Boxmore Packaging’s chief commercial officer David Drew was appointed to the Petco board of directors.
Commenting on his appointment, Drew says: ‘I’m excited by this opportunity. It sets an example to the rest of the plastic industry about how best to lead recycling and extended producer responsibility. As a business, Boxmore Packaging was a founding member of Petco, and my involvement affirms our partnership.’
‘It’s important for the company to be part of the process, as the industry is at a turning point. Pressure from government to drive recycling and create employment is growing, and the threat of a “packaging” tax is real. Petco has demonstrated that the industry can achieve these goals without intervention and hopefully provide an example of a viable alternative.’
Designing products for recycling and sustainable practices in manufacturing is about creating systems that don’t rely on grants or subsidies, as Drew explains: ‘The easier we make products to recycle, the more PET can be recycled and the cheaper it becomes. This starts with product design. As a converter we cannot always control what customers want, but we can influence and educate them about positive recycling-friendly choices.’