Sustainable Supply Chains

MHI operates in an industry that relies on paper, print and international delivery. Dependence is placed on lorries, vans, and air cargo to transport goods, including those that are produced on-site.  Therefore, to mitigate negative environmental impacts, MHI places a heavy focus on sustainable operations. By doing so we remain agile to industry changes, with the Triple Bottom Line theory at the core of our business model.

Consumers and businesses hold environmental credentials as a high contributor to their decision-making, but we are interested to see what sacrifices are made at each end of the supply chain to adhere to eco-friendly preferences. With this said, many organisations don’t use sustainable fulfilment and delivery partners, regardless of the high consumer demand for sustainable businesses. MHI can offer solutions to both ends of the supply chain through our specialist fulfilment and distribution services.

Let’s talk about packaging

Gone are the days when the purpose of packaging was solely for the protection of goods. Packaging creates first impressions and is the first thing that is revealed to the senses when receiving an item. However, as sustainability interests increase, focus is now placed on the credentials behind packing, be it an envelope, box, or wrap. Thanks to the increase in interest, recycled packaging is now becoming more commonly used, with this option becoming more and more cost-effective.

As a final mile carrier, MHI prioritises working with like-minded clients who use sustainable packaging, which is then supported through MHI’s sustainable distribution options. However, as the volume of recycling increases quicker than it can be processed, MHI are offering clients alternative sustainable options.

If recycling doesn’t work what should we do next?

To diminish the issues of global warming, households and businesses are pushing their recycling efforts. Nevertheless, it has lately been highlighted that recycling alone isn’t a solution for reducing how much plastic ends up as waste, with a recent news article indicating that only 12% of plastic is actually recycled in the UK.

As print & mail specialists, it’s in MHI’s best interest to keep up with industry demands to ensure this sector remains sustainable. This is in keeping with the statistic that 52% of UK adults favour products that contain less plastic in order to help improve recycling rates in the UK.

MHIs alternative to recycled packaging

To minimise the consumption of single-use plastic used at MHI, we follow a number of sustainable practices. These include the materials we use as well as within our processes and operations.  

We encourage all our clients who require their products to be wrapped to opt for our bio-wrap solution. This unique wrap is widely used by MHI protecting materials sent out. This enables the seamless distribution of magazines whilst reducing the environmental implications.

We have been committed to pioneering the latest technology in the bio-plastics and mailing arena. Over 10 years ago, MHI created Bio-wrap trial packs to be presented at tradeshows for one of the first biofilms created, showcasing the product to the world. Fast-forward to today and we are working with some inspiring innovators to find new technology and ways of creating bio-plastics.

The benefits of bio-Wrap

- 100% Compostable

- The CO2 produced from the composting process produces 33.1% fewer emissions than the breaking down of polyethylene (PE)

- 30% of the material is made using potato starch, utilising potatoes that are not dedicated to the food industry

- Water resistant – Although the starch is soluble, magazines are protected sufficiently.

- Capable of wrapping materials with a thickness of up to 58 Micron.


The next steps

59% of Millennials and Gen Z’s stated that they expect online retailers to provide environmentally friendly delivery alternatives by 2022 and beyond. In addition, 64% stated that they are more likely to purchase from a brand or retailer if it uses sustainable packaging.

How to make a positive impact

  • Support businesses who hold a sustainable ethos
  • Select the eco-friendly delivery options, even if this is slightly more expensive
  • Make more purchases from one retailer to reduce the logistical requirements
  • Recycle printed material
  • Opt for sustainable packing options

With final mile delivery choices and packaging now impacting consumer purchasing decisions, today is the time to ensure your eCommerce business is supported by a sustainable carrier.

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