What can you do?
Just because something is recyclable it doesn’t mean it actually gets recycled. According to WWF Australians use an average of 130 kg of plastic per person each year. Only 12% of that’s recycled.
More frightening still, up to 130,000 tonnes of plastic will find its way into our waterways and into the ocean.
The best thing we can do is to go plastic-free. As consumers become more educated about this they will be looking to purchase from plastic-free brands.
Don’t send air
Choose a package size that fits your product snuggly
Up to 40% of every parcel shipped today is just air. That’s not only a lot of wasted packaging but also think about the space it takes up in transport and adds to the number of transport miles needed.
Consider becoming a member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO).
APCO is a co-regulatory, not-for-profit organisation that partners with government and industry to reduce the harmful impact of packaging on the Australian environment.
If you turnover less than $5million the membership fee is $510 at the time of writing this.
Encourage your customers to reuse
As I said before, just because something is recyclable it doesn’t mean it will actually get recycled. Encourage your customers to reuse their packaging. Not only will it save them dollaroos it will help the planet. Suggested ways to reuse package:
Choose the best packaging you can
Thankfully there are better packaging options available for small online business owners.
Here are a few that are small-business-friendly, meaning you can order small quantities:
The Better Packaging Co supply compostable mailers and labels and at the time of writing, they are also trialling a SWOP program which allows for packaging to be reused again and again and again. Check it out.
This content was originally published here.