JMP and the Environment
JMP understands the world is always evolving and reducing the burden on the environment that packaging can have is an important modern day concern.
We work closely with both our suppliers, our customers and our own staff to ensure all the processes involved with our day to day business take into account these environmental concerns.
As you can see from below we have introduced some intiatives within the different areas of our business that work towards reducing the overall footprint JMP and our customers have on the environment.
JMP has been supplying some of Australia's largest retailers for over a decade and work closely with these retailers to guide them towards their environmental goals such as Australian Packaging Covenant annual achievements.
Initiatives over the last few years include:
- Reduced one of JMP's largest customers raw material use in plastic and paper bags by 15-20% from November 2011.
- Regular workshops with customers targeting the downgauging and downsizing of products to reduce the amount of raw materials required for their packaging.
- Introduced and encouraged the use of reusable bags to many brands to replace some of their lightweight plastic bag use.
- Introduced and encouraged the use of bamboo paper to brands to replace virgin 'wood based' paper.
- Introduced AS4736:2006 certified biodegradable and compostable bio-plastic bags to customers such as IGA-Metcash. JMP as a result was accepted as a member of the Australasian Bioplastics Association.
- Introduced EPI's Totally Degradable Plastic additive to many non-degradable plastic bags sourced for our customers.
- Introduced Recycled PET bags to our customers. These bags are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.
- Introduced cotton, calico and jute bags to further promote the reuse and recycle concepts.
- Encourage the use of recycled paper over virgin art paper and paper twist or natural cotton handles to enhance recyclability.
- Demand the use of environmentally friendly inks and glues for all bags, paper or plastic.
- Encourage the use of recycled plastic being used in the extrusion process for our customer's plastic bags. Both 'pre' and 'post' recycled waste.
- Utilise best packaging methods when packing containers with our suppliers to maximise the space within and reduce the impact shipping has on the environment.
- Introduced a flat fold style gift box in order to maximise space in a container thus reducing the amount of 'air' shipped unnecessarily inside a container and wasting fuel doing so.
- Utilise best packaging methods when repacking pallets at our warehouse in Mordialloc in order to maximise the space within and reduce the impact storage and distribution has on the environment.
- Constantly look at ways to improve the labelling of products to encourage responsible disposal.
- All our factories are required to recycle any waste material that is collected during JMP production runs.
- Working with factories who offer vacuum sealing plastic bags as opposed to carton packing. Reduces material requirements and also offers up to 20% more shipping space.
Online Shopping and the packaging involved is relatively new and the scramble by etailers and suppliers alike to get a piece of the action has meant most have overlooked environmental
concerns when selecting suitable packing. JMP has not. Initiatives include:
- The eTailbag. The eTail courier bag has been designed with a returnable seal function. Now the consumer can easily and safely return the unwanted product back to the etailer by using
the most appropriate packaging, the original. By reusing the bag the consumer doesn't have to find a replacement piece of packaging, more often than not a larger piece, which of course requires
more resources to send it back. Because it is the most appropriate size, shape and material it reduces the risk of damaging the item within which is also important in terms of the environment as it
therefore does not need to be disposed of nor remade.
- Cheese Wedge shirt boxes. We have created a special cardboard box to reduce packaging size and freight space for garments with collars. Traditional cube type shaped boxes were previously used to
send large numbers of shirt type items nationwide and globally. Our angled cheese wedge shirt box reduces the packaging material requirement and freight space for the same task by 50%.
Industrial Packaging and Cargo Protection
JMP works with a wide range of Australian businesses large and small providing them with packaging products used predominantly in warehouse and distribution applications.
Environmental initiatives over the last few years include:
- Designed and sourced a plastic pallet to fit specifically in refrigerated containers to maximise space, increase product quantity within thus reducing the shipping impact per unit of product.
Adding up to 20% more packing space means fewer containers are required to export the same amount of product which of course means burning less fuel.
- Working with Enviro Pallets Bali to produce a pallet made out of 100% plastic litter. This pallet will take all types of plastic from the waste stream and also prevent large quantities of plastic
from ever entering the waste stream. World first technology is used in the process where the different types of plastic does not need to be sorted first, thus greatly reducing the resources required for this recycling process.
- Design, source and supply slipsheets made from recycled fibres or plastic. The use of slipsheets replaces the need for pallets and increases your shipping space. Slipsheets greatly reduce the resources required to make
pallets and also reduce the impact on the environment that the extra space a pallet requires in the distribution process. The use of slipsheets is saving thousands of trees being felled daily.
- Introduced a compressed wood pallet for domestic and export use. Compressed wood pallets are made from waste wood materials, reducing the impact on the environment by reusing waste product and preventing it from
going directly to landfill. It also reduces the requirement on fossil fuels for plastic pallets and felling tens of thousands of trees required for traditional wooden pallets.
- Introduced a rectangular shaped award winning Flexitank into the Australian market to encourage bulk shipments of liquid. Shipping in bulk allows for maximising space, again reducing the requirement on fuel to move product.
- Introduced a range of desiccant products for the export industry in order to protect their products, especially the outer carton from moisture damage. This has eliminated the need for replacement product and/or cartons at the
receivers end, thus reducing the packaging requirements and demands for our customers.
- Introduced a range of dunnage air bags which prevent products for moving during transportation, especially in the wine industry. Less damaged cartons and less damaged product means items do not have to be disposed
of or remade and reshipped, thus reducing their carbon footprint.
Other environmental areas of focus at JMP
It's not just the products we sell and design that we factor the environment into. We also look at the way our day to day business runs and how we can do it better for the environment and the
future of this planet. Initiatives over the last few years include:
- At JMP we use (and sell) A4 copy paper and toilet paper made from 100% bamboo pulp. Bamboo has many environmental benefits over traditional wood based products such as copy paper and toilet paper. We use this in
our Mordialloc operation and encourage our customers to use these products as well. We also encourage printing on both sides of the paper.
- As an importer we receive many products wrapped in plastic film. We collect and store all waste plastic and donate it to a local recycler, who uses it to make products such as slipsheets (mentioned above) which further benefit the environment.
- We also store and pay for all our recyclable cardboard to be taken away weekly for recycling and reuse.
- As Australia is a big country we have streamlined the storage and distribution of many our products through warehouses situated nationally. Shipments coming direct into these warehouses from overseas and transported locally
greatly reduce the impact on trucks transporting pallets nationally from our Victorian warehouse.
- We have actively and successfully managed to secure supply of some of our products from local manufacturers thus reducing our carbon footprint with regard to international freight.
- JMP has introduced a range of bio-plastic food trays in recent years. These are now used nationwide in supermarket chains such as Woolworths. These trays can reduce the requirement for traditional plastic as high as 80%.
- JMP has also introduced bio-plastic drinking cups, oyster trays and coffee lids to its range of bio-plastic disposable products.
- JMP shreds paper containing sensitive information and actually reuses the shredded paper as product protection when sending delicate packaging samples overseas.