Traditionally, courier bags, or any other plastic bags, are made from polyethylene which is derived from fossil fuels. However, GreenPE’s polyethylene is derived from sugar cane – yet still retains exactly the same chemical properties and performance as traditional polyethylene.
Being made from Sugar cane, Green PE is also 100% sustainable, 100% recyclable and 100% carbon negative – meaning its production absorbs more carbon from the atmosphere than it puts into it. So overall it’s carbon footprint has a net benefit.
Let us explain how the process works…. *
Firstly, the sugar cane used in GreenPE is grown in Southern Brazil and cultivated in a socially responsible way. The sugar cane, through photosynthesis, then naturally absorbs carbon from the atmosphere right from the start.
Once fully grown, the sugar cane is crushed with most of the syrup produced used for regular sugar production, with the rest – traditionally a waste product – used to produce ethanol and eventually GreenPE polyethylene.
The production process is completely efficient too, with any waste by-products being used to re-fertilise the sugar cane fields or as a bio fuel for the Brazilian energy grid.
Once the polyethylene has been made, the product is shipped to our partner in the UK, Duo who produce the courier packs for Parcelforce. Duo is a real sustainability champion with over 30 years’ experience producing courier bags and is the UK’s first to use GreenPE.
The green credentials of our bags then include the entire production process in the UK, with Duo working towards their PAS2050 accreditation supported by Energy and Low Carbon Specialist, Envantage. This award assesses the total carbon footprint of the bags from the raw material to its final production (Cradle to Gate) and means that we can proudly claim our courier bags to be 100% carbon negative.**