Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is the first major air cargo industry company to begin converting the majority of plastic products used in its cargo handling operations over to the BioNatur Plastics line of sustainable products manufactured by M&G Packaging.
BioNatur Plastic is a growing line of biodegradable plastic products manufactured with proprietary formulations that make them the most sustainable plastic options available. Investing in the new products is part of WFS’ global sustainability programme.
“Worldwide Flight Services is excited to be the first major customer of these environmentally-friendly products in the air cargo industry,” said Mike Simpson, WFS’ Executive Vice President for the Americas.
“WFS uses the equivalent of more than 27 million plastic water bottles a year in protective plastic sheeting and wrap so with this commitment we can make a significant contribution to the environment. We are thrilled to finally have a product that ensures this plastic will not languish in a landfill for decades.”
BioNatur Plastic is manufactured with a blend of resins including traditional LDPE and a propriety, natural, plant-based biopolymer. The resulting blends are biodegradable in a landfill environment and significantly reduce fossil fuel-based plastic usage and greenhouse gas generation. Performance testing demonstrated the BioNatur product to have a long shelf life with higher strength and puncture-resistance than polyethylene plastic alone.
This proprietary blend also uses significantly less oil-based resin than current plastic products, using less material overall while maintaining or improving performance.
“M&G Packaging has always been a leader in developing ‘green’ products that the air cargo industry needs,” said M&G president Charles Rick.
“We’re proud to be the supplier chosen by WFS to help further its sustainability programme. It is taking the lead on this initiative to reduce the environmental impact of plastic waste.”
WFS is the world’s largest air cargo handler and one of the leading providers of ground handling and technical services, serving more than 270 airlines at 180 major airports in 22 countries on five continents.
With facilities all over the world, M&G Packaging has been serving the airfreight community for over 60 years with a complete line of packaging, shipping and TSA screening supplies. A leader in sustainable packaging, M&G is actively engaged in expanding their diverse product lines with the latest biodegradable and eco-friendly products.