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Plastic wrapping idea wins sustainability award

An envelope company has won an award for its use of a plastic wrapping system which reduces the need for conventional recyclable cardboard boxes.

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Heritage Envelopes introduced their Packmail system for bulk wrapping of envelopes, and other paper products which sees the product wrapped in plastic film

Blackburn-based Heritage Envelopes introduced their Packmail system for bulk wrapping of envelopes, and other paper products which sees the product wrapped in plastic film. The wrapping takes up less space than cardboard, meaning more products can be stored, palleted and transported thus potentially saving storage and transport costs.
The annual awards of the FTA (Flexographic Technical Association) marked the firm’s Packmail system with the Award for Sustainable Excellence this year. In 2017, Heritage Envelopes picked up an Honourable Mention in the industry event.

Over the last few months, Heritage Envelopes has been pushing the concept to customers pointing out the ease of opening the Packmail wrapping compared to the more bulky but traditional cardboard boxes. And the Lancashire company says the award will bring the system to the attention of businesses around the world.

All of this is not only good for the environment, but it translates to real operational cost savings for mailing companies

The firm says the reasons why firms should adopt the system is simple. In a statement Heritage Envelope says: “Packmail will reduce the needless waste of cardboard packaging. Furthermore, the tangible benefits of Packmail are far-reaching because mailing companies who use Packmail, reap the benefits of reduced handling, optimised storage and transportation, improved mailing efficiency and output, supported by reduced inserting machine downtime. All of this is not only good for the environment, but it translates to real operational cost savings for mailing companies – help which is welcomed by all mailing companies in what is a financially challenging industry.”

Established in 1986, and as part of the Mayer-Kuvert-network, the company says it is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of envelopes in the country making it one of the Approved Royal Mail envelope manufacturers. Heritage Envelopes has more than 30 machines producing and printing 2.5bn envelopes every year with a full range of printing facilities, including one colour to four colour-process, litho, flexo and pro-flex. The company manufacture a variety of envelopes including autoflat envelopes, bespoke envelopes and stock envelopes plus a range of plain envelopers in all the main sizes and styles.

The Packmail plastic wrapping can technically be recycled although it depends what recycling facilities are available. The firm says in a statement on their website: “We actively promote environmentally conscious practices, including the prevention of pollution.”



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