Today, many of us show genuine concern for the environment in which we live, and hold a strong desire to ensure that future generations are not left with the monumental task of clearing up after our environmentally irresponsibility. Each of us has the capability to contribute to a greener way of living, and one of the ways to help with the maturing ‘green movement’, and to help preserve the Earth for future generations is to utilize “environmentally friendly shipping” for all your shipping needs. It is one of the clear calls of the environmentalists, that one of the biggest polluters and users of non-renewable resources on the globe are the shipping companies and their regular users, who all must work towards eradicating shipping inefficiencies. Environmentalists urge us to change to sustainable shipping practices. Looking for a “green” option in shipping is thus now a major concern for all corporations interested in reducing their carbon footprint on the face of our planet.
Environmentally friendly shipping can encompass two distinct parts of a shipping operation. One is packaging, the other is transportation of that package. While the packaging industry has been constantly under the pressure of environmental groups for developing “green” packaging materials and processes, the shipping companies have had their own knocks of “eco-friendly” assays. They have been put under the scanner for optimizing their use of space, time and fuel etc. per transportation trip.
The most important part of green shipping practices is the eco-friendly packaging of shipped materials. The best part of using green technology in both wrapping and packing is, it not only that it helps us to consume less of the non renewable resources, but that they actually help us re-use the material that has already been created, thus keeping disposal channels clear. A quick check on the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website demonstrates that, in 2007, containers for food products and other plastic packaging made up 30.9% of municipal waste of which about 1/3rd was recycled. The worst offenders among non-biodegradable packaging materials are:
- Bubble wraps – these are much required as preferred materials for packing fragile objects. However alternatives to it have already been created such as bubble wraps made from recycled polyethylene. The biodegradable alternative to these are crimped paper or cardboard.
- Packing tape – is made from polyethylene and a must for packaging any product for shipment. Currently, however, natural rubber packing tapes are available as the biodegradable alternatives.
- Package filters like Styrofoam based packing peanuts – biodegradable alternatives for them are cornstarch peanuts and/or plain air-popped popcorn.
Corporations, across all channels of business, are currently interested in reducing their carbon footprint. The shipping industry is no exception to this rule. They too are thinking of doing their bit for the survival of this “Ark” called Earth by diminishing shipping inefficiencies. Not only are they streamlining and optimizing their operations, but are actually funding research to develop newer techniques and technologies to create better possibilities for tomorrow. Denmark, one of the leading maritime countries in the world, is already seeing its top shipping companies “going green” with environmentally friendly shipping practices. Sustainable shipping seems to be the only way forward. Newer, more renewable energy sources have to be located and tapped while greater optimization of load distribution and logistical operation will ensure that more economic, eco friendly, and sustainable shipping options are available to the consumer.
Peer to Peer shipping is another approach that provides solution for logistical issues by creating a win-win situation for customers, drivers and shipping companies. The drivers get to earn some easy bucks for delivering goods while driving routes that they planned to drive anway, the companies can refrain from hiring expensive shipping space with the discounts being passed on to the customers. Peer to peer shipping is also an excellent way of supporting environmentally friendly shipping by reducing the requirement for expensive carbon fossil fuels. It also provides for a good delivery time frame. However it is necessary to ensure that the Peer to Peer shipping company has full details of the drivers and can provide their photos and phone numbers on demand.
Environmentally friendly shipping companies are thus increasing the stakes to do what they can to provide for sustainable future on the planet.
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