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Blending technological solutions with a growing eco-conscious consumer mind-set, COLOURFORM™ is the latest packaging innovation from the James Cropper group, which is making waves in the packaging industry. 

COLOURFORM™ is thermoformed, plastic-free, natural fibre packaging.  Easily recyclable and biodegradable, it is available in customised shapes, colours and textures. It has been developed in response to the needs of premium brands who want to offer a quality, unique and sustainable customer experience.  

To help brands realise the capabilities of COLOURFORM™, the team, including the most experienced craftsmen, colour scientists, engineers and sustainable innovators in the industry, developed Poise to inspire sustainable innovation in packaging. 

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Craig Marshall, COLOURFORM™ managing director, says: “As Poise demonstrates, the technology behind COLOURFORM™ allows us to challenge conventional packaging shapes and integrate a wide range of sophisticated functionality and features, including hinges and clasps for inner and outer packaging. With precision embossing and meshing capabilities, we can also build in patterns, imagery and typography which contribute to the brand narrative. You can even protect your signature colour with our colour matching expertise - we can match anything a customer brings to us. Every project we deliver is unique, making the possibilities endless.” 

COLOURFORM™ uses 100% natural renewable wood fibres from sustainably managed forests and high-quality recycled fibres from its own world-class reclaimed fibre plant, giving new life to waste from a variety of sources including used coffee cups.  

Craig Marshall continues: “There’s a new dawn of opportunity afoot for brands and we want to show them what it looks like. Packaging now needs to be both environmentally friendly and beautiful; the challenge for brands is to deliver against future thinking in order to meet consumer expectations. 

“Our goal is to innovate. COLOURFORM™ exists as a direct response to the needs of the market – it reconciles the need for sustainable packaging with the desire for premium and bespoke aesthetics. 

“We recently worked with a futurologist who predicted that as consumers mount pressure on brands to deliver sustainable alternatives, we will see a very rapid change in consumer behaviour.  Consumers will actively avoid products packaged in materials which cannot be easily recycled, or end their life in landfill. COLOURFORM™ is a great example of a step change that we should start to expect as standard.” 

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James Cropper is poised to present its expertise in the art of colour at Luxe Pack 2019. The specialist papermaker will bring its acclaimed colour lab experience to Monaco from its home in Kendal, in the English Lake District.  

The company’s master colour blender, Mark Starrs, and resident colour trend expert, Alison Rodwell, will showcase the incredible detail involved in the bespoke colour matching process via demonstrations exploring the process through which James Cropper has become the world’s foremost makers of coloured paper.   

James Cropper will also launch its Progressive Palettes report at the event. The report is the result of collaboration with designers from across a range of sectors and takes a deep dive into what’s driving colour trends now and in the future. Anyone who is interested can register for the report here ahead of time and pick up a hard copy at booth DB09.  

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Initial excerpts released from report findings indicate that in just a decade, the biggest driver of colour selection for branding and packaging has moved from fashion to social media, with technology predicted to become the biggest influence by 2030.    

Aligning with the theme for Luxe Pack 2019, the research also charts the rising role sustainability credentials will play in years to come, from the departure of using colours such as browns and greens in favour of broader palettes, to the intrinsic place sustainability agendas hold in packaging design briefs today.  

Stefan Pryor, packaging specialist says: “Our offering for Luxe Pack 2019 demonstrates two fundamental areas of our business; our expert colour capabilities and our game-changing work in the sustainability arena, which offers brands the opportunity to use high quality papers and plastic-free packaging incorporating circular design without compromising on beauty. 

“By picking up our Progressive Palettes report, those attending will gain a unique insight into the modern context of colour, while learning what is influencing design for brands from all categories now and in the future. It has been developed specifically for those striving to stay one step ahead, as the landscape we navigate and consumer expectations become more and more complex. 

“We’ve also chosen this year to unveil a brand new COLOURFORM™ demonstrator, further showcasing the extent to which plastic-free packaging can deliver. COLOURFORM is a unique combination of colour accuracy, 3D design possibilities and high-quality sustainable materials, all working together in harmony, to deliver a bespoke and premium brand experience.”  

James Cropper is a world-class advanced materials and paper products group, with an operational reach in over 50 countries.  Specialists in luxury papers, packaging and bespoke colour, the company provides a series of innovative plastic-free paper and packaging solutions which include its world-first CupCycling™ technology and COLOURFORM innovation, underpinned by an impressive colour lab holding around 4,000 live shade recipes and an archive of some 200,000 colours.   

