The booming online retail sales are of great importance to the economy and businesses. However, there is one problem that we can all play a part in solving.
James Chin Moody, CEO and Co-Founder of Sendle, believes consumers and businesses have an important role to play in minimizing waste and managing the packaging crisis.
"In today's climate-conscious world, sustainability is a competitive advantage for small businesses," says Moody.
“The prioritization of the environment is no longer a radical step, but is expected by more and more consumers. Sustainability can and should be at the forefront of all companies, regardless of size or industry. "
The Sendle team presents some simple ways companies can overcome the crisis:
If possible, minimize packaging
Recycling alone is no longer enough to fight the packaging crisis.
When buying inventory or goods, opt for bulk packaging over individual packaging and think about how you can simplify packaging for your customers too.
“Distribute your products in reusable boxes or boxes without plastic. It is wasteful to fill your packaging with paper, ingredients, and protection, and this is exactly how your customer will perceive it.
Consider the material you use in your packaging:
Fortunately for retailers, sourcing sustainable and aesthetically pleasing packaging has become easier thanks to rapid innovation in packaging.
Play with innovative material exchangers such as mycelial mushrooms instead of plastic or biodegradable air peanuts instead of traditional styrofoam.
At Sendle we offer 100% compostable school bags.
Reduce wasteful returns:
Customer returns make a significant contribution to CO2 emissions – and to packaging waste worldwide.
Last year, our 2020 consumer survey found that 64% of consumers said they were more likely to buy from a retailer that sells compostable packaging (especially when it doesn't cost more).
How to lower your carbon footprint in 2021:
The last step in your supply chain (delivery) is often the larger contribution to carbon emissions. An easy way to minimize your carbon footprint is to work with a carbon neutral shipper like Sendle who offsets their carbon footprint.
For every ton of carbon dioxide that Sendle emits into the air when delivering parcels, we cancel this by supporting world-changing projects that preserve and regenerate natural ecosystems and reduce greenhouse gases.
In this way we ensure that all Sendle deliveries have a net carbon footprint of zero.
Learn more about Sendle and its delivery system by clicking here.