Smurfit Kappa hails ‘remarkable’ start to year fuelled by online shopping boom

<p>Online shopping demand in the pandemic has fuelled Smurfit Kappa </p> (PA)

Online shopping demand in the pandemic has fuelled Smurfit Kappa


Paper prices have moved up sharply, packaging giant Smurfit Kappa said today after a “remarkable” start to the year fuelled by the online shopping boom.

Chief executive Tony Smurfit said his company had experienced strong corrugated volume growth “in practically every area and all markets in which we operate”.

The Dublin-based packaging giant revealed a 6% rise in underlying revenues to 2.3 billion euros (£2 billion) In the first quarter.

This has been accompanied by “unprecedented” industry wide shortages of supply and input cost pressures, with paper prices sharply higher.

The company’s packaging plants source most of their raw materials from the company’s own paper mills.

Smurfit reported an underlying margin of 17%, compared with 17.9% in the second half of 2020, and said it was recovering higher input costs in line with its expectations.

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8 best fashion rental services for a more sustainable shopping experience

We tried and tested these services for ease of delivery, the items available and how user-friendly the platform was   (Nuw)

We tried and tested these services for ease of delivery, the items available and how user-friendly the platform was (Nuw)

With Britons throwing away an estimated £140 million worth of clothing each year, there’s no denying that our rapacious shopping habits are harming the planet. As one of the most polluting industries, the fashion world needs to wake up to its sustainability problem.

If the stats unsettle you as much as they do us, and you’re frequently looking for the next best eco-friendly fashion initiative, allow us to introduce you to the realm of wardrobe rentals.

While these platforms have long since been part of the fashion dialogue across the pond, with Rent the Runway dominating the market in the US, the phenomenon is starting to take off in the UK too. So much so that data analytics company GlobalData predicts that the UK clothing rental market will be

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Reckoning with my online shopping guilt

A couple years ago, plagued by the creeping guilt I felt ordering package after package online, knowing deep down that half the haul would be sent right back, off to the mysterious abyss that is the returns warehouse, I made a vow to cut down on online shopping.

Then, I had a baby. In the blur of new motherhood, I was too exhausted to schlep to the store and lug diapers and wipes up the stairs to my apartment. I watched brown boxes stack up in my building’s lobby and tried to ignore the pit growing in my stomach, vague ideas of cardboard waste and shipping emissions swirling in my mind.

When the pandemic hit, shopping in person was not only less convenient, but a bona fide health threat. More brown boxes. More creeping guilt.

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7 Steps to Kick the Quarantine Online Shopping Habit

Shopping has never been easier. In a matter of moments, you can log onto your favorite online store, select a few items, and hit the checkout button. In a day or so, your package will arrive at your door.

It’s no wonder that the e-commerce industry is booming, with more and more people shopping online. In the past year, many people have stayed home due to COVID-19 and gained a lot more time with their screens.

For people who are prone to impulse buys, the combination of lockdown and the increasing availability of online retail can be a dangerous one.

It’s easy to see why online shopping might have boomed during quarantine. Many stores shut their doors, and health guidelines dictate that shoppers avoid unnecessary excursions.

As a result, online shopping has become a natural alternative to going to the mall.

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