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Why choose sustainable e-commerce postal packaging?

What does the data say?

The UK is the world’s third largest market for e-commerce, with e-commerce sales in the UK rising by 35% between 2014-2019. It has been forecast to rise again by a huge 34.7%, from 2019 to the end of 2021.

Whilst e-commerce sales leads to an increase in packaging, this will result in the amount of waste also set to increase. New research from Citeo & Ipsos found that 92% of people expect a package that is appropriately sized for the product. Yet 75% of UK shoppers were left frustrated with excessive packaging and wanted retailers to reduce the volume of packaging used.

A recent survey discovered that UK consumers are willing to act if they don’t think a retailer is doing enough to become more sustainable. 42% of UK consumers would consider avoiding a retailer if they were not trying to reduce their use of non-recyclable packaging.

With the rise in e-commerce not stopping and the importance to reduce unnecessary waste, when possible, the importance of sustainable packaging has become more important than ever before.

What to look out for when securing a sustainable packaging supplier?

To find a trustworthy sustainable packaging supplier, it is important to look out for the companies accreditations and environmental policy.

FSC are deemed as a trustworthy certification, so when a company is FSC Certified, you know you can buy from them with confidence that they are helping to ensure our forests are alive for generations to come. We are proud to be an FSC Certified Manufacturer and we recognise that we have a responsibility to preserve, conserve and sustain the world we live in, both today and for the future, so sustainability is central to everything we do.

Being an FSC certified manufacturer means that we can guarantee you that we supply packaging from a minimum of 70% recycled materials.

We design packaging to minimise its impact on the environment at every stage of the supply chain, specifying eco-friendly board grades and weights and avoiding the use of unnecessary materials.

What are the advantages of sustainable e-commerce packaging?

1. Increasing your brand awareness

A survey Deloitte conducted, showed that over the last 12 months up to 34% of consumers are choosing brands that have environmentally sustainable practices/values.

With consumer behaviour shifting, customers are becoming more conscious of purchasing from brands who use sustainable packaging. Sustainable packaging has become one of the key areas for companies to express their commitment in protecting our environment. It has also become a marketing and branding tool to inform customers that your business truly cares about the environment.

2. Save money

Sustainable packaging materials are normally lightweight and durable, meaning delivery costs can be at a minimum. Additionally, as we can ensure packaging to fit your product rather than supplying over-sized packaging, we will also save you money on cost of material, whilst reducing waste simultaneously.

3. Reduces your carbon footprint

As corrugated packaging is made from recycled materials, this type of packaging is one of the best solutions to lower your carbon footprint.

Here are just some of the ways as to why our packaging is sustainable and can reduce your carbon footprint:

  • 100% recyclable and biodegradable material
  • The precious fibres are recycled to make new corrugated packaging
  • On average, a new box contains 88% recycled content
  • Paper fibres can be recycled 25 times or more
  • Optimising the use of packaging material
  • Easy to sort as mono-material (paper-based materials)
  • Packaging is easily folded and flattened, ready to be collected for recycling.

Interested in switching to sustainable packaging?

If you are looking to switch to sustainable packaging for a certain product, please get in touch with us here so we can help you find the right box for you. Alternatively, please visit our sustainable e-commerce packaging range.

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Are you ready for plastic free July?…

It’s time to think corrugated

As millions of people across the world are developing new routines and looking for new solutions to remove single use packaging from their daily lives for the whole of July 2020 (and hopefully longer), we’re here bevering away to find new ways to help the movement. A delivery box here, a corrugated tray there. We’re ready for plastic free July… we were BORN ready! Plastic free is in our DNA.

Throw away’ culture

Unfortunately, we have become not just a nation, but a world addicted to convenience and sometimes it’s ‘easier’ to revert to plastics to accommodate that drive. But there are other solutions! If you receive bag after bag through the post (an increase we have seen through a change in shopping habits due to the current pandemic), what do you do with them?! So much unnecessary plastic has been manufactured for one trip, only to be thrown away and after you’ve fought to open it, it’s not much use for anything else, but there are sustainable solutions out there.

Keeping it green (or brown)

Imagine receiving this box through the post instead…

It lands on your doorstep, it’s easier to open, it might have something nice printed on the inside from the company you bought it from but it’s not just a box! It has been designed to fit EXACTLY around your shoes, or your jars of jam or your record to make sure that not only does it arrive with you in perfect condition, it’s easy to get into (it might even have a little feature to help), the inside has been printed with environmentally friendly inks and there’s nothing extra to ‘throw away’. There’s no void fill, no plastic, just good design. And although it is still disposable, it may have a gizmo to enable multiple trips (an extra strip of biodegradable tape here or there), where the plastic bag has done its job, possibly not even that well and is on its way to landfill, the box is biodegradable and recyclable!

Best of all…through working with certifying bodies like the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), we know it has come from a sustainable source.

And it’s not just boxes…

Corrugated board is more versatile than you’d think! It’s not just delivery trays, corrugated mailers and boxes (and it’s not always brown), you can make anything, from corrugated furniture https://weedondirect.com/product/corrugated-desk/, to corrugated penguins!

Sustainable solutions

It’s this versatility that enables us to constantly develop new and innovative, sustainable solutions to everyday problems and help companies and customers to move away from single use plastic without compromising on convenience. Through cardboard engineering, the boxes we make are less fiddly than plastic, easier to open than plastic, more secure than plastic, easier to recycle than plastic and better for the environment than plastic. So join us for plastic free July and start thinking corrugated!

Have a look around our shop while you’re here and if you would like any more information, just give us a call on 01543 423838 or email enquiries@weedoncp.com