Smurfit Kappa’s Yate corrugated packaging plant is continuing its support for a local environmental start up business RE:Potted. The RE:Potted team of entrepreneurs Andrew and Terry, who are supported by the Mencap Employment Service and South Gloucestershire Council’s Learning Disabilities Fund, set up their Pot Plant Recycling business at “Organic Blooms” in Latteridge, South Glos. in 2012.
Neither Andrew nor Terry had ever had a job before and are rising to the challenges that running their own business brings. As part of their business plan they needed a supplier of corrugated boxes to pack their recycled and freshly sterilised plastic plant pots for delivery to nurseries and plantsmen and who better to turn to than leading manufacturers of paper based packaging, Smurfit Kappa.
Sally Taylor, Sales Office Manager at Smurfit Kappa’s Yate factory takes up the story: “ As International members of Business In The Community, Smurfit Kappa takes considerable pride in helping groups from around our locations, and it was really great to meet Andrew and Terry when they came to our factory seeking our assistance. Their enthusiasm is highly infective and after a tour of our production facility, we were delighted to donate a supply of FSC certified cartons that are made from recycled paper fibres, to the two ‘dynamo’s’. Now, that Andrew and Terry have shown that they have the staying power to get to the point where they are able to pay themselves a wage, we feel incredibly proud of their achievements and are pleased to be capable to continue our support for the two of them”.
Mat Iles, South Gloucester Day Services, Employment Co-Ordinator for Mencap Employment Training Skills commented: “The small business that was started last year of recycling plastic plant pots has gone from strength to strength and we’re pleased to announce that its website has now gone live and tells the full story of how they got to where they are and even has an online ordering page!”.
Further information about RE:Potted’s success story, or to order a choice of recycled and fully sterilised potplants, visit www.repotted.co.uk
Notes to editors
Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading producers of paper-based packaging in the world, with around 41,000 employees in approximately 350 production sites across 32 countries and with a sales revenue of €7.3 bn in 2012.
Innovation, service and pro-activity towards customers, using sustainable resources, is our primary focus. This focus is enhanced through us being an integrated producer, with our packaging plants sourcing the major part of their raw materials from our own paper mills.
We are the European leader in paper-based packaging, operating in 21 countries selling products including corrugated, containerboard, bag-in-box, solidboard and solidboard packaging. We have a growing base in Eastern Europe in many of these product areas. We also have a key position in other product/market segments including graphicboard, MG paper and sack paper.
We are the only large scale pan regional player in the Americas, operating in 11 countries in total in North, Central and South America.