Bringing a sustainable lens to fundraising packs

How we helped Macmillan make their Challenge Packs more sustainable

The national charity Macmillan Cancer Support is on a mission to give the best possible care to those with cancer. They carry out multiple fundraising activities as part of that mission, including sending out fundraising packs across the country.

Macmillan recently approached Linney to review whether their Challenge fundraising packs could be more sustainable and cost-effective. As a champion of sustainable innovation, we were delighted to help Macmillan find an alternative solution that maintained the overall quality whilst also matching the current expectations for the packs.  

Macmillan challenge packs

Finding a flexible solution

With three variations of the packs, each with a different combination of collateral to send out depending on the fundraising event discipline, it was important that the end solution still offered flexibility when fulfilling the pack. 

Our solution was to look at ways to reduce the amount of bespoke collateral sent out as part of the packs. Typical collateral added to the pack included a personalised letter, fundraising pack, and kit items (often bespoke to a particular fundraising campaign, such as t-shirts and iron-on numbers). The fundraising pack alone had more than five pieces of paper included in an A4 folder.

The revised versions of the packs included three options, all with a significant reduction in the amount of paper collateral used:

Option 1 - a standalone A6 postcard

Option 2 and 3 - an A6 postcard and up to 10 kit items

The revised pack designs continue to offer Macmillan the flexibility to add bespoke kit items dependent on the requirements of the fundraising campaign.

Looking up at a canopy of trees

Finding a more environmentally friendly packaging solution

With Macmillan keen to ensure the packs were more sustainable, we looked for more environmentally friendly packaging that would still deliver well to the end customer. Previously all the challenge packs were sent out in plastic poly bags. Instead, we proposed biodegradable poly bags and compostable poly bags that would have less impact on the environment when no longer in use.

The environmental impacts

Macmillan accepted the revised pack options, and in doing so, in 2021, they have saved 4.3 tonnes of paper per annum. Changing option 1 to a communication piece requiring no packaging has reduced overall outer packaging requirements by 23%! This has given Macmillan a cost saving of £10,500 on print and fulfilment costs, excluding postage.

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