10th September 2019

Now wine bottles can be packaged more sustainably

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Wine lovers who receive bottles through the post can now pour a glass guilt-free, thanks to clever eco-packaging that doesn’t add to the current ocean plastic crisis.

Macfarlane Packaging, a Glasgow-based supplier of protective packaging, has come up with a clever plastic-free idea for sending bottles of wine.

Flexi-Hex® is an innovative 100 per cent plastic-free packaging system for retailers to post wine bottles safely, while being mindful of the environment and the ocean plastic epidemic.

It means polystyrene (a petroleum-based plastic) and bubble wrap are no longer a necessity to keep glass bottles safe during transit and that other methods are becoming available

Polystyrene and other non-recyclable plastics are a source of marine debris pollution and pose a serious hazard if they end up in the sea.

The environmentally friendly packaging has been created from recycled materials and happens to be biodegradable as well as completely plastic-free. It comprises a concertina-style honeycomb sleeve protector that expands to form a layer around bottles which is impact-free.

For eCommerce businesses, the pack includes a self-sealing pinch top postal box, which further protects by suspending the contents, preventing movement during transit.  It can also be used as gift packaging and can be branded to maximise brand impact.

Laurel Granville, marketing director for Macfarlane Packaging said: “Our customers expect packaging to not only protect their products but also to be environmentally friendly.

“Flexi-Hex® is a brilliant solution as it is not only 100 per cent plastic free – even the adhesive is water-based – but it’s kerbside recyclable too.   It is a perfect alternative to the popular polystyrene bottle packs as it protects from damage but is also easy to store and assemble.”

Macfarlane provides packaging and labels to a variety of sectors, with customers including Thermo Fisher, Peak Scientific, Johnson & Johnson and Selfridges.


The Acre Foundation, the charitable arm of Acre Resources, is currently fundraising for its forthcoming mighty trek through The Accursed Mountains, to raise money for Plastic Oceans UK.

A team of 12 from the recruitment firm will embark on their latest expedition on October 3, through The Accursed Mountains of the Albanian Alps.

Not for the faint-hearted, this particular charity challenge will see the Acre team reach more than 3,600m of elevation, as they trek 53km of mountain trails through Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro.

Acre Resources, which has offices in London and New York, has been organising charity challenges for the past six years. This year it has chosen to raise funds for Plastic Oceans UK for the second year running, to help it continue to research innovative solutions to solve the plastic pollution epidemic.

For more information about the Acre Foundation or if you would like to make a donation, please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/acrefoundation2019