Port Glasgow business helps firms reduce carbon footprint

Michael McLaren

PORT Glasgow-based McLaren Packaging has proved its green credentials by securing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation.

The firm, which specialises in whisky packaging, said the forest certification system allows consumers to identify, buy and use wood, paper and other forest products produced from “well-managed” forests and recycled materials.

Sales and marketing director Michael McLaren explained, “As a company we are environmentally-conscious and our goal is to source and produce premium packaging sustainably. As such, we are delighted to secure FSC accreditation, which demonstrates to our customers that we’re fully committed to the environment and to producing sustainable packaging.

“There is a trend towards buyers within the paper-based packaging sector requiring that suppliers have FSC accreditation as they seek to minimise their environmental impact and carbon footprint.

“All the materials that we source and produce are 100% recyclable. Indeed, all our paper waste is processed and compressed into a baler system and then removed and used as raw material for future corrugate board. We will continue to identify other opportunities for reaching that goal of producing premium packaging sustainably.”

McLaren recently completed what is claimed to be the “largest solar panel installation in Inverclyde”, with more than 400 panels fitted at its facility in Port Glasgow, producing around 66% of its power requirements.