The business is renowned globally for its dedicated responses to custom projects and its award-winning commitment to the highest standards of sustainability. 

About the campaign  

Research commissioned by James Cropper and conducted by Censuswide in March 2019 amongst 500 designers from a range of disciplines.  

Censuswide abide by and employ members of the Market Research Society which is based on the ESOMAR principles.  

About James Cropper   

James Cropper is a prestige paper innovator based in the English Lake District, supplying distinct, custom-made paper products to many of the world’s leading luxury brands, art galleries and designers.    

Throughout 173 years of high-quality paper production, the business has been carefully stewarded and nurtured by six generations of the Cropper family and is renowned globally for individual expertise in colour, dedicated responses to the most challenging custom projects and award-winning commitment to the highest standards of sustainability.     

James Cropper is a member of the Paper Cup Recovery & Recycling Group (PCRRG), a cross-industry group that exists to develop collection and recycling opportunities for paper cups and identify and support solutions that sustainably transform used paper cups into a valuable resource. For more information, visit www.pcrrg.uk

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James Cropper based in the English Lake District is celebrating after being named as a finalist for Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards, the UK’s longest running and most prestigious awards programme, championing responsible business in the UK and abroad.  

The awards champion the most inspiring businesses who are making a difference by taking action to build more inclusive workplaces, stronger communities and tackle our biggest environmental challenges.  

James Cropper has been named as a finalist for The UPS Environmental Sustainability Award for it’s CupCycling innovation – the world’s first method of upcycling used coffee cups.  

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Steve Adams, James Cropper managing director said:  

“We’re proud that our coffee cup recycling process, CupCycling, has been recognised by the BITC. We believe in helping brands introduce circular design, and we continually innovate to make sure they can do that, without compromising on high quality, beautiful packaging. We have worked tirelessly in collaboration with brands such as Selfridges, Costa and MacDonald’s, as well as waste management companies to create the infrastructure needed for circular design when it comes to coffee cups.  

“With 60million coffee cups upcycled into beautiful paper and packaging to date, and the capacity to do the same with 500million cups annually, we’re focussed on scaling our ability to create value from waste.”

Amanda Mackenzie, chief executive of Business in the Community, said:  

“Organisations which acknowledge their responsibility to society by evolving their business to be a sustainable one for the long term should be recognised and celebrated. We are proud of James Cropper who have been selected as a Responsible Business Awards 2019 finalist. Together, all the finalists are helping to make the UK the world leader in responsible business.” 

Today’s announcement coincides with the launch of Responsible Business in Action where Business in the Community will be sharing the very best insight and recognising great examples of impact in responsible business from 29 April right up until the Responsible Business Gala Dinner on 9 July. 

The winners of all ten categories, including the Responsible Business of the Year will be announced at the Responsible Business Gala Dinner at the Royal Albert Hall on 9 July, in front of 1,200 business leaders. The headline sponsors of the 2019 Responsible Business Awards are Barclays, Bupa, Fujitsu, Unipart, UPS, and Hogan Lovells as well as Lloyds Banking Group, the winner of the 2018 Responsible Business of the Year.  

To find out more about Responsible Business in Action visit https://www.bitc.org.uk/awards-events/responsiblebusinessinaction or search for the hashtag #ResponsibleBusinessInAction. 

For more information on the Awards visit www.bitc.org.uk/awards and follow @BITC on Twitter #BITCAwards.

About James Cropper  

James Cropper is a prestige paper innovator based in the English Lake District, supplying distinct, custom-made paper products to many of the world’s leading luxury brands, art galleries and designers.  

Throughout 173 years of high-quality paper production, the business has been carefully stewarded and nurtured by six generations of the Cropper family and is renowned globally for individual expertise in colour, dedicated responses to the most challenging custom projects and award-winning commitment to the highest standards of sustainability.   

James Cropper is a member of the Paper Cup Recovery & Recycling Group (PCRRG), a cross-industry group that exists to develop collection and recycling opportunities for paper cups and identify and support solutions that sustainably transform used paper cups into a valuable resource. For more information, visit www.pcrrg.uk

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Master papermaker, James Cropper, will sign the Waste to Wealth Commitment today at the Waste to Wealth Summit - an event convened by Business in the Community – The Prince’s Responsible Business Network. 

