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Keep pets and wildlife happy by reusing packaging in 5 ways

Our Animal Protector Awards may be all wrapped up for this year, but our passion for protection is always there.

For over 60 years, our teams at the RAJA Group have been developing and sourcing new ways to keep valuable products safe during transit. For the last two years we’ve used our winter campaign to pass this protection on to animals rather than products. In 2014, we helped Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital protect hedgehogs in our Home Safe Home campaign, raising over £350 and donating £200 worth of stationery to their offices.

With spring officially here (meteorologically speaking), we can all start doing our bit to protect wildlife in our gardens and enrich the lives of our pets, simply by re-purposing Rajapack products at home.

Hedgehog house from a cardboard box

All year round, these little creatures need a safe place to feed and get out of the rain and cold. The Co-op suggest getting a thick cardboard box about 30cm wide, 45cm deep and 30cm tall and cutting a 12cm wide hole in the box. You can attach a 30cm long entrance tunnel made from 10-13cm diameter drain pipe and put some air vent holes in the top of the box.

Then put dry leaves, straw or shredded newspaper inside and cover the top of the box with a bin bag that you’ve cut down each side or roof felting. Then tuck the box near a hedge or wall and cover the whole thing with leaves and soil. If possible, put the entrance facing south to keep cold northerly winds out.

In spring the hedgehogs will come out of hibernation hungry, so you can see if there are sources of slugs, grubs and worms near to your hedgehog house. You can also leave them water, dry cat biscuits, tinned cat or dog food, or dried mealworms. Do not leave milk and bread for them as this can make them very ill.

Bird nest box from a broken pallet

If you have a broken wooden pallet or off-cuts from another project, the deck boards across the top of a pallet are ideal for making a nest box. By following the design below you will make a safe nest for a declining species called house sparrows and you can help the British Trust for Ornithology track these birds by registering your nest box.

Birds nest

Design and tips courtesy of http://www.bbc.co.uk/breathingplaces/nest_box/

Remember:

  • Drainage holes are important for draining away liquid waste and rainwater
  • Don’t be tempted to add a perch. Predators may intimidate the birds and force the adult birds to leave
  • A coat of linseed oil will stop the wood drying out but is not essential. Wood preservatives are best avoided as some are poisonous. Don’t paint the box
  • A hinged lid allows you to clean the box easily but make sure it is fastened securely to stop magpies and squirrels raiding the nest.

Cardboard boxes for rabbits

Any spare cardboard boxes are ideal for your rabbit’s hutch. They love being protected so creating a small house (with a window and door for them to see out at all times) from a cardboard box and putting it inside your hutch gives them a good place to hide. Please remember that the ‘3 hop rule’ still applies and you shouldn’t put a cardboard box in the hutch that is too big. If they have a larger space to run around in the garden, leave some made-up cardboard boxes in different places; your rabbits love finding new places to feel safe in!

Shredded paper for gerbils, guinea pigs and hamsters

If you run out of straw or hay for your pet’s bedding, you can reuse shredded paper that’s left over from packaging or food hampers. It’s absorbent, warm and free! You can also tear up waste paper like used envelopes and newspaper, but make sure to use rough paper. Paper with a smooth coating may not offer enough insulation.

Postal tubes

Postal tubes from posters and certificates make great toys for cats, small dogs, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits and many more small animals. Simply cut them up with scissors or a small hacksaw and your pets will love running through them or chewing on them.Scratching post

You could also get crafty and create a scratching post for your cat. You’ll need a small piece of wood for the base, rope or thick string to wrap around the outside of the postal tube and a few tools.

 

Announcing our top 10 Animal Protectors

Whilst our nominators have been crossing their fingers, hoping that their good cause would be one of our incredible winners, our judges have been reading through entry after entry. It’s been an emotional week for them, reading heart-warming stories about selfless people and organisations.

Cat in packaging

Our 10 Animal Protectors have now been selected for their unwavering commitment to protecting vulnerable animals and for the huge difference their work makes. They have been told the good news and have chosen what they would like in their Reward Boxes.

Meet our remarkable Rajapack Animal Protectors

Ros Karamanth (Stepping Stones Rescue Centre)

Ros specialises in rescuing and rehoming pregnant cats and their kittens. Her nomination caught our attention because she has made a difference to so many cats and never turns away an animal in need! Well done Ros, keep up the great work!

Labrador Retriever Rescue Southern England (LRRSE)

This charity unites pure bred and Labrador Retriever crosses with loving new homes across the South of England. LRRSE does not have a rescue centre, kennelling facilities or offices. What’s more, they are self-funded and staffed entirely by volunteers who juggle their day jobs with rescue work. It was this commitment and passion for protecting Labradors that really impressed our judges. We hope their Reward Box goes some way to helping the volunteers continue their work.

