Has the environment been on your mind recently? The government’s plan to stop the sale of petrol vehicles by 2040 is another reminder we’ve got to look after our planet (2).
So, how can you help the environment?
If you want to make your business more eco-friendly, start paying close attention to your packaging.
We’ve put our heads together and come up with a range of tips to guide you. By implementing simple changes you can reduce your impact on the environment and make your packaging operations more sustainable…
1. Reduce your packaging waste
Could you be using too much packaging? If you use too much void fill or your boxes aren’t the right size, you could be creating extra waste. This can mean you’ll be losing money and impacting the environment!
Reviewing the size of your packaging can help minimise waste and make savings! A great example comes from Marks & Spencer’s. They recently redesigned over 100 snack packets and are now using 20% less plastic across this range(1) – a fantastic saving.
2. Minimise your returns
If you have a high returns rate, this could be impacting the environment. If your customers return goods, it results in additional transport emissions and fuel usage.
Fit-for-purpose packaging that protects your goods will enhance your customer experience and minimise your returns – a win-win situation! One of our solutions for reducing costly returns is Airsac inflatable packaging – check it out!
3. Switch your packaging to sustainable materials
A great way to enhance your green credentials is to switch to sustainable or recycled packaging materials.
Using boxes? Try switching to entirely recycled cardboard. How about plastic void fill? We can help you choose from a wide range of paper cushioning. We love Geami WrapPak – a unique expanding paper packaging product that looks great and is made from FSC® certified paper. All paper packaging is recyclable which helps contribute to waste reduction.
For more eco-friendly packing material ideas, click here.
4. Review your logistics
We’re sure you’re conscious of your CO2 emissions! Reviewing logistics operations can help you minimise your environmental impact. By using lighter packaging or more effectively planning loads you can lower your CO2 output and help save the planet!
We can help you achieve your environmental goals
We’re always looking for packaging solutions that can improve sustainability. If you want to make your business more eco-friendly, book a packaging review with one of our experts. Simply call us on 01902 496666, email us or complete our contact form.
(1) M&S Article