200 leaders from business, government, academia and civil society will gather at the event to tackle the challenges of climate change and the destruction of natural habitats by committing to actions in a Waste to Wealth Commitment. The Commitment will help to collectively double the nation’s resource productivity and reduce avoidable waste by 2030 (supercharging the UK Industrial Strategy’s 2050 targets).   

2018 11 22 103057The event, held today at Veolia Southwark’s integrated waste management facility in London, will be attended by the HRH The Prince of Wales where he will deliver a keynote address. The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will also deliver a speech in which he will detail how the government will support businesses which are stepping up to this challenge.  

James Cropper is one of over 40 Waste to Wealth Commitment signatories and is pledging to continue its work as a key innovator in the packaging and recycling industries, having already created world-first technologies. The papermaker’s unique CupCycling™technology - the world’s first process dedicated to upcycling disposable coffee cups – has seen 30 million coffee cups recycled to date. Instead of going to waste, the cups are turned into beautiful papers and consumer packaging. The process involves removing the tricky polyethylene coating that makes take-away cups waterproof, while preserving the precious paper fibres. 

Taking this process a step further, James Cropper’s latest innovation in plastic-free packaging – COLOURFORM™ – uses paper fibre from renewable forests, as well as used coffee cups to create plastic-free packaging. With over 173 years’ worth of experience in papermaking behind it, COLOURFORM was a natural evolution for James Cropper, offering brands, and in turn consumers, more choice. The packaging is 100 per cent renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, which means that even if it is not recycled, it breaks down without any harm to the environment.

Signing the Waste to Wealth Commitment recognises the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) conclusion from October 2018 that there is only 12 years to change the world’s relationship with the resources people use to avoid catastrophic climate change and restore the health of the environment.  The Waste to Wealth Commitment signatories are committing to the following actions: 

Set targets to improve the productivity of resources that are key for our business.    

Work collectively towards doubling the nation’s resource productivity and reduce avoidable waste by 2030, contributing in the way that is most relevant to their business. 

Redesign how resources are used in our products, services and operations. 

Collaborate across our organisations, value chains and sectors. 

Reconvene and report on progress annually to share learning and demonstrate results.  

Phil Wild, CEO at James Cropper, said:  

2018 11 22 103033“Earlier this year we hosted one of the BITC’s Seeing is Believing roundtables at our paper mill where our plastic-free packaging and coffee cup recycling processes were used as inspiration for discussion on what more businesses can do to create value from waste. We’ve developed these processes over a number of years because we recognise the need for brands to consider their packaging design and explore plastic-free alternatives.  

“To date, we have recycled 30 million coffee cups at our world-first CupCycling facility. However, we actually have the capacity to convert 500 million per year into papers for packaging, and effectively utilising this capacity is one of the key areas of focus as part of our commitment today.”

Gudrun Cartwright, environment director at Business in the Community, said: 

“James Cropper has demonstrated leadership and commitment to tackle systemic challenges by signing up to the Waste to Wealth Commitment.   

“2030 is a critical year if we are to ensure we have an environment in which business and communities can flourish. The risks of inaction are enormous, but so too are the opportunities that could be created from a prosperous and resilient, low carbon economy.  We must make the most out of precious resources, waste as little as possible and find ways of turning the waste we do create into new wealth. 

“We welcome other organisations to sign up to the Waste to Wealth Commitment and take action to solve this critical problem.” 

Based in the English Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage site, sustainability is at the heart of everything James Cropper does. It has a commitment to the highest standards of sustainability ranging from sourcing raw materials, to investment in renewable energy, and world-leading recycling innovation.

About James Cropper

James Cropper is a prestige paper innovator based in the English Lake District, supplying distinct, custom-made paper products to many of the world’s leading luxury brands, art galleries and designers. 

Throughout 173 years of high quality paper production, the business has been carefully stewarded and nurtured by six generations of the Cropper family and is renowned globally for individual expertise in colour, dedicated responses to the most challenging custom projects and award-winning commitment to the highest standards of sustainability. 

COLOURFORM™ moulded fibre packaging is the latest sustainable paper innovation from James Cropper. The plastic-free packaging is bespoke in terms of colour, shape, surface finish and functionality and is used across a wide range of product categories from cosmetics to consumer electronics.

