Lakes, the showering space manufacturer, has been shortlisted for the UFEMAT ‘Packaging Awards’ after launching new recyclable packaging in March this year.

Lakes’ eco-friendly packaging initiative saw all plastic banding, carton stapling, plastic tape and polystyrene removed and, shortly after it was launched, Lakes achieved Carbon Neutral Standard based on a carbon emissions assessment.

Lakes Craig Smith and Olga Bloore

Lakes is one of five European merchants and manufacturers that have been shortlisted for the awards. The company will present their packaging to the judges at the UFEMAT Congress in Montreux, Switzerland on the 17th October, before the winner will is announced at a ceremony the following evening.

Operations Director Mick Evans says: “We weren’t aware of these awards until the BMF – a member of UFEMAT – alerted us to them. To be shortlisted at a European level is a great honour and fantastic recognition for our efforts. The design of our new packaging required months of research and development to ensure it worked well for the business and team, and also for the environment.”

“Our strapline #DesignedForLife underpins our focus, commitment and direction in all that we do,” adds Mike Tattam, Sales & Marketing Director. “Our products are designed for changing lifestyles, backed by a unique ‘no-quibble’ lifetime guarantee. Our new packaging is no exception, designed with the environment, our customers’ staff and installers in mind. It’s a superb achievement to be recognised in this way.”