This cuts out 10.8 million items of polyethylene a year. The paper wrap is carbon balanced and will offset an estimated 144 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions a year, says TI Media.
TI Media and Walstead UK worked closely with Westcolour to introduce a paper wrapping capability to the Bicester production site last year and following this, TI Media will now print all titles except three from this site, reducing transport in the supply chain and the carbon footprint of subscriber editions.
Tom Reynolds, Production director, TI Media, says: “We are immensely proud to be rolling out paper wrap for all our UK subscriber editions while being mindful not to shift the environmental impact from plastic to additional miles in the supply chain.
“However, it would be environmentally irresponsible to think our journey to a greener supply chain stops there. We are committed to working with our partners to explore innovations in eco-friendly materials and solutions that could prove viable for us.”
Prior to bringing wrapping inhouse at Bicester, this initiative would have increased the distance subscriber copies travelled to be packaged.
Jon Hearnden, group sales director, Walstead UK, says: “To take this project to this point in such a short space of time is extremely satisfying for all involved. It demonstrates what is possible through a close collaboration with our clients and meets the objectives for all key stakeholders around this extremely important topic of sustainability.”
While polyethylene is recyclable, says TI Media, it is more difficult for consumers to do so with few councils having the capability to offer kerbside recycling of this plastic. In addition to paper having a circular economy – meaning no waste – it is also more broadly recycled. The roll-out follows Country Life’s successful move to paper wrap in July 2019.
Air Business, who manages the wrapping contract with Walstead and Westcolour for TI Media as well as the delivery of TI Media’s UK subscriptions, has been instrumental in the successful move to paper wrap.
TI Media is actively engaged in a sector-wide re-examination of single-use plastics, including research into biodegradable plastics, through membership of the PPA’s Sustainability Action Group and has its own working group which reviews responsible packaging and sustainable supply chain practices.