James Cropper is a member of the Paper Cup Recovery & Recycling Group (PCRRG), a cross-industry group that exists to develop collection and recycling opportunities for paper cups and identify and support solutions that sustainably transform used paper cups into a valuable resource.

For more information, visit www.jamescropper.com

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British master papermaker James Cropper attended this year’s Luxe Pack New York and is using the opportunity to impress the US market with its expertise in creating black papers, as well as its latest innovations in sustainable paper packaging.

The premier trade show, took place on 16 and 17 May at Pier 92, James Cropper demonstrated its Tailor Made paper service, its collection of black papers for packaging, while introducing attendees to its award-winning CupCycling initiative and Colourform moulded fibre solution.

James Cropper works closely with clients to develop custom papers as part of its Tailor Made service. With colour expertise across the spectrum, its in-house colour lab holds recipes for over 50 shades of black alone.  The business will showcase examples of recent packaging projects that demonstrate its black capability at the show, including a unique solution for luxury online handbag retailer Zesh.

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In addition to its paper ranges, James Cropper will showcase its pioneering CupCycling initiative, which ‘upcycles’ used disposable cups, giving them another lease of life by transforming them into beautiful papers and packaging.  A great example of the work the business is doing to create value from this waste stream is the closed-loop collaboration with British retailer Selfridges, where cups from the brands own offices and retail outlets are transformed into paper for its iconic yellow shopping bags. 

The company will also be presenting Colourform plastic-free packaging that is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable.  Colourform provides all of the premium appeal that discerning consumers expect from packaging and demonstrates a significant environmental benefit when used in preference to plastic alternatives.  Made using 100 per cent renewable paper fibre from well managed forests and recycled coffee cups, it can be manufactured in any colour or shape, is fully recyclable with household paper and is naturally biodegradable – so if it is inadvertently discarded then it will leave no trace in the environment.

Colourform’s mission is to offer brands a sustainable packaging option for their products, without losing the excitement and quality of experience that outstanding packaging provides.  Every Colourform project is bespoke in terms of colour, shape, surface finish and functionality with the packaging used for a wide range of product categories from cosmetics to consumer electronics.  It is already used by environmentally conscious brands such as Lush handmade cosmetics and Floral Street fragrances.

Ivan Iannetta, USA sales manager at James Cropper, said: “It’s a really exciting year for James Cropper, particularly when it comes to our sustainable solutions for the luxury packaging market, and we look forward to demonstrating our expertise in this arena at Luxe Pack.

“Using our 173-year heritage, superior craftsmanship and innovative approach to paper production, we’re able to inspire creativity while helping brands to do their bit for the environment. CupCycling and Colourform are true examples of sustainability and ingenuity colliding and we can’t wait to see how they’re received at the show.”

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British master papermaker James Cropper is showcasing a selection of its most sustainable packaging solutions in the latest exhibition at London’s Museum of Brands. The new display – Packaging Innovation Series: Sustainable Packaging – is based at the museum in Notting Hill and opens in partnership with ThePackHub on Thursday 22 February 2018.

2018 02 27 091901Exploring the latest innovations in sustainable packaging, the exhibition presents the ideal opportunity for James Cropper to demonstrate its credentials in an area that has become a major challenge for brands and consumers alike.

Based in the English Lake District, James Cropper is renowned for providing custom-made, prestige papers and packaging for brands from a variety of sectors. On display at the museum are solutions developed for Selfridges, Lush, Floral Street and GF Smith – all created with sustainability at their core.

Both Selfridges and GF Smith have benefitted from James Cropper’s CupCycling™ technology – the world’s first recycling process dedicated to upcycling take-away cups and turning them into beautiful papers.

In a unique, closed-loop solution, Selfridges is recycling cups from its food hall and offices, with the resulting paper being used to create its iconic yellow shopping bags. Meanwhile, GF Smith has worked with James Cropper to create Extract, a range of papers available in 10 colours, with a minimum of five 8oz cups per sheet of 380gsm board.

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics worked with James Cropper 3D Products as part of the brand’s commitment to finding ethically sourced packaging that can either be reused, recycled or composted. Using COLOURFORM™, plastic-free packaging, the companies collaborated to create a bespoke piece of packaging for Lush’s solid bath oils. The end result is a unique product made from 100 per cent recycled coffee cup fibre.

