Packaging manufacturer Duo UK has become the world’s first manufacturer of ‘carbon negative’, 100 per cent sustainable mailing bags made from sugarcane.
Mailing bags are traditionally made from polyethylene (PE), derived from fossil fuels. The Green PE used in Duo UK’s alternative bags is derived from sugarcane, which captures and fixes CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows – meaning that it has a negative carbon footprint.
Each kilogram of Green PE saves 2.78g of CO2 when compared to the production of conventional PE.
The new mailing bags will be used by parcel delivery company myHermes. Although Green PE is already used in the production of many other packaging items, myHermes is the first brand to use it for mailing bags specifically.
“This is a massive global shift towards a more sustainable future for packaging”, said Anthony Brimelow, commercial director at Duo UK.
“We're seeing a strong increase in demand for environmentally sound products that don't upset ecosystems, driven partly from our clients' own corporate social responsibility policies and partly by clients reacting to their own customer demands.
“What is particularly impressive about Green PE is its environmental credentials extend all the way down the production chain – from the moment it begins to grow, it captures and fixes CO2 from the atmosphere. It's the future of polyethylene production and we're thrilled to be a part of it.”
Steve Bower, head of service development at myHermes, added: “We are extremely proud to become the first company, not just across the industry, but across the whole world, to offer our customers a carbon negative mailing bag.
“This revolutionary product illustrates myHermes' commitment to a sustainable future and we are delighted to partner with such an innovative company in Duo UK on this important initiative.”
The move away from unsustainable plastic packaging has already gathered pace in 2017. In January, more than 40 major organisations representing the entire global plastics industry endorsed an action plan to increase global reuse and recycling of plastic packaging to 70 per cent.