Lakeland Trailhound Welfare (LTW)

Trailhounds (the ‘cross-country runners of dog racing’) have historically been deemed unsuitable as pets if no longer racing, or injured. Since the charity was set up 20 years ago, they have found new homes for over 1000 hounds and, through feedback from adoptive owners, have created a shift in the mind-set of the hound-trailing community, who are able to see their old hound settled and happy in their new home. Injured, retired and problem dogs are now referred to LTW, who work hard to find homes all over the UK. Our judges were most impressed by LTW’s education programme to prove that there is life after racing for ex working dogs.

Milnthorpe Kennels and Cattery

Started as a kennels and cattery, within 18 months they were approached by a local animal rescue charity to help them care for rescue dogs. With the policy that all dogs go home neutered, microchipped and vaccinated, over 600 dogs have been re-homed. The team also educate children in the area about animal welfare, microchipping and raise awareness of that fact that most animal crises are accompanied by a human crisis. Again, it was the educational work this organisation do that really stood out to our judges. By acting now they are preventing suffering in the future.

Gloria Muir (Hogles wood Hedgehog home)

Gloria nurses and cares for hedgehogs before releasing them back into the wild. Through her enduring enthusiasm and ‘super smile’, this amazing lady has inspired other people locally and internationally to take care of this declining species. We really admire this personal approach to protection, especially for an endangered species such as hedgehogs.

Dogs for Good

Through intensive training, Dogs for Good provide assistance dogs to help adults and children with physical disabilities and families with an autistic child. This support really does change lives and gives people their confidence and zest for life back. Well done Dogs for Good, and we hope your Reward Box helps you keep up the great work.

Alley Cats

This is a very small organisation that rescues abandoned kittens. They have just a handful of carers who foster the kittens until they are well enough to be adopted. Our judges really liked the fact that this charity not only protects kittens and changes their lives, they also bring joy to the lives of the carers.

HULA Animal Rescue

This small registered charity has rehomed thousands of unwanted domestic animals since it was founded in 1972. HULA relies on volunteers to help relieve suffering and distress by providing refuge and care until permanent homes can be found. It also provides advice to owners who are unable to cope due to a change in circumstances. This wonderful charity works tirelessly to make sure no animal is left homeless or in distress.

The Fox Project

This small charity works hard to care for foxes who have been injured or are unwell. They completely depend on the good will of animal lovers and look after the sick animal in their hospital before releasing it back to its natural habitats. Our judges were impressed by The Fox Project’s dedication to caring for these creatures.

 National Animal Welfare Trust Trindledown Farm

This organisation is dedicated exclusively to caring for animals ‘enjoying the twilight years of their lives’. Older animals make great companions, but often find themselves in a rescue centre because they have lost their elderly companion. NAWT care for these animals until a new home is found and really caught the eye of our judges because most of their fundraising is done by a dedicated crew of volunteers.

(Picture credit to Nicola Romagna)

Last call for Animal Protectors nominations!

Flea & worming treatments, leads, collars and toys for 2 dogs?

A winter rug, shampoo, hoof dressing and haylage net?

Litter trays, worming tablets for cats, boxes of dry and wet cut food, stretching posts?

A Rajapack Animal Protectors reward box worth £100 could go a long way to help a charity or organisation near you. So…

 

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Do you know someone who would really benefit from one of the prizes above? If you do, nominate them as a Rajapack Animal Protector before 31st January and they could win a brilliant Reward Box.

10 Reward Boxes to be won

It’s clear that Animal Protectors are busy, selfless people who really do give their all. With this in mind we’ve made sure that the prize for being our top 10 Animal Protectors will be practical as possible.

So we’re providing our winners with the objects they really need to either carry on their care or make their lives a little easier. We’ll call each winner and ask them what they would like, up to the value of £100. So whether they ask for a dog kennel and a play pen or a garden-full of hedgehog homes, our winners will not only enjoy the honour of being named an Animal Protector, they will also get a helping hand towards their invaluable work.

If you haven’t quite got round tosending us your nomination yet, please hurry. Nominations close at midnight on the 31st January.

The search is on for 10 Rajapack Animal Protectors!

This winter, people up and down the UK will be working hard to give vulnerable animals the food, shelter and care they need. To celebrate their great work, we’ve started to search for ten amazing people to be named Rajapack Animal Protectors!

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Our top Animal Protectors will win an exciting Reward Box. These special boxes will be tailored to the winner and filled with £100 worth of products to help them continue caring for animals. Inside could be anything from animal feed or wellies to scratching posts and grooming brushes; it’s up to our winners to decide which pet products can help them continue doing their fantastic work.

