Joining OPRL: The UK’s Leading Recycling Label Scheme

If you’ve ever wondered what happens to your food packaging once it’s empty, you’re not alone. The issue of recycling and sustainable packaging has become increasingly important in recent years. In the UK, the On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) has emerged as a leading scheme to address this concern. In this blog post, we will explore why ePac chose to join OPRL and the significant benefits of being part of this recycling initiative.

The On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) is a recycling label scheme designed to provide clear and consistent information to consumers about how to dispose of their packaging responsibly. Launched in 2009, OPRL has gained widespread recognition and is supported by major retailers, manufacturers, and packaging companies. The label features different symbols that indicate whether the packaging is widely recyclable, recyclable but with specific conditions, or not currently recyclable.

ePac’s Decision to Join OPRL

As a responsible and forward-thinking flexible packaging company, ePac UK was determined to contribute to sustainability efforts and minimise the environmental impact of its products. Joining OPRL was a logical step in achieving this goal. By incorporating OPRL labels on packaging, ePac could empower consumers with the knowledge they need to make eco-friendly choices and correctly dispose of their food packaging.

  • Enhancing Consumer Awareness

By displaying OPRL labels on their packaging, ePac helps raise consumer awareness about recycling possibilities. These easily recognisable symbols provide clear guidance on whether the packaging can be recycled, encouraging consumers to participate actively in recycling initiatives.

  • Promoting Sustainable Practices

Joining OPRL aligns ePac with the broader mission of promoting sustainable packaging practices. By supporting the circular economy and encouraging recycling, we help to reduce waste and conserve valuable resources.

  • Meeting Customer Expectations

With environmental consciousness on the rise, consumers increasingly expect brands and packaging companies to take responsibility for their environmental impact. By joining OPRL, ePac demonstrates its commitment to meeting these expectations and staying at the forefront of eco-friendly packaging solutions.

  • Complying with Regulatory Standards

As concerns about environmental sustainability grow, regulatory bodies are likely to tighten recycling and packaging requirements. By adopting OPRL labels, ePac positions itself as a proactive and compliant player in the industry, ready to adapt to evolving regulations.

Embracing Sustainability: How ePac Champions Eco-Friendly Practices

At ePac, sustainability is more than just a buzzword; it’s a core value that guides every aspect of their operations. By partnering with OPRL, ePac showcases its dedication to championing eco-friendly practices in the food packaging industry.

  • Eco-Friendly Materials

ePac is committed to using environmentally friendly materials for its packaging solutions. ePac explores and adopts innovative alternatives to traditional plastics, reducing the environmental impact of its products. 

  • Recycling Innovation

As a member of OPRL, ePac actively supports recycling innovation. By promoting clearer recycling information through OPRL labels, the company encourages continuous improvements in recycling infrastructure and processes.

  • Circular Economy Advocacy

ePac embraces the concept of the circular economy, which emphasises minimising waste and maximising the reusability of materials. By designing packaging with recyclability in mind and educating consumers through OPRL labels, ePac actively contributes to the circular economy’s goals.

  • Collaboration for a Greener Future

Being part of OPRL allows ePac to collaborate with other like-minded businesses, retailers, and manufacturers. Together, they can drive positive change and create a greener future for the food packaging industry.

Join the Movement: ePac and OPRL Paving the Way for Sustainable Packaging

As ePac and OPRL continue their journey toward sustainable packaging practices, the impact of their collective efforts is evident. By joining OPRL, ePac has solidified its commitment to sustainability and responsible packaging.

The partnership between ePac and OPRL has not only enhanced consumer awareness about recycling but has also influenced industry standards. As more companies embrace OPRL labels and eco-friendly practices, the collective impact on the environment becomes even more significant.

The Ripple Effect: Inspiring Change Across the Industry

The decision by ePac to join OPRL goes beyond individual actions; it sets in motion a ripple effect that inspires change across the entire food packaging industry. As more companies follow suit and adopt OPRL labels, the collective impact on the environment and society becomes increasingly profound.

  • Influencing Supplier Practices

As ePac actively embraces OPRL and sustainable packaging practices, it influences its suppliers to follow suit. By demanding eco-friendly materials and recyclable options, ePac encourages suppliers to prioritise sustainability, creating a positive chain reaction throughout the supply chain.

  • Setting Industry Standards

ePac’s commitment to sustainability and OPRL labels elevates the standard for responsible packaging in the food industry. Other packaging companies take note and begin to incorporate similar practices, further driving sustainable initiatives and benefiting the environment.

  • Public Perception and Brand Image

In an era where consumers are increasingly conscious of the environmental impact of their choices, ePac’s dedication to sustainable packaging through OPRL labels enhances its brand image. By being at the forefront of eco-friendly practices, ePac appeals to eco-conscious consumers, leading to increased brand loyalty and positive public perception.

  • Collaboration for Greater Impact

ePac’s involvement with OPRL opens the door for collaboration with other organisations, nonprofits, and governmental agencies focused on sustainability. By working together, they can create comprehensive and impactful initiatives that extend far beyond individual efforts.

As ePac and OPRL continue their journey together, the impact they create reverberates throughout the industry, inspiring positive change and leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come. Together, let’s build a world where sustainable packaging is the norm, and where each decision we make contributes to a healthier and more sustainable planet. 

If you are interested to find out more about ePac initiatives and/or have any questions related to an OPRL membership, please contact us here.