Virtual seminar to put pay to over-packaging

A sustainable business consultancy is to hold a free online 'webinar' early next year to educate businesses about how tackling the issue of over-packaging can save money.

The virtual seminar, which will be held by Envirowise on 25 February, is aimed at helping product and packaging designers deal with rising material costs and increasing pressure to improve their environmental credentials.

Envirowise eco-design specialist Jenni Rosser said: "It is estimated that some 80% of the cost of a product and its packaging is set at the design stage, so the benefits of thinking about resource efficiency from the outset can be a win-win situation for both the environment and the bottom line."

The webinar will involve practical elements of eco-design including re-design exercises, comments from key stakeholders in the design industry and live re-design activity decided on the day by participants.

Mark Tosey, director at design agency Brightgreen, who took part in the last Envirowise eco-design webinar in October, said: "The webinar was a very useful and engaging tool to communicate some of the issues around sustainable design. All too often seminars tend to deliver in very general terms, whereas the webinar provided visual stimulus plus live discussion and debate. I 'm looking forward to the next webinar to see how the issues can be explored further."

For more information on the Envirowise eco-design webinars or to book your place, visit: www.envirowise.gov.uk/webinar or call the Envirowise Advice Line: 0800 585 794.