Hermes launches carbon negative parcel packaging

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myHermes, a subsidiary of B2C delivery provider Hermes UK, has become the first carrier globally to offer its customers the option of sending goods using carbon negative packaging.

Developed by Manchester-based packaging manufacturer Duo UK, the sustainable mailing bag utilizes a material called GreenPE, which is formed from sugarcane. Duo UK claims to be the only UK manufacturer currently using GreenPE.

The innovative product comes in two sizes, small (150mm x 290mm x 110mm) and medium (228mm x 305mm x 153mm). Both bags are 75 microns and feature strong seal and peel solutions.

The environmentally friendly product forms part of a new range of affordable packaging launched by myHermes for SME retailers and consumers. The new range of packaging also includes small (290mm x 150mm x 110mm) and medium-sized (305mm x 229mm x 153mm) cardboard boxes manufactured by FSC-certified suppliers. Each box is 20% stronger than the industry standard and includes a hot melt seal, which enables users to secure the boxes without any tape, as well as a tear strip system to open the box.

The items are available to buy at selected myHermes ParcelShops across the UK, as well as via myHermes’s online packaging store.

Steve Bower, head of service development, myHermes, said, “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’s commitment to a sustainable future.

“By launching this range of products via our ParcelShops and our online store, we are providing our valued customers with affordable and convenient access to high quality packaging solutions.”

Anthony Brimelow, commercial director, Duo UK, said, “To say we’re proud to be producing the world’s first carbon neutral mailing bag is an understatement – this is a massive global shift toward a more sustainable future for packaging and sustainable supply chains. myHermes is investing in much more than just a new style of mailing bag, using GreenPE to produce the new product means they’re also investing in a sustainable future for their business and their customers.”

Story by Dan Symonds

February 20, 2017

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