Huddersfield mailing house ditches plastic-based window envelopes

Tom Prestwich

Huddersfield-based Adare SEC has become the UK’s first postal services provider to use 100 per cent recyclable and biodegradable window envelopes.

The company’s Adare Post service uses around 115 million envelopes a year to deliver clients communications for Allianz, Santander, and the RSPB, all of which previously included a plastic-based window – amounting to 30 tonnes of plastic landfill waste a year.

To address the issue, the integrated communications solutions provider has partnered with French envelope manufacturer Pocheco to convert to a fully recyclable and biodegradable product. The new envelopes, which are supplied by Pocheco to Adare Post’s exact specifications, retain a window, but it is made from pulp which is entirely biodegradable.

The move is part of the company’s wider corporate social responsibility objective of becoming one of the UK’s most sustainable communications solutions companies.

Adare SEC COO Tom Prestwich, said: “Continually improved sustainability is one of our key business objectives, and an ideal that is shared by our clients. By being the first communications solutions provider in the UK to use 100 per cent recyclable and biodegradable envelopes, our Adare Post service is leading the way in reducing the environmental impact of the postal process.

“We are totally committed to finding new and innovative ways to further enhance our sustainability. It is essential if we are to achieve our objective of becoming one of the world’s most sustainable communications solutions companies.”

The way the envelopes are delivered to Adare SEC’s sites also reduces the carbon footprint created by importing them from France by almost 60 per cent. This is because the envelopes are delivered in wooden crates that can be reused and most importantly stacked, reducing the number of journeys made from France to the UK from seven per month to just three.

Adare SEC is a leading provider of technology-led integrated communications solutions and has a turnover of £69.7m. The company employs 440 people, with 292 of them based in Huddersfield. In addition to Huddersfield, Adare SEC has additional facilities in Redditch, Worcestershire, and Nottingham.