How do the awards work?

If you know a person or organisation who has gone out of their way to care for animals, then head over to the Animal Protectors nomination page and tell us why they deserve to win.

No creature is too great or small to need protection, so we’d love to hear stories about people who care for any animal from butterflies to bulldogs or birds of prey, however we can only accept entries for non-profit organisations. So you can nominate an individual, charity or sanctuary, but not a vet or pet groomer.

Rewarding protection

It may seem strange for a leading packaging company to honour Animal Protectors, but as our products are used to protect valuable items, we admire others who take protection as seriously as we do. Last winter we teamed up with Tiggywinkles, the world’s busiest wildlife hospital, to build Hector the hedgehog a house. We raised over £350 for the charity and also donated £220 worth of stationery to their busy offices. As part of our core values we look to always put something back into society and this is one way we can make a difference.

It’s easy to nominate your Animal Protector today

If you know someone who deserves a big thank you for their great work, why not take five minutes now to nominate them and make sure they get the recognition they deserve.

New Rajapack catalogue launched and it’s changing lives

September marks the launch of Rajapack UK’s new 312-page packaging catalogue. Inside will be over 280 brand new packaging solutions to ensure your products reach your customers safely, plus we’ll be including eco-friendly packaging alternatives to help your clients answer their customers’ growing demands for environmentally responsible packaging.

The catalogue is being delivered right now, so expect yours in the post any day. If you haven’t ordered from us before, click the banner below to request your free copy.

Request the new Rajapack catalogue

Choose eco-friendly packaging and together we can change lives

Along with fresh packaging ideas, the new catalogue also focuses on the belief that ‘Together we can change lives’. Built on two of Rajapack’s core values: environmental responsibility and supporting charitable causes, we’re launching an action programme for Women & the Environment.

Women and the Environment

By simply ordering from a selection of 12 eco-friendly products, our customers can help women across the globe. For every one of these products bought between September and February 2016, we’ll donate up to £3 to help fund five community projects around the world.

These projects help women living in countries such as Cuba, Togo, Mozambique, Myanmar and India, to grow their own produce and build better lives for themselves and their families.

As you order at rajapack.co.uk, you’ll see a running total of money raised, and the difference your order will make to women around the world.

You’ll find full details about this great Women & the Environment project in the new catalogue and on rajapack.co.uk, plus we’ll be publishing information and videos right here on the blog.

Maximise your sales with environmentally responsible packaging

With eco-friendly packaging fast becoming a key factor for your customers, over the coming months we’ll be posting a number of useful articles highlighting the best ways for your business to be environmentally responsible.

Plus, following the launch of RajaPrint, our online custom printing service and online chat, our live chat service to provide advice, we’ve been working on more tools that will make buying packaging online even easier. So keep an eye out for these new features on rajapack.co.uk

If you have any questions about any of the above, please give us a call on 0800 542 44 28.

Helping Communities – Celebrating International Women’s Day

The Raja-Daniele Marcovici Foundation

“The entire Raja Group marches for women’s rights!”

Raja Group employees marched for international women's day.

To help and support this year’s International Women’s Day, all employees across the 18 companies under the Raja Group umbrella have taken part in a week long mobilisation for Women’s rights.

All 1500 employees were given a free pedometer for the campaign, organised by the Raja-Daniele Marcovici Foundation, with the goal of achieving 15 million steps.

The attempt was made in support of the Life Project 4 Youth charity, which is currently helping young mothers in the slums of Manila and Jakarta. The charity helps young people living in these slums  build better futures for themselves and their families.

Since 2009, 500 young people have been supported by the Life Project 4 Youth, but with many living in vulnerable conditions in these slums, the charity is in vital need of help and support from organisations such as the Raja-Daniele Marcovici foundation.

That is why we are proud to announce that the Raja Group have incredibly met that goal of 15 million steps and therefore a generous donation of €15,000 has been gifted to the LP4Y by the foundation.

The Life Project 4 Youth charity at work.

This is an incredible amount of money for a charity which does such important work in some of the toughest environments in the world. To put it into context, 15 million steps between 1500 people equates to an average of 10,000 steps (5 miles) per person.

However, The Raja-Daniele Marcovici Foundation’s support of the Life Project 4 Youth charity has not started and finished with the March for Women’s Rights week. Since 2012, the foundation has supported two centres which specialise in the education and support of young, unmarried mothers.

In that time, the centres have helped over 50 young mothers to learn key entrepreneurial and production skills which will allow them to have control over their lives and build futures for themselves and help lift the communities out of poverty.

