A collage image showing how SeftonTransmail make an effort to keep the environment better using polythene.

How polythene is environmentally friendly

Everyone at Sefton Transmail was very excited about the launch of The New Fiver. As manufacturers of polythene we know what a bad rap plastic products get, but finally the world is starting to see how plastic and polythene products can benefit the environment! Even the Bank of England agrees that it has more benefits than paper with their switch to polymer bank notes.

How is polythene safer?

The New Fiver has several security features which make it even harder to counterfeit. These include the see-through window (not possible with paper) and the foil Elizabeth Tower which is gold on the front of the note and silver on the back.

Although it’s not necessary for polythene bags to have such high-tech security features your products are safer in a polythene bag because they are protected from elements, and if you chose to have a custom mailing bag you can have double glue lines & tamper evident seals. We also manufacturer cash bags which can be sequentially numbered to add an extra level of security. To find out more about these features follow this link to our custom mailing bags page.

How is polythene cleaner?

Polymer notes are better for the environment compared to the paper notes we’re accustomed to. This is because they last longer and so we have to print fewer notes, which means less energy is used in manufacturing and cash transportation. When a polymer note has reached the end of its life it will be recycled into new plastic products.

This is the case for polythene bags as well, they have a longer shelf life than paper and are more resilient to the elements. When they come to the end of their life we recycle then into a polymer blend which can then be extruded. We also offer a large range of products made from recycled polythene. Polythene envelopes allow a greater weight of insert to be housed in a water-proof and secure way. The weight of paper required to meet similar strength criteria is very much higher which causes additional costs and waste in the distribution chain. In addition, on a like-for-like weight basis, paper uses 100% more power to manufacture. If you are interested in the environment points of polythene checkout our environment page.

How is polythene stronger?

Each new polymer note is expected to last at least 2.5 times longer than the current paper notes. This is because polymer is stronger than paper so the notes can better withstand being repeatedly folded into wallets or scrunched up into pockets making them resistant to everyday wear and tear. They are also waterproof which in turn means they can be wiped.

This emphasizes the points made above about how polythene is more durable than paper. The same is true for polythene bags, they are much harder to tear and can withstand being thrown about by couriers as it’s incredibly durable.