CPPC has been working with Roam since the end of 2020 when their aspiration to bring a new approach to sexual health and wellness made them stand out even then. Now Roam has really delivered with a #worldfirst bringing Skin Tone Condoms to market. It would not be an understatement to say CPPC has been an integral part of bringing this to life, from the packaging development and delivery to the product development and locking in a new and trusted sustainable partner for the manufacturing of the condoms themselves in the far east, we have be right there in the trenches.
The results speak for themselves but when we consider the timelines and deadlines we faced from retail to bring this to market the whole project has been nothing short of miraculous from all involved.
If you have a dream to turn into a reality, then we can help at every stage of that process….
Procurement, NPD, Packaging supply, point of sale, prototyping, proofing, logistics, factory audits.
"Bringing an entirely new concept to market in just three months was a big ask… add manufacturing in Malaysia and a Class 2B medical device into the equation and it seemed impossible. Alex made it happen! We managed to get our innovation onto the shelves at Boots thanks to Alex’s agility and adaptability. He managed the end-to-end process seamlessly and for that, I’m extremely grateful."
Global Recycling Day
'Global Recycling Day", celebrated on March 18 every year, is a recycling initiative that encourages us to look at our trash in a new light. And unless you are part of a (growing) zero-waste community, that means you. And me...
It’s an important date for the packaging industry and also, a brilliant focus for the world to come together and put the planet first. Recycling is an integral part of the climate change cycle and helps in promoting and protecting global sustainability.
These are the facts:
Recycling is projected to save over a billion tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2030 and has been acknowledged as the Seventh Resource upon which humanity depends for the supply of raw materials.
The importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet cannot be underestimated.
At CPPC, researching soft plastic recycling has been a focus of our work this year. After lengthy discussion with experts in this field we feel Mono-Material products that are L4 Soft Plastic Recyclable, are a much more sustainable solution for packaging certain products than other options available in the field that claim to be biodegradable or compostable, because this chain leaves no waste. We have been championing it as a solution for some of our clients and we are thrilled to announce that we’ve migrated our friends at Machina, and their brilliant coffee blends, across to new sustainable Mono-Material bio polymer LDPE coffee bags in this innovative new recyclable material.
Machina are one of the first brands to use this type of recyclable material in the UK for their coffee bags, and we couldn’t be prouder of working on this transition with them.
The reason it’s a big deal is this:
Recyclable bio-based carbon negative laminate can be recycled in #4 / soft plastic / LDPE (low-density polyethylene) recycling streams. In simple terms that means that the bags Machina now distribute their coffee in, can be recycled with soft plastics using the facilities available to you either locally, be that kerbside (depending on your local authority), or at supermarkets.
Where previously Machina’s packaging for their coffee was made of mixed material with low-density polyethylene, it has now become a whole lot easier to recycle. And there is no detriment to the freshness of their coffee, it keeps the quality of Machina’s blends tip top. AND the bags are carbon negative! And really close to our hearts at CPPC is the fact that these bags are also ocean waste friendly. Why does this matter?
The majority of plastic waste in our oceans comes from a handful of river systems in developing countries. The bag manufacturers that we have sourced for Machina support both collection and recycling depots in Indonesia and the Philippines. In turn this means that every item of packaging they produce, the equivalent amount of plastic waste is removed from the ocean which to our minds is bloody brilliant. If you’re interested in discussing sustainable new ways to package your products, we are here to help. We are always ahead of the game - as packaging producers we are really mindful of our responsibility to the environment and are always seeking solutions to pollution.
"CPPC has been hugely supportive in our drive to make Machina Coffee Roasters streamlined and eco-friendly as physically possible. This has ranged from fully recyclable soft plastic retail bags, to paper based premium boxes and 1KG shipping and 1KG bags. Their network and knowledge of current innovations has been integral to the progress we have made as an environmentally conscious business"
Machina Coffee Roasters
Packaging Innovations 2023
Just recovering from a whirlwind trip up to The NEC in Birmingham last week, to the annual Packaging Innovations Exhibition, where I hooked up with all the major players in the biz and listened to expert speakers share their thoughts on the future of our industry. A handful of my fab past and present collaborators were up there, including Roam, Neat and Rocco Chocolate, and there was a buzz about the packaging industry that I haven’t seen in a decade. New players, new commitments and bloody brilliant new ideas were in full flow. One really important topic of discussion was that serious investment is needed in the closed-loop recycling infrastructure in the UK in order to meet increased demand for recycled materials. Industry leaders are lobbying HMRC for funds generated from the Plastic Packaging Tax to be funnelled in this direction, as now is the perfect time and opportunity to build a world-beating recycling infrastructure here.
