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Should You Use Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic In Your Business?

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Post-consumer recycled plastics are important for creating sustainable packaging and products across the world. In the post-consumer recycling process, used plastics from households and businesses are collected, cleaned, treated and made into new products.

The development of the post consumer recycling process means everyone – from parents to kids to businesses to retirees – can play an active role in reducing waste and positively impacting the environment.

But the system relies on businesses choosing to use post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics. And while recycling has become the standard in many households, lots of businesses aren’t yet taking advantage of PCR plastic. So is it the right choice for your company?

The Benefits Of Post-Consumer Recycled Plastics

Going green

There’s no doubt about it – using post consumer recycled products helps the planet. It means less plastic going to landfill, and fewer of Earth’s natural resources being used to create new virgin plastics. By using PCR plastic, you can be sure you’re doing your bit for the environment.

Going to market

It’s easy to market PCR products. Climate change and environmental issues have captured the global zeitgeist, so using post consumer recycled plastic is a great way to position yourself as a sustainability-focused business with its finger on the pulse. Half of digital consumers say that environmental issues impact their buying decisions – and with younger generations leading the way, this is likely to become more important in time.

Going for gold

Using post consumer recycled materials doesn’t break the bank. In fact, it can actually be cheaper to use PCR packaging than regular plastic bottles. So in terms of profitability and business planning, post consumer recycled packaging makes sense.

What’s not so great?

The limitations of PCR packaging are few and far between – PCR plastics are just as sturdy and resilient as virgin plastics. However, there are some cosmetic differences to regular plastics that businesses thinking of making the switch should be aware of.

PCR bottles don’t always have the crystal clear look that new plastic bottles have. They’re usually somewhere between a translucent stone and a cool grey colour. These neutral shades are easy on the eye, so they’re sure to integrate well with almost any brand.

Some PCR plastics aren’t suitable for storing food or drink products, so if you’re shopping for food-safe packaging, it’s important to check the credentials of your PCR bottle before you buy.

The Verdict On PCR Plastics

Post consumer recycled packaging benefits businesses, as well as helping the planet. It’s a cheap, sustainable alternative to virgin plastic – so whether you’re making homemade remedies on a small scale, or mass producing health and beauty products, using PCR products is a great way to do your bit for the environment.

All our PCR bottles are available with no minimum order, so brands of any size can buy as many as they need. If you’re looking for large quantities of recycled plastic bottles, we also offer discounts when you shop in wholesale amounts. Take a look at our full range to find your perfect PCR bottle.

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Creative Packaging Designs For Small Businesses

Creative Packaging Designs

Your business may be small, but that doesn’t mean you should compromise on the look of your products. Take a look at these creative packaging designs for inspiration for your next stunning product line.

Stylish Juice & Smoothie Branding

These bottles, designed by Lyon & Lyon, are stylish yet simple. The clean white space and irregular label shapes combine to offer an eye-catching bottle in an array of colours. The aluminium cap elevates the bottle from standard supermarket fare to gourmet health food status.

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Image courtesy of Grits & Grids.

Top tip: Use an offbeat label shape to make your product stand out. You can also use labels as tamper-evident seals, if your lids don’t have this functionality built in.

Jars For Homemade Jams & Preserves

These decorative jam jar labels are perfect for homemade preserves. If you’re giving them away as gifts or wedding favours, be inspired by these cute labels. The rustic patterned cloth lid covers add an extra homely flourish to your jars.

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Image courtesy of Whimsical Wonderland Weddings.

Top tip: Use a flat curved jar to make it really easy to apply your labels. This 125ml glass food jar is ideal.

Illustrated Beer Bottle Designs

These super fun beer bottles for Uruguayan brewery Birra Bizarra really tie the company name in with its branding. Designed by Mundial, each label has a cute circus character design to illustrate the various flavours.

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Image courtesy of Oh Beautiful Beer.

Top tip: Illustrations can give your brand a really unique flavour. It’s perfect for brands looking for a more premium creative packaging design.