New fine fragrance brand Floral Street has also used COLOURFORM™ to develop a striking and sustainable packaging solution in a sector notorious for plastic overuse. Bucking the trend of the typical lavish over-packaging used by existing brands, Floral Street opted instead for environmentally friendly elegance with a box made entirely from 100 per cent renewable natural wood fibres from well managed forests. This is a complete packaging solution made from one material which makes recycling very easy.

All of James Cropper’s products on display at the Museum of Brands are fully recyclable with household paper and naturally biodegradable, leaving no trace even if they do end up in landfill.

Matthew Miller, business director at James Cropper 3D Products, said: “Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact that certain materials and manufacturing methods are having on the environment. As a result, brands from all industries are looking for sustainable ways to package their products that don’t compromise on design or quality.

“This display shines a spotlight on the fantastic work brands are doing to limit their burden on the environment and we’re honoured to be a part of it.”

For more information about James Cropper’s innovation in the world of sustainable packaging, visit www.cupcycling.co.uk and www.colourformpackaging.com

About James Cropper

James Cropper is a prestige paper innovator based in the English Lake District, supplying distinct, custom-made paper products to many of the world’s leading luxury brands, art galleries and designers. Celebrating 170 years of high quality paper production in 2015, the business has been carefully stewarded and nurtured by six generations of the Cropper family and is renowned globally for individual expertise in colour, dedicated responses to the most challenging custom projects and award-winning commitment to the highest standards of sustainability.

A network of global sales and production facilities from Europe to the Far East provides local customer service to international clients, while its historic base in the village of Burneside retains nearly two centuries worth of papermaking expertise.

James Cropper is a member of the Paper Cup Recovery & Recycling Group (PCRRG), a cross-industry group that exists to develop collection and recycling opportunities for paper cups and identify and support solutions that sustainably transform used paper cups into a valuable resource. For more information, visit www.pcrrg.uk

About James Cropper 3D Products

  • James Cropper 3D Products (JC3DP), a subsidiary of James Cropper PLC, is the innovator behind COLOURFORM™, the next generation of sustainable moulded fibre packaging
  • COLOURFORM™ is made using 100 per cent renewable wood fibre from well managed forests, or alternatively from high quality recycled fibre from James Cropper’s own recycling plant. Both options are fully recyclable with household paper and are naturally biodegradable.
  • It can be manufactured in any colour or shape, with guaranteed consistency and a quality, tactile finish
  • COLOURFORM™ is helping global brands to enhance brand identity, product value and packaging integrity, while reducing environmental impact.

More information on www.colourformpackaging.com

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James Cropper 3D Products is set to join the debate on responsible packaging solutions at this year’s Sustainability in Packaging Europe conference, which takes place from 24 to 26 October in Barcelona.

The company’s business director, Matthew Miller, will be on the panel for the conference’s Packaging Design Q&A session, where he will be discussing the use of paper-based products and the interface between creativity and sustainability. He will join speakers including Coca Cola’s director of sustainability, Ulrike Sapiro, and Mars’ Europe public affairs manager, Juan Manuel Banez Romero.

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Sustainability in Packaging Europe is the only European packaging event designed to offer a 360 degree perspective on the key challenges and solutions the supply chain is faced with to evolve towards sustainable practices for packaging and a circular economy.

James Cropper 3D Products, a subsidiary of James Cropper PLC, is the innovator behind COLOURFORM™, a sustainable coloured moulded fibre packaging solution. The product is made from 100 per cent renewable, natural wood fibre from well managed forests and is fully recyclable with household paper. It is also naturally biodegradable, leaving no trace if it does end up in landfill.

Every product is custom-designed and made specifically to customer requirements, and can be manufactured to match any colour with guaranteed consistency and a quality, tactile finish.

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Matthew Miller, business director at James Cropper 3D Products, said: “Sustainability is one of the most important factors in packaging at the moment and will continue to be so, with brands putting ever more emphasis on their green credentials. With our background in paper and experience of creating innovative solutions to long-lasting environmental issues, such as overuse of plastic and disposal issues, we’re looking forward to taking part in such an important debate.

“With COLOURFORM™, we’re drawing on over 170 years of world-leading innovation in coloured paper and fibre products to provide a viable solution for the packaging industry that’s not only sustainable, but fully customisable and creative too. We’re sure it will be well received at the conference.”

The Packaging Design Q&A session takes place at 11:35am on 25 October at NH Collection Barcelona Tower.