That way we as an industry can continue to grow this side of the business and provide high value, high-quality recycled materials to continue to reduce dependency on virgin materials. Here are my top faves from the exciting innovations I spied at The NEC. We make sure we are always in touch with new developing solutions and ideas, and so we are already working them into packaging solutions for our clients at CPPC.
1. Mono Material Coffee Pouches
As L4 soft plastic recycling streams increase the use of material such as low density polyethylene for mono material coffee pouches, we feel this gives the most all round and robust solution to this huge market for quality coffee…Look out for our collab with Machine Coffee here.
2. 100% Recyclable Valve
Also a development in mono material, Weener Plastics have created a fully recyclable dispensing closure for the food industry that can go into a standard recycling stream.They have managed to remove the silicon in this product without compromising the functionality. At all.
A recyclable rPET composite pack that enables UK food producers to switch from traditional polypropylene pouches and films. This product is also offering a 46% carbon footprint reduction on the hardware they have developed around this.
4. Prevented Ocean Plastic
Our good friends at Spectra Packaging have committed to manufacture all future PCR PET with Prevented Ocean Plastic as standard.
Evidence indicates that 80% of ocean plastic comes from land-based sources in developing coastal communities, so this global initiative targets plastic waste destined for the ocean BEFORE it gets there. “Our partnership with Bantam Materials, who run the POP programme, provides a clear and unified vision that looks beyond reactive answers with proactive solutions to ocean plastic waste. We passionately see this as a genuine vision to protect the environment for future generations.” Sales Director, Jonathan Powell
Happy Valentine's Day!
Happy Valentine’s Day Y’all.
Our current crush is Roam and their cheeky Valentine’s range. The All Night Long Kit is a personal fave and there’s also The Couple’s Kit, The Cupid Kit and The Roamance Kit. Behind the quirky names the brand has a serious sentiment, and that is to challenge stigmas around sex providing a range that supports what feels natural; to enable exploration with comfort and confidence. We are proud of our role in helping realise these creative gift sets, which feature gold foiled sleeves in GF Colorplan. Societal attitudes towards sex are changing, evidenced by the fact that mentions of “sexual wellness” grew 600% on Twitter between 2018 and 2021, and in 2021 the global sexual wellness market was valued at $80bn. One category report predicts it will rise to $120bn in 2030.
Long Live Roamance and Long Live Roam. We are thrilled to be working with this disruptor brand with its mission to reduce stigmas around sex, and to be part of the project to challenge stereotypes around sexual wellness by crafting stylish gift sets you’d be proud to be seen buying and giving.
CPPC x Kariwala
Happy Sustainable and Successful New Year. Success at CPPC towers doesn't just mean working with brilliant clients, getting exciting briefs and discovering innovative and sustainable packaging solutions. Success also means the positive impact we have along the way by creating work for people as we source our materials and products from around the globe. So we were thrilled to receive this email from Kariwala, who are our super-forward thinking textile suppliers in West Bengal in India. They are really proud of the work they create for people within their community, and I am especially proud of their approach to inclusivity. They run a tribal school committed to the empowerment of their ’tribal and rural brethren making them socially strong, educationally aware, economically vibrant and self-reliant along with their yearly eye clinics, factory temple and table tennis room (yes we have participated!)
They emailed to tell us:
'Your orders worth USD 2,424.00 created 51 person-days of jobs ! This was the direct impact! The local community thanks us, but in reality, thanks should go to you. We take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a valued customer in 2022'.
Christmas is coming!
Which is why, at CPPC towers, we are thrilled to craft super stylish and sustainable packaging for a number of our luxury clients. Smouldering and strong, blended to fill your home full of seasonal citrus scents, light AKT's signature SC.01 Orange Grove candle for instant festive feels. CPPC produced the amber-tinted and screen-printed glassware featuring AKT's chic branding. The candle is presented in a box made from deep-dyed colorplan card stocks by paper legends GF Smith, who have been obsessed with the simple beauty and limitless possibilities of paper for 135 years. The colorplan candle packaging is black gloss foiled and then finished with a black microflute liner to protect the candle and ensure you are gifting or receiving perfection.
We were thrilled to be tasked with sourcing the festive delivery, (not the Santa side of things) of two essential Christmas delights from our fab clients OTO in the form of these miniature dropper bottles. The challenge was to take their best-selling products and shrink them down for transformation to Christmas baubles, ready to hang on the tree. We maintained all the premium qualities of the original products by partnering with www.croxsons.com to produce a highly detailed, printed and foiled glass dropper bottle, in miniature, with a matt finish and matt pipette. The CBD infused Power Drops and Sleep Drops come in black or white sprayed bottles and the metallic hot stamp gives a premium look. We think they make the perfect Christmas pair. Power Drops for the energy needed to get through the festivities and Sleep Drops to gift the deep sleep needed to re-energise, get up and do it all over again.
