Packaging & the environment

Helping you make the right packaging choices for your business.

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Hello and welcome,

Plastic packaging is in the news everywhere.

I bet like many you're confused about whether your current packaging or even any new packaging you are developing is the right choice.

Is biodegradable better than plastic?

Is compostable the future?

What is an oxodegradable?

Should you be putting everything in glass? Or metal? Or paper?

How do you continue to protect and preserve your product without causing harm to the environment with your packaging?

Well, to be honest there is no right or wrong answer, only an answer specific to your particular product.

In this course I give you the facts and tools so you can make informed decisions.

This course gives you a basic introduction to help you to understand more.

it's aimed at people new to packaging, as a refresher or working in a role where you have to influence packaging or discuss packaging. Whether you're an SME, entrepreneur looking at packaging for the first time or someone in marketing, PR, CSR, packaging, purchasing etc who is looking for advice on where to go next.

What will be included in the course:

  • An introduction to the background, history of packaging and the industry
  • Packaging and the environment - including packaging design, Circular Economy, New Plastics Economy, Ocean plastics etc.
  • How to ensure your packaging is devised with your customer and consumer needs in mind, including end of life.
  • workbooks to help you to determine how your packaging will be used and disposed of.
  • Check-sheets for developing your packaging.
  • Links to relevant external voluntary agreements, legislation, guides and workbooks.

What will you gain from doing this course?

On completion of this course you'll be able to ask the right questions to develop packaging with end of life in mind. You'll feel confident that you've making the correct decisions for your product and have the right answers to deliver your product to your customer and consumer whilst reducing your overall impact on the environment.

You'll be able to have meaningful conversations about future packaging choices for your organisation and help shape future strategy.

Advise and inform your consumers on packaging and its disposal.

Make a real difference with your packaging choices to move your business towards a more Circular, sustainable future for your packaging and product.

All of this content and more can be found in the Full packaging Course also available in the Packaging Academy.

"This module is a very comprehensive one with many interesting videos and documents. It helps to understand how to choose the right packaging materials and the importance of the packaging in our environment. Goes into the the details and focus on recycling, disposal methods, green materials (biodegredable), also talk about the Circular Economy, which all can help you to create sustainability. Highly recommended to everyone!"

- Viktor Papp, student on Introduction to Packaging Course

Your Instructor

Haulwen Nicholas
Haulwen Nicholas

I'm Haulwen Nicholas and i've been working in the Packaging Industry for over 18 years, in a variety of roles within the supply chain.

I've worked across all areas of the supply chain including;

Nice-Pak International in Flint which manufactures wet wipes =

Dairy Crest where i was part of the team that implemented the Cathedral City zip pack into the UK -

Wipak which is a flexible film manufacture where I was Technical Manager for 5 years -

WRAP - The waste resource action programme a NGO which leads initiatives to reduce waste - including the Courtauld Commitment and the Plastic Pact - here I worked with the retailers, brands, trade associations and packaging manufacturers -

Muller - where I was responsible for development of packaging and print across all of the sites across the whole of the UK -

I have a degree in Environmental Biology and have been instrumental in optimising packaging in all areas to reduce the packaging and resources needed and to reduce food waste.

I'm passionate about educating the next generation of packaging personnel to make the right packaging choices for the future Which is why over the last 3 years, I have led an industry consortium on education for the packaging industry.

In 2017 I won the Packaging News Outstanding contribution to the industry award for my voluntary work on packaging education.

Having left my role at Muller in 2017 I have set up my own business offering bespoke training and education for businesses & individuals.

For more information on my please go to

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts immediately​ and you can review at your own pace. You decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a refund on the areas of the course you haven't used.
Do I get a formal qualification?
No, there is no formal qualification but feel free to mention it on your CV and training records.

Thanks for taking the time to show an interest in course, I'd really love to have you on board. Remember this is a living breathing course so I'll keep adding to it all the time.

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