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Antalis Packaging hands innovation role to Garner

The Antalis Packaging division of Antalis has appointed John Garner to the newly created role of head of innovation and design.

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John Garner was previously head of business development at Antalis Packaging

Garner, who previously served as head of business development at the business, will now work with customers to help them respond to environmental challenges, with a focus on research, collaboration and education.

Antalis says the appointment is in response to the increasingly complex needs of customers seeking to fulfil their growing requirement for packaging materials, while at the same time trying to improve the sustainability and carbon footprint of their businesses.

“I am passionate about the environment, but I am also very aware that what we have seen happen during the last couple of years is a hasty reaction against plastics, which is effectively shifting the burden elsewhere – there is quite a lot of greenwashing out there now,” Garner says. 

“Fibre-based products are recyclable so we won’t see them floating in the sea, but they come with a carbon impact of their own, which cannot be ignored.”

Garner will engage with a range of organisations and institutions such as universities, trade bodies and the CBI, to help lead and influence the debate around packaging and understand what can be done to minimise the impact of all aspects of the supply chain. 

I’m really excited about the job at hand; I am looking forward to having lots of straightforward, honest conversations with people from all areas

He will also work within Antalis to research and develop new substrates and explore new technologies to help customers to meet their business needs.  

“Reducing the carbon – and other – impacts of packaging and packaging operations, doesn’t always come down to the choice of packaging materials; there are other factors at play such as efficiency, right-sizing, and ensuring the packaging used will deliver the least environmental impact,” Garner says.

“I am also keen to share that plastic can actually be the most sustainable, low-carbon option; depending on the nature of a customer’s business, what is being packed, and where it is being sent.

“I’m really excited about the job at hand; I am looking forward to having lots of straightforward, honest conversations with people from all areas with a vested interest in ensuring packaging is as sustainable as it can be.”

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