Packaging firm digs deep for trees initiative

Manchester-headquartered packaging manufacturer Duo UK has planted 500 trees with charity City of Trees to support its pledge to meet Greater Manchester’s 2038 carbon neutral target.

Posted on 18 December 2019

 

Manchester-headquartered packaging manufacturer Duo UK has planted 500 trees with charity City of Trees to support its pledge to meet Greater Manchester’s 2038 carbon neutral target.

The company invested £5,000 as part of a partnership with City of Trees - which aims to plant a tree for every person living in Greater Manchester.

Staff and customers were invited to help plant the trees at nearby Abbott Community Primary School in Ancoats, creating a forest school area that will also serve as a barrier between the school playing field and the main road. Once complete, the new woodland will be home to 640 trees.

‘Simple decision’

“The company’s decision to support City of Trees was simple,” Duo UK brand director Zoe Brimelow said. “We wanted to contribute to creating more green space in the city, help address global warming as well as providing something for the school that will grow with its pupils. We’re proud of everyone’s efforts, helping to create a more sustainable future for the next generation.”

Lorraine Wilson, global packaging lead at N Brown Group plc, whose staff joined in the planting, added: “Duo invited us to take part in the tree planting day which has been a great success and left our team feeling really inspired. The initiative ties in to our approach to sustainability, all people, one planet, every product.”

Sustainability progress

In addition to helping City of Trees towards its own targets, the move also helps Duo UK with its commitment to meeting Greater Manchester’s zero carbon target. The company is the first UK manufacturer to produce mailing bags from sugarcane, and in 2015 launched its ‘DuoGreen’ platform to help customers create and adopt low impact packaging solutions.

Duo UK also offers a closed-loop recycling programme whereby it collects waste polythene from clients when it delivers new products and recycles it into new products. In 2019 the company saw a 387 per cent increase in the volume of waste material being collected and recycled, and a 140 per cent increase in businesses adopting the scheme.

 

 

Posted under Carbon Reduction and Other Manufacturing on 18 December 2019