Shipping items across the country or even across the world can be un-eco-friendly. Just think about it. You’re mostly using paper and plastic products that are most likely not going to be reused or recycled. Instead, a lot of shipping supplies end up in landfills. And what many people don’t know is that paper is the most numerous waste product found in landfills today. What’s sad is that many of these paper and plastic products can be recycled and even reused. So next time you head to the post office, or FedEx, or UPS, check out these easy green shipping tips.
Although you may want to protect fragile items with tons and tons of bubble wrap and other cushiony products, it’s simply not necessary for items that won’t break. You can easy pack up non-fragile items with just a little cushiony wrap and you’ll be all set. There are also tons of eco-friendly packing materials on the market today, but I usually just reuse old newspaper, which definitely does the trick.
If you’re shipping a small item, don’t use a huge box. You can easily save packing material, space, and money if you ship items in boxes that are size proportionate. A lot of times I will receive items, such as a jar of face cream, in a gigantic box that’s full of packing material. It’s simply unnecessary and you can save money and the environment by shipping in a smaller box.
If you receive an item in the mail, don’t throw the box or the packing material away. Instead, be green and reuse everything. Get organized and keep all your packing materials in one bin and your flattened (but ready to be reused) boxes in another. This way, things are easy to find depending on what you’re shipping and you can make the Earth just a little happier.
Instead of using your typical shipping materials, try a website or store that is known for seller green shipping supplies and carbon neutral options. One of my recent favorite stores is GreenShipping.com. You can try this website no matter what shipping service you need to use. They’ll help you create a carbon neutral package.
Plastic is probably one of the worst shipping materials that can be used today. Plastic, as many people know, is made from petroleum. It’s also very difficult to biodegrade, unlike papers and natural fibers. So next time you need packing materials, avoid plastics and try paper instead.
Use Ground Shipping
Shipping times do matter when it comes to being green and environmentally-friendly. Ground shipping is one example because it uses less fuel and less resources than next day services or air shipping. You’ll also find that you’ll save money this way too. So get your packages ready on time and try ground shipping.