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With the world becoming more conscious of our impact on the environment it is more important then ever to start thinking about ways to reduce our carbon footprint. With millions and millions of packages shipped each day, the mountain of packaging material that is disposed of is unimaginable. At Badger Fulfillment Group we take great pride in our approach to eco-friendly 3pl fulfillment services that is why we put together 7 ways to make your fulfillment process eco-friendly.

1. Reduce Waste & Consolidate

As businesses continue to prioritize sustainability, reducing waste in packaging has become an essential element of the conversation. By taking a closer look at the materials used in inner packaging and the amount of said materials, companies can make a positive impact on both the environment and their customers. Switching to more eco-friendly materials like recycled cardboard or biodegradable plastics is an easy way to reduce waste without sacrificing quality or protection during shipping. Additionally, reconsidering the amount of inner packaging used can significantly decrease the amount of waste produced. This shift towards more sustainable packaging is not only a responsible decision, but it also positions businesses as leaders in the industry that prioritize the health of our planet.

2. Rightsize

Right sizing is the practice of optimizing packing to fit the product or products tightly, which can ultimately save you time and money. By reducing package size by up to 40%, you not only increase the overall efficiency of your operations, but you also reduce the amount of materials used in your packaging process which also saves you money. With the help of right sizing, you can show your customers that you are committed to efficient and environmentally-conscious practices, all while saving on costs.

3. Choose Green Packaging

Choosing eco-friendly options can be a win-win situation for both your business and the environment. Gone are the days of solely prioritizing cost and convenience over sustainability. Now, it is possible to switch to green packaging or sustainable packaging without sacrificing quality or efficiency. Organic fabrics, starch-based biomaterials, and recycled cardboard are excellent alternatives to traditional packaging materials that can contribute to your business becoming more earth-conscious.

4. Cut Out Plastics

We have all seen plastics that have been lying around in our communities for years. It is a terrible look, and we should all do our part in reducing the amount of plastics used. Unfortunately, plastics are used heavily in the shipping industry but that is changing due to the availability of alternative eco-friendly packaging materials.

5. NEVER Use Styrofoam

Although some products may require Styrofoam as a protective barrier it should be used very sparingly to say the least. Styrofoam is non-biodegradable and also classified as a possible human carcinogen by the EPA. Instead of utilizing Styrofoam in your packaging of large products consider using recycled cardboard as well as talk to your fulfillment company to help strategize a packaging solution for larger items.

6. Reduce Emissions. Go Electric

Electric forklifts are a normal sight in almost all fulfillment centers but the trucks that are used to deliver the goods are not. But that is starting to change. With advancements in electrical cells that are used within batteries electrical semi trucks will soon be a regular occurrence on streets and highways.

7. Solar Power

As the world continues to shift toward sustainable energy solutions, it is no surprise that solar power is becoming more prevalent in various industries. At Badger Fulfillment Group, we understand the importance of reducing our carbon footprint and taking responsibility for the environmental impact of our operations. That is why we are committed to making our warehouse facilities fully solar powered by 2023. With advancements in solar technology, we believe this goal is achievable and we are excited to play our part in creating a more sustainable future. By harnessing the power of the sun, we can reduce our energy costs and promote a cleaner, healthier planet and so can you.

Badger Fulfillment is a 3pl fulfillment partner that is dedicated to reducing waste. We have many years of experience in this area and pride ourselves on our dedication to our clients and the earth. We offer a variety of services that can help you reduce waste, including recycling, and waste reduction. Contact us today to learn more about Badger Fulfillment Group’s fulfillment services¬† your company can benefit from.

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