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A large number of consumers are increasingly demanding more and more “green” products. They want to make sure their products are created in an environmentally sustainable way, which is wonderful, but most of these people thought about the way that those green products were shipped to them. For quite a while now, shipping has been perhaps the least “green” thing related to green products. This, however, is changing, and it is changing rather rapidly. Companies have realized that people want green practices, and are finally changing to reflect it.
Exceptions to the Rule
Of course, one has to preface any discussion of green methods with a very simple disclaimer. Not all companies will be doing this. Always check to make sure that the company that you are either buying product from or having your objects shipped through adheres not only to what they consider to be green standards, but also what you consider to be green standards. You should also keep in mind that, particularly in this business, there is only so much that they can do within a reasonable amount of time. Expecting change overnight is absurd, and it will not happen.
The Retailer going Green
When you think of shipping and delivery going green, chances are that you are thinking of the company that delivers your package. While this is a very important part of the shipping and delivery process going green, it is nowhere near the whole thing. No matter how green the shipper might be, the retailer is still the one packaging the product before they hand it off to the shipper. This is why it is crucially important to make sure that the retailer is using some sort of green packaging. For example, eBay is slowly adopting the use of reusable boxes. These boxes are made to be reused up to 7 times before they are finally disposed of, which saves thousands of trees and millions of gallons of water, along with conserving a massive amount of energy. Beyond the box, many businesses are getting rid of plastic packing materials like bubble wrap, and creating alternative bio-degradable packing materials, even using products that are hypoallergenic.
Cutting down on the Paper Trail
An often ignored wasteful practice in the shipping and delivery business is the massive paper trail created through the shipping process. Labels, receipts, and a myriad of other notifications waste a huge amount of paper every year. However, many major shipping businesses are switching those paper records over to digital alternatives, which in addition to saving trees, cuts costs and make the records more easily accessible.
One of the most obvious environmental problems caused by shipping and delivery are the gas emissions that they cause. Between trucks and planes, the industry puts out a huge amount of emissions every year, and one would think this is an unavoidable problem. This however, is not the case. Companies like UPS now use trucks and vans that run off of “clean natural gas”, which dramatically reduces gas emissions. Planes are slowly evolving as well, as tests of “green planes” have been slowly emerging, as better fuel types come out.