Monday, 22 January 2024 10:57

HARVEY Maps Launches Sustainable Map Cases to Pave the Way for a Greener Future

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Since its inception in 1977, HARVEY Maps has been dedicated to providing outdoor enthusiasts with high-quality tools to explore and enjoy nature.

Acknowledging the responsibility to preserve the environment for future generations, HARVEY Maps takes the lead in innovative sustainability practices by introducing a groundbreaking change in its packaging strategy.

From 1st February HARVEY Maps will no longer supply maps in plastic sleeves, a move aimed at eliminating waste and reducing the environmental impact of single-use plastics. Instead, the company will introduce fully recyclable, non-laminated cardboard map sleeves for its renowned waterproof maps.  By making this strategic shift, HARVEY Maps estimates that it will prevent nearly 1 tonne of plastic from entering the economy each year. The new cardboard map sleeves are manufactured using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified uncoated card, sourced from responsibly managed forests. This ensures not only the sustainability of the packaging but also supports the preservation of vital ecosystems.

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In addition to the eco-friendly materials, the ink used in the printing process is biodegradable and fully recyclable. The adhesive used to finish the sleeves is energy-efficient and solvent-free, contributing to a truly environmentally conscious product.

Adam King, CEO.

“The move from plastic to card sleeves is the culmination of years of research and many prototypes to ensure our award-winning waterproof maps continue to be presented in the best way possible. I am immensely proud of our entire team – their desire to make a tangible difference to the environment, our operation and to improve our products for the right reasons is a credit to them all.

We have been acutely aware for a long time now that plastic sleeves have posed a challenge to us. Whilst they have presented the maps well and have been vital in how we have displayed our products in retail stores in the past, this alone was no reason not to press for a new and innovative, environmentally friendly solution. I look forward to working closely with all of our partners and customers as we continue forward with our commitment to sustainable best practice.”

This milestone is not the end of HARVEY Maps' sustainability journey. While the shift to cardboard sleeves is a significant step forward, the company remains committed to eliminating other single-use plastics from its operation and exploring innovative alternatives.