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DS Smith thinks outside the (bird) box

As part of the packaging producer’s global community programme, DS Smith is trialling the world’s first water-resistant, compostable bird boxes.

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Recycled cardboard bird boxes are being trialled

Made from recycled cardboard, the bird boxes are covered in a 100% recyclable and water-resistant coating so they can survive in outdoor environments.

DS Smith is already in talks with national charities, wildlife trusts and councils to discuss the possibility of donating these shelters as part of their mission to protect wildlife and encourage the growth of the UK’s bird population.

Greg Dawson, director of corporate affairs at DS Smith comments: “With our community programme, we are inspiring the next generation of inventors to think outside the box and redefine packaging for a changing world.

… we are inspiring the next generation of inventors to think outside the box and redefine packaging for a changing world

“From cardboard tents for the homeless, to toy trucks for disadvantaged children, DS Smith is always looking for opportunities to work with customers, consumers and charities to create something new and exciting that has a positive impact on the world around us.”

Responsible for over 250 global operations, the firm hopes to engage in local community programmes at 100% of its sites by 2020. Off the back of last year, DS Smith donated a number of recyclable cardboard tents to support 400 Scouts in Kent in a sponsored sleep-out, to help raise funds for homeless charity Porchlight.

Elsewhere in the business, DS Smith recently announced it had reached an agreement for the sale of two of its packaging businesses, one in France and one in Portugal, to International Paper for €63m (£54m).

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