Business are looking for ways to reduce their impact on the environment and there are many ways to do this, one big change a business can make is to how they package and ship their products.
Typically, Styrofoam peanuts, bubble wrap and cardboard boxes, and crumpled up paper is used to ship materials. Yes, these are used to protect your products from any damage during shipping but the problem with Styrofoam is it has a long lifespan and generally take up to 20 years to break down, plastic bubble wrap and inflated bags will also take years to breakdown and when they do they are hazardous to our environment.
Even though cardboard and paper packing materials is considered to be a eco-friendlier packing product they don’t necessarily do a great job of protecting your products. Because of this companies are looking for better ways to package and ship products that are safer for the environment, some new products that have been manufactured to aid in eco-friendly shipping are:
- Peanuts made from cornstarch which will dissolve in water
- Biodegradable plastic wrap
- 100% biodegradable bubble wrap – Bio-bubble
- Biodegradable mailing bags
- Biodegradable shipping envelops – these will begin to dissolve 2 or 3 months after being exposed to sunlight
Although there is still some concerns if biodegradable plastics are safe for the environment they are still the better choice as they do contain less chemicals that can harm or environment, this is because plastic, even though combined with starches, will still contain polymers or polylactic acid making it a concern about the amount of chemicals these will produce when breaking down. But, if you are going to use plastic shipping materials, biodegradable products are still the best choice.
Most shipping companies do offer a choice of biodegradable shipping supplies as well as the traditional ones. So, next time you are shipping a product consider using the biodegradable packing materials and not only will your materials arrive safely and undamaged but you will be choosing to protect the environment at the same time.