Blog By John Fleetwood

More from less – investing in sustainable materials

The pressure on resources has never been greater, driving business to produce more from less.  In turn, this creates opportunities for companies benefiting from this tailwind.  For example, Triodos Investment Management invests in DS Smith – a leading supplier of sustainable packaging. DS Smith’s core business is the manufacturing of corrugated packaging that is largely made of recycled material. In addition, the company manufactures paper and plastic packaging and provides recycling services.

Recycling is an important part of the company’s business model; roughly 88 per cent of the fibres used for the corrugated board is manufactured from recycled sources. By recycling the paper fibres in cardboard, the company saves over 360,000 trees being cut down every year.

Following recent trials, the company’s paper mill in Kent also has the capacity to recycle up to 2.5 billion coffee cups – that’s the amount we use in the UK every year.

However, some challenges remain because there needs to be improvements in the infrastructure to segregate and collect coffee cups from consumers all over the UK.  The company is, therefore, working with the coffee cup supply chain, policymakers, the recycling industry, and coffee lovers across the UK to build a sustainable, long-term recycling solution.

More from less

The attractions of DS Smith have not been lost on investors, and the stock is currently held by several of the funds in the Positive Pennine Portfolios including the Triodos Sustainable Equity, Triodos Sustainable Pioneer and Janus Henderson Sustainable Global Growth funds.

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These are the opinions of John Fleetwood and do not necessarily reflect those of Pennine Wealth Solutions. Investors should remember that the value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up. Investors may not recover what they invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Any mention of specific security should not be interpreted as a solicitation to buy or sell specific security.