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Fastway Aramex launches compostable packaging solution

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Leading New Zealand courier company Aramex, formerly Fastway Couriers, has introduced an environmental game changer to combat the use of hundreds of thousands of plastic parcels every day.

Fastway Aramex chief executive Scott Jenyns today launched a nationwide roll out of compostable packaging solutions of satchels, labels and bubble protection in partnership with The Better Packaging Co. following a successful trial with a honey retailer.

Mr Jenyns said the business had been looking for an eco-packaging solution that provides the consumer, the retailer and Aramex with an environmental alternative. Globally, Aramex set a target in 2016 of reducing its carbon footprint by 20 percent by 2020, It reached the target by 2017 and set a further 20 percent reduction target.

"The spotlight has been on plastic for some time and we’ve been searching for a green packaging solution that makes our courier drivers, our customers and their customers feel good about how they pack, deliver and receive their goods.

"Since supermarkets moved to plastic free bags, we’ve said that if they can do it, so can we and it’s been great to partner with an innovative New Zealand business to come up with compostable packaging solutions," he said.

Mr Jenyns said due to the explosion of e-commerce retail there has been a huge increase in delivering packages to residential properties, up by over 50 percent in the last two years. Globally 65 billion parcels are delivered every year.

"We have gone from a courier company that predominantly sent parcels from business to business to delivering over 60 percent of parcels to online shoppers at their homes. The number of parcels we now deliver has grown exponentially and up until now they have also been in plastic packaging.

Aramex will continue to offer its more traditional satchels, which have also been given an environmental overhaul. Manufactured using 80 percent recycled materials they are 100 percent recyclable and can be dropped off at key recycling points throughout New Zealand.

Aramex trialled compostable packaging solutions with honey business Manunui Honey based in Ohakune.

Manunui Honey’s Blake Cole was also searching for environmentally sustainable packaging for sending his popular range of honey products throughout New Zealand.

"I wanted to have as small an environmental footprint as possible and it was a relief to find two willing partners - the courier company in Aramex and Better Packaging Co and their compostable bag.

"Not only am I sending honey, but I’ve also used the bags in my own compost bin, and I am growing the biggest carrots in Ohakune.

Aramex has set up an online ordering system through its website for customers.

"This is a win-win for Aramex, but also our retail partners and their customers. It’s a feel-good solution for all of us."

The Better Packaging Co. founders, Rebecca Percasky and Kate Bezar, are thrilled to have Aramex and the courier company’s customers as partners.

Rebecca Percasky said, "Having Fastway commit to providing its customers with sustainable courier bag options speaks volumes. Our growth shows that there are many businesses not only in New Zealand, but internationally, that want to do the right thing. We are thrilled to partner with Aramex and congratulate them on their vision."

Kate Bezar said, "With eCommerce on the rise, we felt hugely motivated to provide sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic satchels. Our comPOST Packs are made from corn and non-toxic compostable resin and will biodegrade in just 90 days in a home compost or bokashi system. We estimate from March 2018 that we have saved over four million plastic bags and together with companies like Aramex, that number is about to take off."

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