How to make your parcel packaging eco-friendly

Posted 7th August, 2019

Being more eco-friendly is something that’s on the majority of people’s minds. In the past year, we have seen a huge change for the better on how people use plastic. This is largely down to the release of David Attenborough’s ‘Blue Planet 2’ series, which conveyed a shocking message about the state of our oceans.

A huge amount of parcels are being shipped across the country with non-recyclable materials used for packaging. As a business, we think it’s very important that we all do what we can to cut down on plastic use – protecting our planet for future generations. We have put this guide together to help you reduce the amount of plastic packaging you use for your parcels or pallets. 

What eco-friendly packaging is available?

There are many different types of eco-friendly materials that can be used for packaging. Biodegradable packing peanuts are a great alternative to polystyrene. These are starch-based, fully biodegradable, non-toxic and water-soluble. They are excellent for providing cushioning for your goods inside parcels. 

Bubble wrap is something of the past. Corrugated cardboard is a perfectly good way to wrap breakable items due to its indentations which absorb impact. The best thing is that it is completely recyclable and reusable. 

Believe it or not, you can now buy packaging materials made from mushrooms! Being completely renewable and biodegradable, it makes a perfect material to use for packaging. This packaging is also making use of agricultural waste.

Could eco-friendly packaging save you money?

Choosing more eco-friendly packaging could actually save you money. Switching from large parcels with lots of wasted space to eco-friendly packaging that fits products more snugly will save you money when it comes to shipping costs. It’s easier to ship and store parcels that are more compact and lightweight. 

By making these changes, you will be helping to conserve the planet. If we all work together, we can continue to make progress in reducing the amount of wasted plastic and other non-recyclable materials used.

If you would like more advice about making your parcels and pallets more eco-friendly, please contact Station Couriers in Newtown, Powys on 01686 621 190.



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During these challenging times, and In a society where we are all too fast to complain when things are not as they should be, I believe in giving credit where credit is due.

I have recently received two deliveries from your company on behalf of Gravel Master U.K. and on both occasions by the same friendly and courteous driver (*Mark Lello*). Unfortunately I don't have his name, but it was his general manor, and the small gesture of putting the pallets in my garage, rather than leaving them kerbside that impressed me.

Please convey my sincere thanks to him.

Mark Crump