As we’ve mentioned many times, there is a lot to pay attention to when you want to figure out whether a package is sustainable. Step by step, we try to educate you about this matter, and today we’ll talk about transportation, the size of your package and the compensation.
In which country are your packages produced? And what transportation is used?
The more locally your packaging is produced, the less co2 is emitted. That probably makes sense. But did you also know that shipping that is 100% by air has a 47x higher CO2 footprint, compared to 100% by boat? Even shipping 10% by air and 90% by boat has a 5.7x higher carbon footprint compared to maritime transport. Avoiding air freight is the key to a lower carbon footprint.
The size of your package
Which probably sounds very logical, a large package is often more environmentally friendly than several small packages. But unfortunately that only applies if you really format the entire content. If not so, one speaks of an ‘oversized package’. Sustainable packaging results in less product failure, more efficient logistics and most importantly - less use of materials. This in turn positively influences the environmental burden and CO2 impact.
Is there compensation for the CO2 emission?
There are several ways to compensate for the CO2 emission that we simply cannot prevent yet. You’ve probably seen the more environmentally friendly option when you booked a ticket, where you can voluntarily pay an amount on top of the ticket price. Other companies raise funding to balance out their emissions and save other parts of the world. Maybe you see this one coming, but this part is very sensitive to greenwashing. But you can read more about that in our other blog.
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