Mail provider Propack has produced its 50 millionth piece of Ethical Mail since launching the environmentally conscious project five years ago.

The company, which aims to minimise the environmental impact of print and mailing, says it has successfully removed 543,150kg of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the last four years by planting 14,000sqm of woodland.

The mailing specialist uses an extensive suite of print production equipment, including four Xerox Iridesses and two Ricoh toner presses. It invested in cut-sheet inkjet printing at the end of 2021 with the purchase of a Canon VarioPrint iX3200 inkjet press, to save time and reduce costs. It also made the switch to ‘white paper’ production to give greater flexibility to customers who require quicker turnarounds. Mail composition is driven by Pres Connect from Objectif Lune.

The company has ISO 14001 accreditation and uses papers made from sustainably managed sources via the FSC certification and in connection with The Woodland Trust, plants additional trees to minimise unavoidable carbon dioxide emissions connected with running the business. Ethical Mail, which operates from an eco-friendly factory in Huddersfield, has been adopted by a range of clients including AutoTrader, and charities Parkinson’s UK and Sue Ryder.

Managing director of Propack, Jason Clough, said, ‘I am so proud of our Ethical Mail offering and the progress our team has made over the last five years. 

‘Ethical Mail was born out of our desire and drive to be a fair, sustainable and ethical business. We are big believers of continuous improvement and are always exploring new avenues to improve our workflows, equipment and supply chains. 

‘Since 2018, we have created over 14,000 square metres of new native woodland in the UK – the equivalent of 70 tennis courts – to remove 543,150kg of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. None of this would have been possible without our clients, who have been incredibly receptive to the brand.’

Liz Thomas, head of individual giving at Farm Africa, added, ‘We opted for Propack’s Ethical Mail offering to support our fundraising activities as the ethics and values behind the scheme align perfectly with our own.

‘Being associated with the Ethical Mail brand highlights to our supporters that we are serious about our ethics in everything that we do. Working with a partner like Propack aligns with our vision of building the resilience of rural communities in eastern Africa.’