For more information about COLOURFORM™, visit www.colourformpackaging.com

  • James Cropper 3D Products (JC3DP), a subsidiary of James Cropper PLC, is the innovator behind COLOURFORM™, the next generation of sustainable moulded fibre packaging
  • COLOURFORM™ is made using 100 per cent renewable wood fibre from well managed forests, is fully recyclable with household paper and is naturally biodegradable
  • It can be manufactured in any colour or shape, with guaranteed consistency and a quality, tactile finish
  • COLOURFORM™ is helping global brands to enhance brand identity, product value and packaging integrity, while reducing environmental impact.
  • More information on colourformpackaging.com
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James Cropper 3D Products is poised to revolutionize the sustainable packaging sector with the launch of COLOURFORM™, a renewable, recyclable and coloured moulded fibre packaging product that helps brands stand out sustainably.

Made from 100 per cent renewable, natural wood fibres from well-managed forests and high-quality recycled content from James Cropper’s own world-class recycling plant, COLOURFORM™ acts as a sustainable alternative to plastic and other packaging materials and aims to help brands reduce their carbon footprint.

COLOURFORM™ is easily recycled with household paper – and the precision embossing enables clear information to help consumers recycle appropriately. However, even if the customer chooses not to recycle and the product ends up in a landfill, it is naturally biodegradable and therefore leaves no trace whatsoever.

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Benefitting from over 170 years of world-leading innovation and expertise in coloured paper and fibre products, every product is designed and made specifically to customer requirements and can be manufactured to match any colour with guaranteed consistency and a quality, tactile finish.

Matthew Miller, business director at James Cropper 3D Products, said: “Sustainability is higher on the agenda of businesses than ever before, with consumer brands, in particular, looking to tackle the landfill crisis by sourcing more environmentally responsible ways to package their products. With COLOURFORM™, we’re allowing such companies to boost their ‘green’ credentials while helping end consumers to recycle easily – a huge milestone for packaging.”

James Cropper 3D Products works with world-class brands who are leading the way to a sustainable future with COLOURFORM™. Typical applications include box inserts to support, display and protect products, outer packaging, and packaging components.

Matthew added: “Historically, moulded fibre packaging has been rather prosaic and only available in a limited number of colours and textures. However, with our bespoke, design-engineered approach and exact colour matching capabilities, we can offer brands unrivaled quality, appeal, and design, which enables them to enhance their brand identity while reducing their environmental impact.

“Brands really do now have all the creative freedom they need to stand out sustainably.”

For more information about COLOURFORM™, please visit www.colourformpackaging.com

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 10:27

James Cropper launches cupcycling™ technology

Selfridges Go Full Circle in World First for Recycling

James Cropper is to reprocess disposable coffee cups collected by environmental solutions provider Veolia from Selfridges’ Oxford Street headquarters and stores, with the resulting paper being used to create the retailer’s iconic yellow shopping bags in a completely unique closed-loop recycling solution.

Once used, disposable cups from the food hall and offices at the department store will be ‘tipped, flipped and stacked’ – a process to ensure any remaining liquid is drained and the lid, sleeve and cup are separated. Veolia then undertakes a further separation process to guarantee all rogue items have been removed. The cups are checked for quality, then baled and delivered to paper manufacturer James Cropper for reprocessing at its innovative CupCycling plant.

The disposable cups will be upcycled into paper that will then be converted into the yellow shopping bags, with the final product containing 20 percent cup fibre, meaning one large bag will contain the equivalent of one 8oz cup. The remaining paper fibre will continue to be PEFC certified. The bags will display the CupCycling logo, verifying that the waste fibre has been processed through James Cropper’s unique facility, and after use will be able to be recycled in the standard paper waste stream.

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It is estimated that 2.5 billion paper cups are used in the UK each year. Until recently, these were unable to be recycled due to their polyethylene lining; however, James Cropper’s facility, which was opened by HM the Queen in 2013, possesses the technology to separate the two components. The paper fibre is rescued and turned into luxury papers and the polyethylene is recycled into products such as plastic tubing and cable wraps.

Chris Brant, director of retail projects and FM at Selfridges, said: “As part of our ‘Buying Better, Inspiring Change’ approach, we are constantly looking for new ways to make our business more efficient. One way we’re doing this is by reducing the amount of single use plastics we use. In 2015, as part of our Project Ocean campaign with the Zoological Society of London, we removed plastic carrier bags, microbeads from our beauty hall and single-use plastic cups and bottles from our stores and back of house. As we are already at zero waste to landfill, we are looking at further innovative ways to capture and treat recyclable materials.

