What is Packshare?
Packshare is a new way of thinking about packaging.
With the rise of online shopping and mailorder, thousands of UK businesses are shipping products every day. These products need to be packaged to keep them safe, but as soon as they arrive at their destination – whether that’s another business or a consumer – the packaging is waste.
The result is that in every town in the UK, some businesses are buying in brand new packaging materials whilst others are paying to have the same materials taken away, and yet more households are putting their cardboard, jiffy bags and bubble wrap in their recycling and rubbish bins, while their next-door neighbours are selling things on eBay and having to buy the same materials in.
At Packshare we think that’s stupid. It’s bad business, it’s bad for the environment, and it’s ultimately depressing to think that we could sort it out if only we knew who needed what.
Packshare is a huge, searchable database of businesses around the UK who can reuse packaging. There’s a wide range of businesses, from independent high street shops, distributors, record labels, galleries, artists and craftspeople, Etsy stores, folksy sellers, eBayers, and online-only shops. This amazing community of businesses are actively reusing waste packaging from their local communities, and changing the way that the world thinks about packaging.
Registering your business is as easy as telling us who you are and what packaging you can use, and to donate packaging you just search by your postcode and what you have.
If you want to find out more about the ethos of Packshare, who we are and why we do what we do, take a look at our blog.
I’ve got packaging that I want to donate. What do I do?
There are no businesses signed up near me. What can I do?
Do I have to pay to register my business on Packshare?
I live outside the UK, can I use Packshare?
My business has lots of packaging waste. Can I list what we have so people know they can collect it?
Can I sign up to receive packaging even if I’m not a business?
I can’t find the packaging that I have on Packshare. What can I do?
How does it work?
- What do you do with your waste packaging?
- Do you pay to have it taken away?
- Why not give it to a local business who can reuse it?