Farnell, the leading multi-channel distributor, has won another award for its unique biodegradable packaging. The Institute of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Sustainability Innovation Award is the fourth accolade the company has won within a period of eight months.
The innovative packaging first collected the Environmental Product/Service of the Year at the UK’s Sustainability Live Environment and Energy Awards in April this year. This was followed by the Green Organisation’s Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice and then the Contribution to Sustainability award, at Electronic Product Design Magazine’s e-Legacy Awards.
The packaging, which is capable of breaking down in an industrial composter, or dissolving simply in hot water, uses patented technology, exclusive to Farnell, to fully biodegrade without releasing any harmful chemicals into the environment, while offering the same level of component protection as standard static dissipative bags.
The IET Innovation Awards celebrate the products, technologies and processes that lead the way in engineering innovation. Spanning 15 categories, the awards were judged by engineering experts, who recognised the depth and breadth of innovative work being carried out across all areas of engineering and technology. The IET Sustainability Innovation Award category is the most all-encompassing of all of the Innovation in Engineering Awards. Farnell’s biodegradable bags were recognised for the scale of the impact that they can have on present and future generations, and for the integration of the solution into the company’s core business.
Commenting on the win, Steven Webb, Company Secretary and General Counsel at Premier Farnell, and the person in-charge of the company’s overall CSR policies, said: “As the only distributor in the electronics industry to have a comprehensive legislation portal on element14, we certainly lead the way as an innovative business. The four industry-leading awards presented to our innovative packaging over the last eight months is a testament to our sustainable commitments. As a business we have a significant focus on sustainability, we recycle over 80% of our own waste in the UK, and are working to extend that commitment and assist our customers in reducing the waste that they send to landfill.”