Gen-Zs and Millennials are becoming increasingly aware of environmentally friendly practises. They are looking to invest in clothing, food and lifestyle products from sustainable businesses. Sustainable businesses often choose less conventional and convenient processes to support the long-term, global ecological balance.
Incorporating sustainability into your business values can benefit your brand image and level of waste. In fact, 73% of global consumers said they would change their unsustainable consumer habits to reduce their environmental impact.
Converting global business practises into more sustainable ones is likely to be one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. Here are a few ways you can make your eCommerce business a little more sustainable.
Use sea or rail shipping
Air shipping has a detrimental impact on air pollution levels. Sea and rail shipping may take longer, but it can be a more affordable and sustainable option. If planned correctly and efficiently in line with your business goals, it can save you a lot of money.
However, it is no secret that the demand for fast shipping has never been higher. Nearly 165 billion packages are shipped in the US alone, and this has a substantial environmental impact.
Use sustainable packaging
If you need to ship a parcel to Australia quickly, reduce your environmental impact with smart packaging instead.
Recyclable packaging can drastically reduce the impact your business has on the environment. Reduce the amount of packaging in the parcel and consider using a thermal printer when printing out returns labels.
Reduce the amount of packaging and plastic
Businesses should invest in different size boxes to suit even the smallest of items. Packages that are too large waste space and need more packing material to protect the product.
Did you know 35% of our waste stream consists of paper? Paper is one of the easiest things to recycle, and yet it ends up in landfills worldwide. Invest in consistent and convenient recycling facilities in your warehouse and office to encourage your staff to recycle more. For example, put recycling bins near copy machines and use a water refill machine over lots of plastic bottles. Small changes can make a significant impact too.
Create recycling policies
Educate your staff and customers on how to dispose of and recycle products properly. Update your brand ethos to include sustainability and how you are making sustainable steps in your business. It would help if you showcased this on your website, blog posts, social media and packaging to promote your eco-friendly practises.
Energy waste is also a significant issue in the business industry. Turn off equipment when you are not using it and invest in low energy lighting in your workplace. Save money on energy bills and do your part for the environment. Win, win!