Environmental protection has been at the heart of Mail Solutions philosophy for many years and we strive to ensure that our operations do not have a negative impact on the community.

Mail Solutions recognises and accepts its responsibility to the protection and conservation of the environment. We comply with all current environmental regulations, legislation and approved codes of practice relating to the processes and activities of the business.

Our certifications with FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) COC (Chain-Of-Custody) and ISO14001 illustrate that Mail Solutions has a proactive approach towards ensuring that the complete supply chain, from initial raw material to finished product, has a minimal impact on the environment.

To view the full list of our policies and certifications, please click here.

The Myths & Facts of Paper - Two Sides

Within the envelope and print industry one of the key raw materials we use is paper, a fully sustainable resource. However, there are suggestions that the paper industry is responsible for mass deforestation and has an adverse impact on the environment, which is not true.

The table below offers a quick insight to some of the misconceptions surrounding the industry, but also the real facts about paper production, use and recycling.

Myths Facts Did you know?
Making paper destroys forests No, in fact, the opposite is true European forests have grown by over 30% since 1950 and are increasing by 1.5million football pitches every year - an area four times the size of London.
Paper is bad for the environment No, paper is one of the few sustainable products A well managed forest, used and replanted, absorbs more carbon dioxide than a mature forest consisting of older trees.
Paper consumes a lot of energy Yes, but surprisingly less than you'd expect It takes 500 kilowatt-hours to produce 200kg of paper, the average amount each person uses yearly. This is the same as burning a 60w light bulb continuously for one year.
Paper has a high carbon footprint It's not as high as you think Producing 200kg of paper creates between 130-250kg of CO2. which is roughly equivalent to the CO2 produced by an average family car over a distance of 600miles.
Havesting new trees to make paper is bad No it isn't  Virgin fibre is always required to make recycled paper possible in the first place. 40% of new wood fibre is always needed to keep the global fibre cycle going.
Print and paper is a wasteful product No it isn't

The European recycling rates for paper increased to 72.2% in 2010. The highest ever recorded. The latest UK figures are 71%.

Source: Two Sides Ltd - Myths & Facts (August 2012)

For further information why envelopes and print are a practical and sustainable communications medium, please visit Two Sides website www.twosides.info.



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