Following a chance meeting between UBoC’s Tom Bliss and Samuel Grant Packaging’s Martin Harris at the Manufactured Yorkshire trade fair in 2016, the two organisations were delighted to announce a new collaboration which represented great news for both Samuel Grant Packaging’s customers and projects supported by UBoC.
The relationship soon flourished, with Samuel Grant Packaging kindly stepping up to the plate when funds were needed for the Terrific Tropical Trees project with a generous donation of £5,000 for our Tanzanian research forest in partnership with University of York.
The Samuel Grant Group is based in Leeds, where it was formed in 1891 by the great grandfather of current Directors Andrew and Matthew Grant. Today’s team is fully committed to helping companies reduce packaging waste and associated environmental footprints.
Under a new initiative developed with UBoC, Samuel Grant Group consultants will conduct free audits of clients’ packaging processes to identify potential packaging reductions, suggest leaner processes, standardise products, reduce deliveries, increase recycling, and reduce waste – thus saving both financial costs and CO2 emissions.
UBoC’s contribution will be to offer ways in which a percentage of these savings can be invested in environmental projects either in the UK, perhaps near the client’s premises for maximum PR advantage, or in tropical regions (where trees work about 10 times as hard at combating climate change, and UBoC projects provide lifelines for hard-pressed communities). Or they could support both at the same time through one of UBoC’s new Forest Twinning initiatives, thus helping to deliver additional benefits for all parties.
The new partnerships will deliver improved Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) credentials, help to further vital research into the carbon/climate cycle and offer offsetting for unavoidable carbon emissions produced by client businesses.
Andrew Grant, Managing Director of Samuel Grant Packaging commented; “We could not be more pleased that academia are recognising our efforts by joining forces with us to reinforce our message – many companies are using far too much packaging and their processes are wasting their time, money, and more importantly increasing their impact on the environment. We look forward to enabling our clients to reduce their impact, and also provide the link to enable them to involve themselves in the hugely worthwhile environmental research projects that Leeds University initiates.”
Professor Piers Forster, trustee of the United Bank of Carbon, and Director of the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds added, “Solving climate change requires urgent action. We are excited to work with Samuel Grant Packaging as it will help get Leeds’ academics out of their ivory towers to collaborate with businesses around the UK, working together to identify real world solutions. Finding a way to protect rainforest and help the climate, while also delivering business opportunities is an excellent idea.”
The Samuel Grant Group also includes Marmax Products Ltd, the UK’s the leading manufacturer of 100% recycled plastic, low maintenance outdoor furniture, planters, fencing and boardwalks.