EEF Member Duo UK – World’s First Manufacturer of Carbon Negative Mailing Bags

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The new mailing bags will be used by parcel delivery company myHermes.

Duo-UK-logoDuo UK, a Manchester based packaging manufacturer, supplier, and distributor that offers a range of polythene packaging solutions to the retail, mail order and e-commerce sectors, is producing the world’s first carbon negative, 100 percent sustainable mailing bag for parcel delivery company myHermes.

While most mailing bags are traditionally made from polyethylene derived from fossil fuel, Duo UK is using a material called Green PE, which is derived from sugarcane instead. This allows myHermes to offer their customers negative carbon footprint mailing bags.

The new material used by Duo UK is a step forward in the global shift towards sustainability and reducing the use of finite resources like fossil fuel.


GreenPE is used in the production of many packaging items, but myHermes is the first brand to use it to for mailing bags specifically and at an inclusion level which results in a carbon negative footprint.

Green PE is made from sugarcane, and it’s the process of photosynthesis as the plant grows that captures and fixes CO2 from the atmosphere and reduces greenhouse gas emission. Each kilogram of Green PE saves 2.78kg of CO2 when compared to the production of conventional fossil based polyethylene.

Anthony Brimelow, Duo UK’s Commercial Director, said:

“To say we’re proud to be producing the world’s first carbon negative mailing bag is an understatement”, “This is a massive global shift towards a more sustainable future for packaging and to be spearheading it is incredibly exciting.

“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.”

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