We love working with Roam at CPPC, their innovative products and their gifts that keep on giving, so this festive makeover was our kind of brief. The task was to unitise their functional ecommerce packaging with 350gsm https://gfsmith.com colorplan sleeves in a variety of festive-themed colours. The seasonal greens, creams and golds, accented with red ribbons, were imprinted with full coverage glossy gold holiday messaging. The result is very Christmasy, but absolutely in Roam’s own signature feel, so their intimate and very stylish gifts are presented in premium seasonal packaging. Hit us up if you have any items that need an adapt for a special event or occasion. Our best ideas are not just for Christmas.
I like a trip to the beach with Barney and Frank as much as the next dog lover. The post-beach clean up, not so much. But our last grooming session was a dream as Barney and Frank trialled George Northwood’s new Undirty Dog Shampoo. It’s the luxury haircare brand’s first foray into doggy grooming. The result was the best doggy makeover ever, salon-fresh pooches with super soft coats.
CPPC were tasked with finding a recycled aluminium for Undirty Dog's packaging, to match the premium feel of the human haircare products.
Aluminium is the perfect packaging choice for so many products as it’s tough but light, easy to transport, but hard to damage. As one of the most plentiful resources on this planet, it’s a great sustainable choice as it’s also (almost) endlessly recyclable. And it’s eminently customisable, as we achieved here in conjunction with the skills of the team at Makefuture.
Maximum respect to George for creating this canine cleanser. And for his excellent taste in dogs!
5 years of CPPC!
The ups and downs, the highs and lows, from Mince pies to Lube - CPPC has had the pleasure of working with some of the most disruptive brands in the market right now and it’s already been 5 years. We started out as a packaging supplier, and we now have eyes on the full procurement piece for many of our client’s while we champion new trends and bring sustainability to the core of all the work we do. Here’s to many more projects and many more disruptions into new markets.
What we do – Health and beauty, beverage, pharma, cosmetics, confectionary, Homewares.
Paris Packaging Week
Post Covid it’s been great to start getting back out and meeting suppliers and client’s again face to face. Once again CPPC took the trip to PCD Paris Packaging week 2022 on the hunt for innovation and creative packaging solutions for our partners. As our brief for primary and secondary packaging has expanded over the years we find relevance in more and more areas of this event and it’s clear that sustainability is the major driver now across all sectors.
Reach out to find out more about what we saw, engaged with, and were inspired by.
Au revoir !
CPPC have been working with the team and Wild for a good few months now and it’s clear this is fast becoming one of the most disruptive personal care brands out there. Replacing conventional deodorants with a bio-based refill cartridge that slots into a premium aluminium case for ease of use and transport in your gym bag.
Much more to come from this brand and CPPC has worked across the brand portfolio in development and retail for both the primary and secondary pack.
CPPC x Namsû
CPPC x Roam
The move of the retail space to e-commerce has been accelerated at an incredible rate thanks to the pandemic but it has also created a brand new shop doorway that has pushed the creativity in this space. The “envelope” for what can be achieved with what is almost always a one-time use part of the packaging journey is innovative, exciting and in many cases very well considered.
CPPC x AKT
CPPC x Brutwax
The challenges are inevitable, supply and demand being the greatest of these. As we emerge from this challenging times, here at CPPC there is no doubt that this is now one of the first conversation points with any packaging development brief.
CPPC x Namsû
Here at CPPC towers Sustainability is always front and centre for us and our partners and as such infinitely recyclable substrates such as Aluminium and Glass are always a joy to work with. Treated correctly, and in conjunction with the right secondary packaging, these can almost become the closed loop productions we all hope for these days.
And this month is Global Recycling Day so let’s celebrate getting it right and keeping it simple, so everyone can keep these materials in use for years and years to come.
This month CPPC brings you the wonderful world of Roam, who exists to make the world a more sex positive place and to break down stigmas surrounding sex with 100% natural products for all.
Roam is 100% natural and only ever uses ingredients found in nature. All their products are vegan, they’re proudly
plant-based and cruelty free.
Roam is also sustainable with all their packaging being recyclable and made from 100% recycled materials.
By only using Fair Rubber in our condoms, Roam pays a premium to ensure rubber farmers can build a more sustainable future for their families.
Go to https://exploreroam.com to get involved and see the creative packaging solutions we have brought to the table (and the bedroom).
Everyone loves a candle at xmas but these really broke the mould. Brutwax is a London based company, creating hand-poured candles and other products, with a focus on Brutalist aesthetics.
The products take inspiration from the forms, textures and materials of Brutalist architecture and apply them to everyday home decor. Brutwax highlight the beauty of the architecture, which is often subject to criticism, by showing it in an entirely new light to a larger audience as a product they are familiar with.
