How to make an e-commerce delivery process greener? (in 5 steps)

Your eCommerce business is growing fast and demand is now coming from all over the world, but don’t you want that growth to have a negative impact on the environment? Not sure how you can take action to participate in the global ecological transition? Here are 5 steps to follow to make your e-commerce delivery process more eco-responsible, while remaining efficient and profitable.

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1 – Switch to green energy

A business is an energy-hungry entity and this is a factor that can be difficult to mitigate. However, it is possible to extract this energy from more ecological sources, in order to reduce the ecological impact of your e-commerce activity on the environment🇧🇷 The implementation of such a system must be studied in depth on a case-by-case basis, depending on the solutions available nearby and the company’s manufacturing processes.

One of the most popular solutions in recent years is the installation of solar panels on the roofs of buildings, in order to convert solar energy into useful energy for the company. In addition to being good for the environment, this solution allows you to reduce your costs.

The transition from fossil fuel to biofuel is also a way to transition your business to green energy. By using new carriers, who fuel their delivery vehicles with fuel made from organic materials, you are helping to reduce your carbon footprint.

2 – Offset your carbon emissions

As mentioned above, businesses consume a lot of energy and produce a lot of carbon emissions.

In order to move towards a greener system, companies can offset your carbon footprintnamely by financing ecological projects such as funding a project to replant trees or clean up the ocean, for example.

The idea is to understand and accept that zero carbon emissions do not exist, but that there are many ways to act positively to offset your emissions.

Carbon Footprint Illustration: Carbon Emissions from a Vehicle
Carbon Footprint Illustration: Carbon Emissions from a Vehicle

3 – Adopt more sustainable packaging

The package plays a significant role in the environment. Therefore, it is essential to think of ways to improve it.

Optimizing unnecessary space in your packaging reduces unused space inside shipping containers, which will make it possible to load more packages and thus limit unnecessary carbon emissions.

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Of course, it is important to switch from plastic packaging to packaging made from more responsible materials such as cardboard or biodegradable materials.

4 – Practice (really) recycling

Recycling is in fashion, but how to actually practice it, without practicing greenwashing?

After changing your packaging, it might be interesting to take a look at the recycling and/or its reuse for other shipments. By informing your consumers that they can dispose of their packaging, contributing to the protection of the environment (deposit in specialized places, reuse of part of the packaging, sorting, etc.), you are taking the first step towards a shipping method that is no longer sustainable.

The next step can therefore be to configure the collection of packages from your consumers, in order to optimize them and reuse them in your next shipments.

5 – Prefer delivery by land or sea

When it is geographically possible to do so, it is essential Prefer ground delivery🇧🇷 Delivering by bike, scooter or even truck reduces your carbon footprint. Do you really need to transport your goods by air if they are destined for the neighboring country?

Otherwise, or for large deliveries that do not support land delivery, choosing sea transport considerably limits your carbon emissions.

3 good delivery practices

  1. For deliveries over short distances, favor the 100% green delivery : bicycles and cargo bikes will be more efficient than a truck, especially in big cities where traffic jams are frequent
  2. suggest multiple delivery options to their consumers, detailing the benefits of eco-responsible delivery with a slightly longer delivery time
  3. Look at optimize the organization of your deliveries : grouping parcels in geographically close destinations will limit the number of vehicles and thus reduce your carbon emissions

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