Christmas season, 2022. Did you already choose the gifts for your beloved ones? Where and how you’ll get those presents? Not here to ruin your Christmas mood and the magic behind this holiday season, but do you think about the environmental cost of Christmas pollution when buying Christmas presents?
This year, between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, it’s expected to see around 15 billion pieces of mail and about 800 million packages shipped, only in the US. Since the excess waste from packaging is alarming (and not only during this holiday season), many organizations are working on eco-friendly, reusable shipping boxes, which benefit the environment but also your bank account. Here are the top players in this field, according to SCOUT, our AI-powered future intelligence platform.
The Topic Map
The advantages of recycling and using eco-friendly shipping boxes are many, varying from more sustainable supply chains, reducing transportation costs (and carbon footprint!!!), to improving your brand image (and your revenue).
It’s a big deal from different perspectives, as demonstrated by our Topic Map below. With SCOUT, we can research about any topic and get the latest insights in just a few seconds. The image below shows the most relevant emerging technologies and subjects related to the search query (in our case reusable shipping packaging). They touch different industries and fields, demonstrating once again how much we can benefit from eco-friendly shipping boxes on different occasions.
"Sustainable shipping packaging"
To be defined as "sustainable shipping packaging", the Reusable Packaging Association claims that recyclable transport packaging generally meets the following four requirements:
-The packaging is designed for reuse in the same or similar application, or for another purposeful packaging use in a supply chain.
-The packaging is highly durable to function properly in its original condition for multiple trips and its lifetime is measured in years.
-During its useful life, the packaging is repeatedly recovered, inspected, repaired if necessary, and reissued into the supply chain for reuse.
-The packaging operates in a system that prevents it from solid waste, and a process is in place for the recovery and recycling of the product at its end of life.
The Christmas environmental impact is serious: 8,000 tons of wrapping paper (=50,000 trees) is used to wrap gifts each year, according to the Clean Air Partnership. But we can all do something without darkening the magical atmosphere that the season brings every year.
TIPS TO MAKE GIFTS WITHOUT BEING HARMFUL FOR OUR PLANET:
1. In case of material gifts, use 100% recyclable or biodegradable wrapping paper (no glitters as they can’t be reused)
2. Avoid single plastics items that can't be recycled
3. Prefer instead plant-based materials or biodegradable ingredients
4. Purchase something that people really need. The trend of putting presents under the tree often promotes the purchase of unnecessary items.
5. Benefit from the thousands of gift card solutions that many shops provide. No packaging, no printing, no waste.
The Christmas waste is not only related to sustainable shipping packaging (however this plays a major role). Don’t forget to think green and:
- Prefer vegetarian dishes.
- Use your leftovers to create new meals and reduce food waste.
- Make your own decorations.
- Make a creative tree.
- Switch to LEDs.
- Order less products online.
From the MAPEGY team, we all wish you great, green holidays!