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Tubex Report Card 2021: 6.5 million trees protected and 150,000 tree shelters recycled

15 December 2021

Tubex Report Card 2021: 6.5 million trees protected by Tubex solutions, with more than 150,000 tree shelters recycled in 2021

  • The Tubex Collection & Recycling programme removed the equivalent of 21 tonnes of tree shelter material, which will be made into new tree shelters

  • The recycled content of Tubex tree shelters is now up to 35% – independent research shows tree shelters recycled at the end of life are the lowest environmental impact tree guarding solution

  • In 2021, Tubex Nature was launched, the UK’s first bio-based and biodegradable in nature shelter – a technological advance for companies and organisations looking to support tree planting 

LONDON – 15 December: Today, Tubex, the leading UK-based manufacturer of tree shelter solutions, has launched it’s 2021 report card revealing that more than 6.5 million trees were protected by Tubex tree shelters during the 2020/2021 planting season.

Other highlights from a successful year include the latest statistics from the Tubex Collection and Recycling Programme, the first of its kind to be launched in the UK earlier this year, with more than 150,000 tree shelters collected during 45 collections in its first year of full operation. That is the equivalent of 50 hectares of tree shelters with the resulting 21 tonnes of material being made into new shelters. 2021 also marked the launch of Tubex Nature, a biodegradable in nature product produced to help ensure saplings reach maturity, for those in the forestry and woodland management sectors with difficult terrains where collection would be challenging.

The figures revealed in today’s report come at an important time for tree planting across the nation, with the Government having pledged to plant 30,000 hectares of new trees each year by 2025. This ambition, coupled with a current sapling shortage for the 2022 planting season, mean tree shelters have never been more important for ensuring saplings have the best chance to establish into mature trees.

Looking further ahead, in 2022, Tubex is expecting to protect more than seven million new tree saplings before the 2021/2022 planting season draws to a close. In terms of product, Tubex is aiming for 50% recycled content in the tree shelter portfolio by the end of 2022, and there are plans to launch a biodegradable zip tie.

Discussing the launch of the report, Rhauan Young, Commercial Sales Leader for Tubex said, “Despite the challenges of the past 12 months more widely with COVID-19, 2021 has been a stellar year for Tubex. At a time when the restoration of beautiful British woodlands and environmental stewardship are rightly being heralded as the correct approach to tackling climate change, we’re very proud that 6.5 million trees are being protected by Tubex solutions.

“We are delighted with the results of our Collection & Recycling programme and the positive response we have gotten. We hope the collections continue to grow-year-on-year, ensuring that tree shelters are disposed of correctly and helping increase the percentage of recycled content in new Tubex tree shelters. We were also pleased to have been able to work closely with our customers to bring the innovative Tubex Nature to market – a biodegradable product developed to protect trees in hard-to-reach areas where collection is not possible.

“Looking toward 2022, we know that we’ll be working hand-in-glove with our customers to develop new ways to help nurture the trees of tomorrow, and have already set ourselves the target of ensuring our tree shelters will be made from a minimum of 50% recycled content in time for the next planting season.”

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About Tubex:

Tubex are creators, innovators and industry pioneers in tree shelter solutions worldwide. Tubex’s shelters provide an improved micro-climate for growth, assisting with the establishment of stronger roots and leading to higher survival rates. Tubex was established in the 1970’s as a specialist plastic extruder, with its first tree shelters produced in the early 1980’s. Tubex quickly became the most popular on the market, selling well in both the UK and overseas.

Tubex is a brand owned by Berry Global, who create innovative packaging and engineered products that make life better for people and the planet. Berry Global leverage their unmatched global capabilities, sustainability leadership, and deep innovation expertise to serve customers of all sizes around the world. They partner with customers to develop, design, and manufacture innovative products with an eye toward the circular economy.

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