“With our partners James Cropper and Veolia, we can take coffee cups, a waste product of ours, and transform them into our yellow kraft bags, thereby closing the loop on that particular waste stream. Not only that, but the bags can still be recycled for years to come. We’re proud to be the first retailer to upcycle our cups in this way. Our customers are becoming ever more aware of global waste issues and I think they will appreciate the story behind the bag.”

James Cropper will be showcasing its CupCycling solution at the Luxury Packaging Innovations event taking place in London in September, where its global packaging director, Susan Wilson, will take part in a panel discussion on ‘Packaging as Part of the Brand Story’. The discussion will be led by Vincent Villeger, a luxury packaging creative consultant and former director of packaging design at Burberry, with Susan being joined on stage by Abby Chicken, sustainability manager at Selfridges, for the Luxury Forum.

Steve Adams, managing director of James Cropper, said: “The fibre used to create paper cups is very high quality as only ‘virgin’ pulp is used to satisfy food contact requirements. Seeing this go to waste on such a huge scale is what inspired us to develop the technology to separate the two components. What we’re left with is material that’s virtually indistinguishable from fresh fibre and can therefore be used to create paper products of the highest quality, such as Selfridges’ bags.

“Our plant has so far recycled more than six million used cups – a figure that with partnerships like those with Selfridges, Veolia and others is expected to continue to rise. And we’re more than prepared to cope with such a boom, with the plant currently having the capacity to recycle 500 million paper cups each year. With CupCycling, we’re enabling brands to work with us towards a world that’s less wasteful and become part of a movement that has the potential to revolutionise paper cup recycling forever.”

Gavin Graveson, chief operating officer of public and commercial at Veolia UK, said:  “This is a great example to show how coffee cups are being reused as part of the circular economy. I’d like to take this opportunity to further encourage a mass collaboration between designers, manufacturers, vendors and consumers as we all have a part to play in making all of our packaging more environmentally friendly and ensuring our resources are kept in the loop for longer.”

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Monday, 04 September 2017 08:03

James Cropper in bloom at Turkish tulips exhibition

British master papermaker James Cropper has supplied paper for the Turkish Tulips exhibition at The Bowes museum, County Durham. The exhibition, which opened on the 29 July and will run until the 5 November, is showcasing a colourful origami tulip display made exclusively from James Cropper’s Vanguard range.

James Cropper has attended the exhibition on 24 August, taking along some handmade paper tulips, which were added to the museum’s display. The trail of tulips runs alongside over 30 contemporary artists’ work including Damien Hirst, Cornelia Parker, Gavin Turk and Sir Peter Blake.

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Vanguard, James Cropper’s most popular coloured paper range, lends itself well to an array of custom-made paper products due to its smooth uncoated surface and extensive collection of pastel and intense colours. The tulip-inspired shades for the display include the likes of Gold, Tangerine, Cherry, Raspberry, Jade and Purple.

The floral treasure trail at the exhibition winds through the grand halls of the Bowes Museum, delving into Britain’s historical relationship with Europe and the Middle East. Curated by Gavin Turk, Turkish Tulips is staged as part of the museum’s 125th anniversary celebrations and combines contemporary art with antique artefacts. Thought-provoking artworks are hidden among the collection, all of which illustrate the iconic flower.

Geoff Leech, art and framing director at James Cropper Paper, said: “Culture and heritage play a huge role in the Turkish Tulips exhibition and, with these being key values of our own, we’re honoured to play a part in its history. The display is incredibly colourful and we’re thrilled that the Bowes museum called upon our expertise to complete the exhibition.”

Based in the Lake District, James Cropper has long been associated with the world of art, providing high-quality British papers for many leading art galleries, designers, conservationists, artists, writers and poets. Currently in production is the new James Cropper Art Selector, which showcases many of the artist papers made at the historic mill.

Geoff added: “The James Cropper Art Selector is an exciting project for us as we celebrate all of the specialty artists’ papers created at our mill. Like the works of art they support, our papers truly stand the test of time and it’s great to see them brought together in this way.”

James Cropper will be showcasing its Art Selector at Packaging Innovations, which takes place on 13 and 14 September at Olympia, London. The company will be at stand H14.

For more information, visit www.jamescropper.com/

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