About the Raja-Daniele Marcovici Foundation 2006-2015

Founded in 2006 on the initiative of Daniele Kapel-Marcovici, CEO of the Raja Group, the Raja- Daniele Marcovici Foundation supports community projects for women in France and around the world. It campaigns for women’s rights, the fight against violence against women, education and training, professional and social integration.

To find out more about the work of the Life Project 4 Youth, watch the video below.

Tiggywinkles charity campaign comes to a close

We hope you’ve been following our Home Safe Home campaign over the last few weeks.  We’ve had a lot of fun building Hector’s mansion and raising money for such a worthwhile charity, but sadly all good things must come to an end.

As of today, the final total raised for Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital is a huge £351.46!

Thank you!

We’d like to say a big thank you to all our kind donors and everyone who’s followed our campaign on social media. We hit five targets giving Hector the hedgehog a house, sky dish, garage, garage extension and west wing extension.

Despite our £1,000 target being a little out of reach, our cardboard constructors were having so much fun that they went ahead and built the full mansion anyhow!

You can see all stages of our mansion building below:

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Whilst our charity campaign has come to a close, the work at Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital continues. When the nurses and veterinary surgeons are hard at work treating injured hedgehogs, birds and reptiles, the office team are busy keeping up with admin.

To help them out, we’ve also donated over £220 worth of stationery and packaging.

We hope you’ll continue to support Tiggywinkles and keep an eye out for our next charity campaign.

Hector’s mansion grows and so does our fundraising!

Since our last blog entry just three short days ago, we’ve had huge support for our Home Safe Home campaign!

We’ve now raised over £290 for Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital and our team of cardboard constructors have added a garage and garage extension to Hector’s mansion:

Hedgehog mansion stage 4

Hector’s cause has been a big hit on social media too and he’s even had a mention from comedienne, Pam Ayres.  We’d like to say a big thank you to all our kind donors and followers.

Help us support Tiggywinkles

This incredible charity is totally reliant on public generosity. Each year they treat over 10,000 hedgehogs, deer, badgers, foxes, wild birds and reptiles who have been injured, before releasing them back into the wild.

It’s great to see so much support for such a worthwhile charity and we’re really looking forward to seeing what next week holds.  Will we raise enough to give Hector a west wing extension?

We hope so!

A great start for our charity campaign – and Hector’s mansion!

It’s been an exciting few days since we launched our Home Safe Home campaign to support Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital. If you missed the launch, see it here.

Thanks to our generous donators we’ve raised over £100 already which means we’ve smashed our first and second milestones and Hector’s house has now got a sky dish!

Hedgehog mansion stage 2

The more we raise, the bigger the difference we can make

Tiggywinkles is completely reliant on donations from the public. Each year they treat over 10,000 sick or injured animals free of charge. Hedgehogs, badgers, deer, wild birds, foxes and reptiles are brought in by the public as casualties and the staff at Tiggywinkles nurse each one back to health before releasing them into the wild.

Please help by donating as much as you can

To help Tiggywinkles treat all their patients this winter, we want to raise £1,000. We’re donating packaging and we’d love you to help us reach our target. It’s quick and easy to make a donation at our Just Giving page.

As Hector’s mansion grows we’ll post updates our blog and you can see how much we’ve raised over on our website.

We’re raising money for wildlife this winter

As winter sets in across the UK we’re helping Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital to treat sick and injured hedgehogs at their most vulnerable.

We’re told cardboard boxes make warm, cosy places for hedgehogs to hibernate, so we’ve launched our Home Safe Home campaign to support Tiggywinkles. We’ll be donating £100 worth of packaging directly to charity to help sick and injured animals, and for a bit of fun we’re also building a cardboard mansion for Hector the Hedgehog and his friends.

As donations grow, so will Hector’s mansion

Throughout January, we’ll build a home for Hector using cardboard boxes and packaging tape. Every time we reach a fundraising milestone we’ll extend it, adding east and west wings, a swimming pool, tennis court and much more!

You can see the latest photos of the building works as it happens on the blog and our website.

Hector hedgehog

The more we raise, the bigger the difference we can make

Despite being the world’s busiest wildlife hospital, Tiggywinkles is completely reliant on donations from the public. Each year they treat over 10,000 sick or injured animals free of charge. Hedgehogs, badgers, deer, wild birds, foxes and reptiles are brought in by the public as casualties and the staff at Tiggywinkles nurse each one back to health before releasing them into the wild.

Please help by donating as much as you can

To help Tiggywinkles treat all their patients this winter, we want to raise £1,000. We’re donating £100 worth of packaging and we’d love you to help us reach our target. It’s quick and easy to make a donation at our Just Giving page.

We’ll be posting updates as Hector’s mansion grows. Keep checking our blog or see how much we’ve raised here.