Go Green by Optimising your Packaging Process
Every process in a company can be optimised to create the smoothest and most efficient sale and supply chain — and packaging is no exception. This doesn’t just bring more effective business, however; there are many steps in the packaging process that can be made more environmentally friendly. If you optimise your distribution, you can reduce your carbon footprint. BCS, who supply custom cardboard box making machines, have put together this guide to help you go green with your packaging.
The first step in any process of improving efficiency is to evaluate your current situation. Realistically consider your current carbon footprint and how much of this comes from your packaging solutions – without glossing over things. Bring into the picture how much you waste, how many vehicles you use in delivery, how much package filler you use and so forth. Once you have a solid and realistic idea of where you’re at, it’s much simpler to optimise your packaging process.
Cut Down on Materials
One key way to go green with your packaging is to cut down on materials. The best technique to achieve this is to create packaging that fits your product. Make cardboard boxes with as little excess space as possible. Not only does this reduce the risk of breakages during delivery, it also means you don’t need to use packaging fillers, such as packing peanuts. Styrofoam fillers cannot be recycled, so cutting down on this material will greatly improve your carbon footprint.
It also cuts down on cardboard material as you use less with each package. When your distributing hundreds of packages everyday, a better fit can make a huge difference. Not only does this improve your carbon footprint, it also saves you money on materials and resources.
Cut down on Waste
Along a similar vein, cutting down on waste is an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint. While reducing your materials helps with this, you can also be more careful to only make the boxes that you need. This particularly applies to smaller businesses who sell smaller quantities of goods and in many different varieties and sizes. It can be easy to stockpile different cardboard boxes for when you might need them. However, if you only make the boxes you need, you’ll cut down on waste and be more green in your packaging process.
Reduce Carbon Emissions
When you are creating boxes of smaller sizes, that fit your products more closely, you’ll be able to fit more of your product in each vanload. When you’re loading your transport vehicles, be sure to load them efficiently and fully, stacking boxes close together without leaving gaps. This small alteration can make a huge difference to your carbon emissions. You can cut down on the number of vehicles you’re using and therefore shrink your carbon footprint.
We hope you’re enthused about going green by optimising your packaging process. A custom box making machine will allow you to do all the above tips and recommendations. You can create boxes that are completely tailored your specifications, sizes and demand, even making as little as one at a time. But whatever your method, improve your business’s carbon footprint by optimising your packaging process.