UK-based thermoformed packaging company Leeds Vacuum Formers (LVF) has invested £100,000 in environmentally friendly initiatives and set aside an additional £90,000 for a second phase later this year.

LVF managing director Nigel Coates said that the company is trying to do everything within its means to reduce its environmental impact.

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"When it comes to green credentials the packaging industry doesn’t rate highly, tarred as it is with criticism about supposedly unnecessary amounts of packaging on various products," Coates added.

"If others in the packaging industry were to follow suit, or at least highlight what they’re already doing, then I’m sure the public perception of the industry would change significantly."

The company invested £80,000 in a 70kw solar panel system on the roof of its Hunslet Business Park headquarters in Leeds in 2013, and plans to upgrade the system to 150kw in a second phase this summer. It is also investing £20,000 in LED lighting for use throughout the company’s production and warehouse facilities and has earmarked an additional £10,000 for bringing the offices in line with the rest of the property.

The company already recycles close to 100% of waste material, and ensures that all products are made from rPET. It sources over 90% of its materials from within a 25-mile radius of Leeds.