It is the duty of every citizen of the world to contribute to a greener tomorrow. Whatever is possible to reduce the carbon footprint such as switching from high energy consuming appliances to energy efficient ones, relying more on organic materials than using those that undergo extensive manufacturing or processing and recycling used materials would go a long way in reducing global warming. Climate change is real and it should be contained before it becomes more worrisome. Like all citizens of the world, the industries also need to do their bit. The global shipping industry and every company operating in the space need to chip in as well.
Courier companies have started doing their bit to reduce the carbon footprint. Here are just a few ways they are turning green.
- When you use an international courier service to send a parcel abroad, maybe you need to send parcel to Spain, many branded couriers are now using electric cars or vans and lpg fuels to reduce their carbon footprint. Some have even gone back to using bicycles to do the last mile deliveries.
- Extensive use of paper has been done away with and digitization certainly has a huge role to play in it. State of the art software solutions, scanners and tags have made it possible to do away with the paper trails which cause an irreparable ecological dent. This has also facilitated cheap international shipping as the investment in digital solutions or technological infrastructure may be substantial at the outset but pays off and turns out cheaper than analog solutions in the long run.
- Courier companies have started using recyclable material for packaging and in various other departments. The packages that are used can be recycled and used for a long time before they have to be junked. Even the dumping has become relatively more eco friendly with organic and biodegradable materials being used extensively in myriad ways. Cheap packaging options are still not biodegradable and organic materials are more expensive but any change of preference and modus operandi in this regard is welcome.
- Many couriers are looking for efficiencies from new technologies such as drones, which could o change the scenario significantly as they would use less power and can be operated using batteries. Making them a much greener option than cars or trucks.
- Couriers are now offering to text clients prior to deliveries to ensure that they are in when they are making a delivery. This gives the receiver the option to reschedule the delivery or advise where it should be left. This reducing the amount of failed deliveries that need to be redone, lowering the mileage done of courier firms.
All couriers are investing in ways to lower their carbon footprint going forward and listed above are just some of the ways they are currently achieving this.