INTERNATIONAL. Aramex today announced it has successfully introduced eco-friendly courier bags across its global network.
The major initiative, which began at the start of the year, involved phasing out all plastic bags for its express courier dispatches, replacing them with new eco-friendly, bio-degradable pouches.
Supporting the use of alternative resources, the switch demonstrates Aramex’s commitment to reduce the use of plastic in its operations as part of a wider pledge towards environmentally sustainable business practices.
“Respecting the environment and caring for our communities are principles which are ingrained in the Aramex culture,” said Raji Hattar, Aramex Chief Sustainability and Compliance Officer.
“The switch to bio-degradable pouches is yet another step forward for us as we move towards the use of environmentally-friendly products in every aspect of our operations.”
It is estimated that polythene, the most common type of plastic, takes more than 100 years to break down, until which time it persists in landfill sites and pollutes the environmental landscape.
Made from recycled polythene, the new pouches include a special additive in the material which reduces the molecular weight of the polythene, accelerating the disintegration process without affecting the packages’ durability.
Encouraging recycling of all forms, Aramex also introduced an internal paper recycling project and recently launched a newspaper recycling project through Ruwwad, the company’s sustainable community development initiative.