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Project story waste

Project story waste

Reducing the environmental impact of envelopes

Public awareness about eco-friendly packaging is on the rise and European postal services are committed to supporting sustainability.

Even so, all so-called "secure" envelopes - those used for transporting valuables such as money, cheques or confidential documents - currently available on the Europe market are made from polyethylene, a high cost and environmentally-damaging plastic.

That is where the EU-funded SELLOPE project comes in.

The secure envelope market is set to undergo a recycling revolution, partly due to the public’s growing awareness of environmental issues. Inspired by EU efforts to promote products made from eco-friendly materials, this initiative seeks to replace non-ecological envelopes made from highly-polluting polyethylene plastic with paper, laminated with eco-plastic. SELLOPE improves environmental performance by cutting CO2 emission, diverting waste from landfills and promoting recycling and compostability.

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