Sustainable logistics – what are your options?

On 01 April 2022, the UK government’s plastic packaging tax was implemented, affecting manufacturers and importers of plastic packaging that is less than 30% recycled.

The tax is designed to be an incentive for businesses to use more recycled plastic and other sustainable materials. Ensuring your packaging is not affected will keep costs down for you and your customer.

However, sustainability comes into every aspect of the supply chain. As ordering an online delivery becomes increasingly popular, so do consumers who want delivery that doesn’t negatively impact the environment.

We’ve put together this short guide on your options for improving sustainability throughout each step of getting products to your customers.

Materials

Plastic is a government focus for a reason – nearly 86 million tons of plastic packaging is produced globally each year, and less than 14% is recycled.

Alternatives to plastic in the packing process include paper-based void-fill, biodegradable packaging peanuts, and embossed paper rolls to replace bubble wrap.

Innovative new products and materials that reduce waste are emerging every day. A packing and logistics partner can guide you through the large number of options available to help you find the best solution for your business.

Packing

With any material, reducing unnecessary waste is still essential. Make sure you’re prepared with cardboard boxes or sleeves for an order of every size.

Bundling small products together adds up to huge amounts of space and packaging saved. Consider offering incentives for customers to choose one delivery over multiple, if they may be waiting slightly longer.

Carefully thought-out packaging is also cost-effective, reducing the number of breakages and returns – plus, it benefits your brand reputation and how many customers come back.

Delivery

While fast and safe delivery is often prioritised, 74% of online shoppers said that green delivery plays an important part in a purchase.

A green delivery often means clustering deliveries together, using more efficient routes, or using carbon-efficient transport. As a result, it can take longer than less sustainable methods.

But the interest is there – 15% of survey respondents said they would buy from a retailer offering green delivery over one that doesn’t, and 46% would pay £1 more per parcel.

Displaying the carbon impact of each option can encourage customers to choose a green delivery, or collection from a store or parcel locker.

Sustainability throughout the supply chain benefits everybody – your brand reputation, customer satisfaction, and the planet.

To learn more about ensuring environmentally friendly fulfilment for your customers, call 01604 664300 or get in touch.