Skem company beats global rivals to wrap up eco challenge win
A SKELMERSDALE-based packaging company beat competition from all over the world to win a prestigious eco challenge and the chance to team up with multinational retailer Marks and Spencer.
TrakRap which is situated in Gorsey Place, East Gillibrands, triumphed in the EcoPack Challenge after showcasing its low carbon aerosol packaging solution during a Dragons’ Den-style pitch.
The challenge is an annual competition held to find the world’s most sustainable new packaging innovations. This year a number of companies from around the globe were nominated with just six shortlisted to enter the final stages at the Packaging Innovations show in London.
An expert industry panel and the show’s voting audience awarded TrakRap the EcoPack 2019 title for its new Aerosol Pack, which the company describes as ‘a sustainable and safe packaging solution that significantly reduces energy, plastic and corrugate usage, helping users decrease their carbon footprints by as much as 70%’.
Designed for use by manufacturers of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) supplying supermarkets and retailers, the Aerosol Pack impressed judges with its ability to reduce packaging waste and improve industry safety by eliminating the use of heat from the packaging process, eradicating the risk of explosion which is present when using high temperatures to shrink-wrap plastic around highly inflammable aerosol cannisters. The removal of heat also makes the pack suitable for use with fresh and frozen foods.
TrakRap will now have the opportunity to work with Marks and Spencer, who sponsored the challenge, to drive sustainability benefits through the retailer’s supplier base.
Martin Leeming, CEO of TrakRap, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won the EcoPack Challenge, one of the packaging industry’s most sought-after accolades. It’s especially gratifying to have been chosen ahead of the other finalists, all of who put forward strong entries. To have been chosen by the audience vote,as well as the judges, is very pleasing too and needless to say we can’t wait to begin working with Marks and Spencer.
“Our goal at TrakRap is to lead the fight against climate change in the packaging industry by creating low-cost solutions that are sustainable and 100% recyclable, and that help our customers reduce their carbon footprint.”