Duo Plastics Ltd trading as Duo UK
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- 2020 Innovation
Duo UK is proud to have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for its DuoOptipac mailing bag. This patented design is used internationally by ecommerce retailers and delivers fulfilment efficiencies and convenience for businesses and their customers.
Founded in 1988, the Manchester-based company is a leading manufacturer, consultant, supplier and distributor of packaging products worldwide. With more than 30 years’ experience, Duo UK’s team takes responsibility for driving and developing new sustainable packaging technology for the industry.
Its mixed model of manufacturing and sourcing products, combined with personal consulting expertise, has enabled the business to reduce the impact of its packaging on the planet, as well as help customers reach their environmental goals in accordance with their own sustainability strategies.
The DuoOptipac was invented and launched in 2016 to address a common problem faced by fulfilment warehouses and ecommerce retailers: how to save money on deliveries without compromising on the specification of the bag. The DuoOptipac mailing bag features an integrated carry handle which lies snug against the body of the bag, maintaining the original capacity but reducing the volumetric dimensions of the package.
The invention has been described as the fulfilment warehouse’s secret weapon: taking up less space on the conveyor belt system, increasing parcel throughput and reducing volumetric shipping prices without requiring any changes to the pick, pack and ship operation.
The patented design now represents 18% of total company sales and to date (April 2020), over 257,000,000 DuoOptipac mailing bags have been manufactured and sold by Duo UK.
Commercial director, Anthony Brimelow, said: “We invented the DuoOptipac mailing bag based on feedback from customers on escalating ecommerce fulfilment costs, along with demands from ecommerce shoppers for increased delivery options when there was a clear need for a new parcel style to fulfil this demand. He added: “We pride ourselves on our ability to adapt and innovate, now more than ever, and the honour of receiving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise is testament to the transformation that the DuoOptipac mailing bag has delivered to fulfillment warehouses and ecommerce businesses. We’re all extremely proud to receive such a prestigious accolade for this unique packaging innovation.”
As part of its commitment to help companies create and adopt sustainable, environmentally low impact packaging solutions; Duo UK is the first UK manufacturer to produce mailing bags from GreenPE – a thermoplastic sustainable resin made from sugar cane. This means the bags are both renewable and recyclable – each kilogram of Green PE produced saves 2.85kg of CO2 when compared to the production of conventional fossil-based polyethylene.
Duo UK also offers a closed-loop recycling programme, whereby it collects waste polythene from clients when delivering new products, recycles waste, and uses the recycled pellets in the production of new products. To date, the company has seen a 387% increase in the volume of waste material being collected and recycled, with a 140% increase in businesses adopting the scheme.
The business continues to lead on packaging innovation. In March 2020, Duo UK launched the Future of Packaging report, which presents the findings of its own in-depth research to identify the trends and challenges faced by industry now and in the next decade.