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TSI to celebrate businesses that help the environment

A press briefing and photo opportunity with examples of excessive packaging will take place at 12.30pm on Tuesday 24th June at the B&Q stand in the Bournemouth International Centre

Environmentally-conscious organisations that are helping to save the planet are set to be recognised by a new award, the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has announced.

The TSI Pack It In award aims to acknowledge the hard work done by businesses that are taking an environmentally responsible approach to packaging products.

Plans for the new prize, which is sponsored by B&Q, will be unveiled on June 24 at TSI's annual conference which is being held at the Bournemouth International Centre next week.

TSI wants trading standards professionals and members of the public to nominate organisations that they think deserve recognition.

Nominations could include organisations that have taken measures to minimise the amount of packaging used, optimised the packaging to reduce the environmental footprint of the entire product and packaging system, designed packaging that is safe and hygienic, included information on packaging which encourages consumers to handle used packaging in a responsible way, eliminated or minimised the presence of hazardous substances in packaging or have utilised used or recovered components to make packaging.

People who put forward an organisation for the award stand to receive a £250 B&Q gift card if their nomination is chosen as the overall winner.

Ellen Morgan, TSI lead officer for the environment, said: 'Whilst legislation goes part of the way to addressing green issues, much of the excellent work carried out by organisations is done on a voluntary basis which is why we wanted to introduce this award.

'Optimising the amount of packaging on a product is important because we need to cut the level of resources being thrown away which is, in turn, having damaging consequences for the environment.

'The Pack It In award will acknowledge an innovative company or organisation that the public believe has made outstanding achievements in packaging design and production.'

TSI Chief Executive Ron Gainsford said: 'Issues such as climate change and carbon reduction are rightly high on the political agenda at the moment and there has never been a more important time to reflect on the impact our actions have on the environment.

'Whether in the public or private sectors, concerned with waste collection, disposal and landfill or with reducing packaging costs and excess, our Trading Standards professionals are in the frontline.

'With many businesses and organisations now taking great strides to reduce their carbon footprint and become environmentally responsible, it is important these efforts are acknowledged.'

The judging panel for the award will be made up of the TSI, B&Q, the RSA, WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), INCPEN (Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment) and BERR's (Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) Sustainable Development Directorate.

The winner of the inaugural Pack It In award will be announced during TSI's National Consumer Week in November and will receive a trophy.

Anyone who would like to nominate an organisation for the award can do so by going to the Pack It In page on this website, filling in the form and returning it to TSI.

Notes to Editors

The national Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference 2008, organised by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) - a 'must' for consumer journalists!

The TSI-hosted annual Conference and Exhibition is the leading consumer affairs and trading standards event in Europe.

Conference 2008 is being held at Bournemouth International Centre from Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 June. The conference press office will be open from 8am on Monday 23 June (the day before the event starts) until 2pm on Thursday 26 June.

Journalists and photographers are welcome to attend but should contact the press office on 0845 608 9430 to arrange passes.

The Conference is hosted by TSI chairman Bryan Lewin.

Almost 2,000 people are attending the conference, including representatives from local and central government and those interested in fair trading, representatives of business and commerce, together with consumer organisations. This makes it an ideal place for consumer affairs journalists to mingle and make contacts!

Trading Standards Institute

The Trading Standards Institute has represented the interests of Trading Standards professionals for 120 years. We have a long and proud history of ensuring that the views of our members are well represented at the highest level of government, both nationally and internationally.

Our aim is to promote excellence and enhance the professionalism of our members in support of empowering and informing consumers, encouraging and working with honest businesses, targeting rogue traders and rogue trading practices and contributing to the health, welfare and wellbeing of citizens and communities.

TSI members are engaged in delivering frontline trading standards services in local authorities in response to 2 million consumer and business complaints and enquiries each year. They also support the delivery of new initiatives such as Consumer Direct, providing first point of contact practical consumer advice.

They also work in the business, consumer and central government sectors in promoting and influencing the safety, prosperity and enhancement of individuals and markets with a dependency on effective and professional trading standards contributions and interventions.