How to be more environmentally friendly with eco-packaging

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Whilst we are renowned for being a trustworthy and cheap same day courier company, we here at Silver Bullet Express are also always looking into ways that we can take a greener approach to our business. What many of our customers across Northampton, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Luton, and Aylesbury may not realise is that taking an eco-friendly approach with their packaging can not only help to protect the environment but can contribute to significant savings by reducing waste. Today, we take a look at some of the benefits of being environmentally conscious by using eco packaging:

Eco-friendly and biodegradable materials

One of the primary ways that you can be more eco-friendly with your packaging is to use biodegradable and recyclable materials; this can even come down to the tape that you use to seal up your parcels. Waxed cardboard cannot be recycled and styrofoam – frequently used to insulate and protect goods during transportation – is extremely harmful to the environment. Many people will be surprised at how much choice there is for eco packaging; tape made from recycled paper that is still strong and durable enough to keep your parcels sealed whilst on their journey with the courier; internal packaging peanuts made from granular sorghum protein or corn starch; bio-packaging made from fungus derivatives; all of these options are available to help you take a more green approach to your packaging.

Pick the right size eco-packaging

It’s all well and good switching to eco packaging but if you are using excessive materials for your goods, all of your environmentally-conscious efforts could be diluted. Spending some time considering what size container is required for your specific product or item results in a multitude of advantages, including reducing the amount of extra padding that is used simply to fill up gaps rather than to protect the item itself. Utilising optimum volume and shape packaging also helps to reduce the amount of room that the item takes up inside the courier van, meaning there is more room for extra packages and, therefore, fewer trips.

Re-use your packaging

If the use of eco packaging is not currently feasible, why not try and make the most of your existing packaging by reusing it as much as possible? When you purchase your packaging provisions in bulk or accumulate a large supply, it is easy to become complacent and simply throw away a box or the cushioning materials in favour of ones that are brand new. Reusing your boxes and insulation where possible will help to reduce the amount of packaging that you need to buy – saving your business a substantial amount of money throughout the year – and lower the amount of packaging that ends up in a landfill.

Encourage your customers to recycle

If you have chosen to use recyclable materials for your packing, why not leave a note for your intended recipient to let them know that they don’t have to simply throw the containers straight into the black bin? Encourage them to join you in your efforts to be more eco-friendly and encourage them to recycle, offering clear and straightforward instructions on how to do so whilst also educating them on the eco-packaging that you use. You never know, this could inspire them to take a more green approach to their own personal or working life!

For a dependable courier service that is local to the Bedford, Luton, Northampton, Aylesbury and Milton Keynes area, it has to be Silver Bullet Express. We offer same day courier services at cheap prices whilst always ensuring the highest customer service on every delivery. To find out more and to speak to us about your precise requirements, contact our friendly team on 0800 907 0016 or via our useful online query form.

Chris Baron

Chris Baron

Chris Baron is Director of Silver Bullet Express. Chris started Silver Bullet Express to provide a professional, efficient and reliable courier service to businesses of all sizes.

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