Reusable packaging and boxes are the future for eco & sustainable eCommerce packaging. A critical factor in the sustainability movement is extending the life of products. eCommerce packaging is no different.
Single-use anything is terrible for the environment. Producing products, whether that is packaging or consumer goods, takes a toll on the environment. If those products are then only used once, the environmental impact is significant.
Sustainable eCommerce packaging can vary to include biodegradable packaging and eCommerce packaging made from recyclable materials. All of these alternatives to traditional online packaging is a positive step; however, by reusing packaging, we extend the life of a product. This is a positive step forward for the sustainability movement.
Reusable Food Packaging
Eco-packaging is growing significant support within the food packaging industry. Sustainable coffee cups and more recently eco takeaway food containers are making a substantial impact on single-use food packaging. This is having a massive effect on reducing food packaging going straight to landfill.
The eCommerce industry needs to follow suit and introduce further sustainable packaging options for online business. Brands such as Repack, SWOP and Loop are all beginning to offer sustainable packaging options through reuse of eCommerce packaging.
Reusable Packaging Boxes
The concept is effectively to make eCommerce packaging boxes from hard-wearing materials. Consumers receive their online order, and they are incentivised to post the packaging back to the retailer for reuse.
Another possible option is for courier and logistics companies to meet face to face with consumers and handover their online order. This, therefore, removes the requirement for the reuse of eCommerce packaging.