3 May 2022

Menzies recycles HGV curtains into bags

Logistics group’s latest innovative environmental initiative


Menzies Distribution’s relentless drive for greater sustainability has taken an unlikely diversion into the world of bespoke, robust and water-repellent tote bags, rucksacks and toiletry bags.


The group is taking recycling to the next level, working with partners, including Aura Brand

Solutions to convert disused [PVC] side curtains from its largest vehicles into colourful, durable bags.


The waste is tested for upcyclability and processed in the UK before being shipped for manufacture. No Menzies-related branding remains visible on any bags and the first trial of this initiative will alone divert 17 tonnes of waste from landfill, potentially saving over 30 tonnes of CO2 from manufacturing and landfill. Material such as car seat belts and bicycle inner tubes have also been used in the construction of the bags.


This initiative follows Menzies’ move in December 2021 to become the UK’s first distribution

business specifying fully recyclable vehicle branding for its final mile vehicle fleet, helping to refine the logistics sector’s approach to modern livery.


Commenting on the initiative, Adam Purshall, Fleet & Procurement Director at Menzies, said:


“We’re delighted to continue finding new and exciting ways to achieve CO2 savings. Curtains-to-bags and the recyclable livery programme show that almost anything is possible when pursuing innovative routes to greater sustainability.”


Menzies has been recognised by its peers for its commitment to socially responsible and sustainable practices. The group was named Green Fleet of the Year for the second consecutive year at the What Van? Awards 2022, as well as winning Logistics UK’s Green Fleet Van Operator of the Year, the Unipart Logistics award for Sustainability at the Supply Chain Awards and a prize for Green Innovation at the Logistics Leadership Awards.

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