Locally Designed Honey Jars

These adorable honey jars were designed by Michelle Rose Innes, a Welsh designer, for Welsh honey business Black Mountain Honey. The cute gold lid is perfect for honey, especially with the added honeycomb print.

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Image courtesy of Rose Innes Designs.

Top tip: A local designer can add a really personal touch to your products, which in turn will resonate with your customers. Research local artists who can transform the look of your product.

Minimalist Japanese Beer Brand

The simplicity of these beer bottle labels are sure to attract attention. Although the bottle colour is the same, the contrasting white label and the complementary red label offer vastly different looks.

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Image courtesy of Oh Beautiful Beer.

Top tip: Playing with colour can make a huge difference in your branding, especially if you favour a minimalist look to your labels. Try out different colours for denoting different product lines.

These creative packaging designs are perfect for small businesses looking to overhaul their brand identity. It’s also important to source a base bottle or jar that works with your design. We offer a huge range of versatile packaging products that work well with lots of different packaging designs and branding. Take a look at our packaging picks below.

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How To Store Homemade Jam

How To Store Homemade Jam

It may seem simple, but there’s a lot to remember when it comes to storing jams and preserves. You need to make sure your jam is set to the right consistency before you bottle it. You need to ensure your jars, lids and equipment are sterilised and secure. And you’ll definitely want to do everything you can to pack in the delicious tangy flavours of your preserves. To make things a little easier, here are our top tips for how to store homemade jam.

Sterilise Your Jars

From jam to honey to homebrew, the number one rule of all kinds of preserving is to sterilise your containers. Sterilising your jars prevents your homemade jam from becoming contaminated, which can cause bacteria to grow and make your jams spoil.

You can sterilise your jars in a number of ways. If you have a dishwasher, just run your jars and lids through on a hot rinse cycle. You can also boil them, or put them in the oven. Follow these easy steps for sterilising your jars.

Sterilise Everything Else

It’s not just your jars that need to be sparkling clean. Make sure all the equipment you’re using – including spoons, lids, and funnels – have all been sterilised before you start. You can use the same method as you used for your jars if your items are suitable for use over a certain temperature.

Test Your Jam

To keep your jam fresh for as long as possible, you need to jar it when it’s at its best. The perfect moment to pot your preserve is when it hits its setting point. The easiest way to check if your jam is at its setting point is to use a sugar thermometer to heat the jam to 105°C. If you don’t have a sugar thermometer, follow the instructions here to test your jam.

Jar Your Jam While It’s Hot

If you ladle your jam into your jars and close them while the jam is still hot, this can help keep bacteria out until you open the jar again. The heat forms a vacuum seal with the lid of the jar, which helps to keep bacteria out and flavour in.

Use The Right Jars

If you choose the right jars for storing your homemade jam, the whole process becomes a lot easier. For example, using a jar that’s suitable for hot fill means it’ll easily withstand the high heats needed to sterilise and fill it. Jam jars that come with metal twist-off lids don’t need to be used with a wax seal, so they can be a more cost-effective solution than other jar types.

Store In A Cool, Dark Place

You don’t need to store jams and preserves in the fridge. If they’ve been boiled and preserved in the right way, bacteria is unlikely to grow in the jar, so there’s no need to keep it chilled. Instead, store it in your kitchen cupboard. To make sure your jams stay free from contamination, always use a clean knife or spoon to dip into your jar.

With these top tips for how to store your homemade jam, you can keep your delicious preserves fresh and flavoursome for even longer!

If you’re still looking for jars for your homemade jams, we offer jars in lots of styles and sizes. Whether you’re giving away your jams as gifts, or just making the most of a seasonal glut of fruits, you’re sure to find the jar for you in our collection. All our glass jam jars are suitable for hot fill unless otherwise stated. Shop our picks below – or take a look at the full collection.

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55ml Hexagonal Jam Jar 314ml Orcio Jam Jar 150ml Glass Jam Jar