Online retailer switches to Duo UK plastic bags made from sugarcane

Online retailer SportPursuit is packaging its products in renewable and carbon-negative plastic mailing bags made from sugarcane and supplied by Duo UK.

The business has swapped all of its mailing bags made from the industry-standard polythene derived from finite fossil fuels for ones made from a biopolymer produced using sugarcane.

The biopolymer is produced by Braskem under the trade name I’m Green, also frequently referred to as GreenPE.

Mark Irwin, logistics coordinator at SportPursuit, said: “As a keen proponent of sustainability, I was really intrigued when I learned about plastic being made from sugarcane, especially as it provided the perfect ‘green’ solution to our packaging problem. Switching to sugarcane mailing bags is a fantastic way of using a sustainable resource to create a flexible pack that’s fit for purpose, without affecting our supply chain in the slightest.”

Anthony Brimelow, commercial director at Duo UK, said: “We’re thrilled that SportPursuit has adopted GreenPE mailing bags. By doing so, they’re helping to protect the planet in a pretty clever way. What’s more, it’s a drop-in solution, requiring no change to the manufacturing process, and the bags can also be recycled in our closed-loop recycling system.”

Duo UK said with 412,000,000 mailing bags are expected to be shipped in the UK this year, if these were made from GreenPE rather than virgin polythene 46,276 tonnes of CO2 would be saved, the equivalent of a car driving over 392 million kilometres.

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