To create a successful, eco-friendly shipping operation, one must be prepared for change and never allow the mindset, “Because that’s just the way it’s always been done around here….” to paralyze your business’ potential. In life and in the warehouse, we must continuously look for new ways of doing old tasks to truly embrace and enable positive change. Always question the way business is done to find a better way to function.
Shipping is vital for any business in today’s economy, it’s their lifeblood to stay active, competitive and meet the demands of their clients. But all too often, companies will overlook environmentally friendly practices in the rush to get products out the door, just because it seems easier at the time. But in our world of limited resources, that attitude needs to go away. It’s more important than ever to choose eco-friendly shipping practices, while at the same time, keep costs low.
So, how do you create cost-effective, eco-friendly shipping practices? We’ve put together a few tips to point you in the right direction:
Choose a box that’s too small and you risk damage to your product during shipping. Choose a box that’s too big and that can equates to a hefty DIM charge and a lot of extra cardboard as well as extra protective packaging material inside to keep items from bouncing around. The importance of having the right size shipping containers is crucial for preserving resources and cutting costs.
Eco-friendly shipping resources are not only better for the environment but also have been proven to boost brandy loyalty! And typically, recycled materials for shipping are available for the same price as brand new materials. Hughes offers sustainable packaging which includes corrugated boxes, paper dunnage, green products from Pregis and Intertape as well as green consulting services.
While there are no laws in the United States mandating the use of such materials, the European Union has adopted the Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste (94/62/EC) in regards to managing packaging and packaging wastes. Packaging waste represents 17% of Europe’s municipal waste stream, but this number had previously been much higher. These numbers are likely similar in the U.S. which means that the percent of packaging going to landfills can be significantly cut with the adoption of eco-friendly shipping materials.
Just as it is important to purchase sustainable packaging materials, it is important to purchase materials that will protect your product during transit. How your box is treated during delivery (thrown, jostled, slid, shaken, and perhaps accidentally stepped on) is out of your control…but how you protect it, is fully in your control. You and your customer both need to feel secure that your products will arrive undamaged and in perfect condition.
In the end, companies need to make time for a positive change and become conscious of their ecological and economic impact.
Interested in becoming a greener company? Hughes and Twice Green Consulting Services will assess your current packaging profiles. We then develop plans to more responsibly source materials, including using renewable energy in your production, using materials that can be recycled and “upcycled” for subsequent use, are safe and effective for people and the environment, and achieve the ultimate goal of the package – to safely transport, protect, and promote the product contained within.
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