Each candle is hand-poured using an all natural wax, with a crackling wooden wick, and comes with a hand-poured and hand finished base, using a specially formulated, high strength concrete. The candles are around 160mm tall and weigh roughly 750g.
Here at CPPC Ltd we paired the brands ethos on raw and industrial forms with the creation of a bespoke 0427 carton with contoured lines in heavy duty materials.
It's all in the blend.
How do we deliver on the three cornerstones of modern paper-making… performance, appeal and circularity?
It begins and ends with fibre.
The majority of the environmental impact for both recycled and virgin paper is attributable to the combustion of fuels for pulp and paper production. However, assuming best in class technology is used, the impacts from virgin and recycled paper are broadly similar.
But what if the reclaimed fibre comes from difficult to recycle, high-volume waste streams which would otherwise end up in landfill or incineration?
This was the fate of 2.5 billion single use coffee cups every year until 2013, when James Cropper pioneered the world’s first technology to extract the good quality paper fibre used in coffee cups, and upcycle it into beautiful, premium paper.
The upside is not only environmental. This is a powerful story for brands to tell their consumers.
But what about appearance? What about the look and feel; the experience of paper which is also crucial to the consumer brand experience?
With 175 years of premium paper-making knowledge behind, James Cropper know that expertise in fibre selection and colour application, alongside a bespoke approach to each product, allow them to create paper products which give valuable waste streams a second life while maximising performance and aesthetics.
CPPC recently took the #IspirstionStation to the lakes for a visit to the home of paper, James Cropper, to workshop an exciting bespoke paper project in conjunction with GF Smith and to get under the skin of the heart of the paper mill and how it operates. Along with their amazing strides into a more sustainable future working with repulping consumer waste we were also reminded of their great work for the Poppy appeal by producing all the rich and vivid colourfast paper for this amazing cause.
Keep watching for more news about the above project and a new blog each month.
CarbonQuota was formed to provide a better way to calculate the carbon impact of manufacturing. A way that minimises the use of averages, data from another country or out of date information. And a way that is led jointly by real industry experts and scientists.
Namsû are Carbon Measured Products soon to be carbon neutral thanks to CarbonQuota.
"Print businesses need to start with a baseline of their carbon emissions so they know where to focus for a carbon reduction programme. This baseline is a technical process that should be carried out and certified by companies like CarbonQuota. "
We can carbon footprint anything from a poster to a building and even a full end-to-end supply chain! The best place to start is the carbon footprint of what is under your direct control, before thinking about materials, distribution or what happens to your product at the end of its life – these can be done afterwards. Whilst many of our customers are printers, print managers and design agencies, we also deal with the mega-brands to help them drive carbon reduction programmes in their print supply chain. An operational carbon footprint starts with baselining from two years of carbon emissions as this allows for peaks and troughs from trading. We support this plan with a set of detailed recommendations to help the carbon reduction process for the next 12 months and repeat the project quarterly or annually to certify the reduction.
Co - Founder
120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry. 95% of this is thrown away after just one use. We are taking responsibility for the future of our products. Namsû products are packaged using our refill and recycle system. Unlike a refill pouch, our bottles are 100% kerbside recyclable. Whenever you use a refill, you use up to 60% less plastic than if you would have purchased a traditional bottle and pump. Refill more to save more.
A typical bottle of cleaner is 90% water and a whole lot of single use plastic. Neat was created to provide an alternative when caring for our homes. At neat, with the help of CPPC, we make beautiful cleaning products that perform brilliantly and cut down on waste. No single use plastic and no need to ship water around the world. Our vegan and cruelty free cleaning products have plant derived and biodegradable ingredients, are plastic free and made in Great Britain. Simply mix them with tap water in our reusable aluminium refill bottle for a great clean without the plastic waste.
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NOW IN STORE AT BOOTHS
" This product shows up the idiocy and heavy carbon burden of shipping around water in consumer products by simply being a brilliant alternative. Here you get only the concentrate in a little glass bottle to which you add water and decant into a reusable cleaning bottle made from aluminium with a trigger spray. The antibac refill is nicely scented (mango and fig) and just needs to be poured in carefully and mixed with 470ml of water from your tap. There is a range of three products, which are all you need for a clean home. The chemistry is not groundbreaking but the decluttering possibilities are as enticing as the decarbonising"
Lucy Siegle / The Times Weekend
"If only I had connected with Alex and the team at CPPC earlier... it would have saved me not only money but a whole lot of trouble. CPPC are a rare find with an incredible network and knowledge of the packaging and product development industry and can basically solve any packaging problem. Not only that but they do it with agility, great results and are a pleasure to work with"