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Bunzl UK & Ireland’s exclusive brand PRISTINE boosts its sustainability credentials.

Thursday September 23, 2021

As part of its ongoing commitment to proactively work with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to promote and support a sustainable approach to the products it sells, Bunzl UK & Ireland has made a number of changes to its exclusive brand PRISTINE paper hygiene products to boost their sustainability credentials.

The first important change has been a switch from plastic film to paper wrap on the outer wrapping on three of its PRISTINE paper hand towel products. By pro-actively introducing this new packaging on these products, Bunzl UK & Ireland is preventing over 1.65 million pieces of single-use plastic entering the supply chain each year. The paper wraps are also recyclable when placed in mixed recycling to be identified and segregated at a MRF (Material Recovery Facility).

Justin Turquet, Head of Sustainability at Bunzl Catering Supplies comments, “We are working collaboratively with the supply chain to examine what practical changes we can make to reduce waste in the hospitality industry. Swapping plastic film for paper wrap is a great example of how a relatively small change can make a big impact.”

Adding further to its sustainability credentials, 24 out of 28 products in the PRISTINE paper hygiene range are now FSC MIX and FSC Recycled certified. FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) is a non-profit organization that sets certain high standards to make sure that forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible and socially beneficial manner.

Manufactured in the UK, PRISTINE products labelled FSC MIX are made using a mixture of materials from FSC-certified forests, recycled materials, and/ or FSC controlled wood. While controlled wood is not from FSC certified forests, it mitigates the risk of the material originating from unacceptable sources. By choosing PRISTINE products certified FSC MIX, customers in the catering and hospitality sector are helping to take care of the world’s forests.

PRISTINE products labelled FSC Recycled have been verified as being made from 100% recycled content (either post-consumer or pre-consumer reclaimed materials). The use of FSC Recycled products can help to alleviate the pressure of demand on sources of virgin material, thereby helping to protect the world’s forests.

Justin Turquet, Head of Sustainability at Bunzl Catering Supplies comments, “By delivering FSC certified paper hygiene products with high levels of recycled content, we are helping to take care of the world’s forests and delivering on our promise to source responsibly, ethically and sustainably.”

PRISTINE is a professional range of paper hygiene products that deliver a premium customer experience in a hospitality environment, the range includes toilet rolls, paper towels, centrefeed and hygiene rolls, and delivers safe, cost-effective personal hygiene solutions back and front of house.

Bunzl UK & Ireland continues to work hard to ensure all products are sourced responsibly and ethically, and pro-actively looks to reduce waste in the supply chain wherever possible. For more information, please contact us today – or view our latest Sustainable Future report here.