Hero Packaging was founded by Anaita and Vik Sarkar, a husband-and-wife duo who are committed to removing plastic from packaging and shipping in Australia and the world.

To date, they have saved over 15 million plastic mailers from entering the planet with their compostable mailers, known as HeroPacks (shipping bags) or HeroBubbles (padded shipping bags), used to ship products to customers.

Hero Packaging founders Vik and Anaita Sarkar,

Unlike traditional shipping mailers, these are not made from single use plastic, but are made from 30 per cent plant-based materials such as PLA and 70 per cent  from a certified compostable material called PBAT (a synthetic bonding agent).

Hero Packaging recently collaborated with Benjahmin James, a 30-year-old retail worker from Sydney’s Western Suburbs better known as ‘Carla from Bankstown’.

The bright and colourful compostable mailers were designed to represent Carla, who recently appeared on Celebrity Apprentice Australia, and the LGBTQIA+ community and support the efforts of Twenty10.

They were showcased to media and influencers over lunch at The Grounds, which also included games such as drag bingo with Felicity Frock.

Twenty per cent  of all proceeds from the limited-edition shipping mailers will go  to Twenty10, an organisation providing specialised services for young people aged 12-25 including housing, mental health, counselling, and social support for those of diverse genders and sexualities and their families and communities.

Twenty10 is a charity very close to Ben’s heart because he was bullied frequently in highschool and refrained from showing his true self.

“During school, I experienced relentless bullying, and over time I found myself in a dark place that I’ve had to work hard to pull myself out of. As my following grew, I realised I had an opportunity to spread awareness on the issues I’ve had to deal with in my life, as have a lot of the LGBTQIA+ community,” said Ben.

Anaita said the collaboration was an opportunity to encourage open conversations about the challenges the LGBTQIA+ community can face and the support systems that are in place.

“Equality and freedom from discrimination are fundamental human rights that belong to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. This collaboration with Carla from Bankstown is a small step towards breaking the stigma associated with the LBGTQIA+ community, and we’re so excited to put our support behind Twenty10,” she said.

The mailers can be purchased from the Hero Packaging website.

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