hoods and why this matters. This includes updating our artwork to state this.”

Knauf aren’t just focusing on making their pallet hoods more sustainable and environmentally friendly. They are also trialling the use of 30% recyclable content in their stretch wrap.

Hannah Wrigley-Stevens carried on: “We’ve seen some very positive developments during the trial periods in both areas. This includes a gram saving and a reduction in micron of plastic, which means that the weight of the plastic has been reduced.”