Heightened at the “going green” debate among businesses are discussions of diesel fuel consumption, carbon dioxide emissions and the unnecessary waste of packaging materials. What’s all the fuss about when it comes to “going green” in the logistics arena of packaging? Well, it’s simple. Logistically speaking, how to gain the most bang for your buck comes from analyzing what’s going on in your entire operation, not just the packaging.
Diesel Fuel Reduction
Everyone knows what is happening in the economy. Gas prices are rising. With the rise of gas prices comes the rise of costs for transporting goods for businesses. By learning how to pack out loads properly, your operation can decrease the number of trucks you put on the road each year. This decrease in truckloads in transit will lead to drastic savings in diesel fuel, which brings me to my next point.
Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Take a look at the below graph analyzing the last 47 years (up until 2007) of CO2 emissions per capita. Keep in mind that CO2 emissions come from the burning of fossil fuels. It is the carbon dioxide produced during the consumption of solids, liquids and gas fuels/flaring.
Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is a matter of reducing truckloads like discussed above in diesel fuel reduction. The lesser amount of trucks you put in transit, the lower amount of diesel fuel used, the lower the carbon dioxide emissions. Hard to believe? Try us. We’ll gladly tell you that in some cases we have removed estimates of around 360 truckloads from the roadways. By removing these truckloads, we saved businesses approximately $21,000+ a year. All the while reducing carbon emissions.
Unnecessary Waste of Packaging Products
Products like stretch film and bubble packaging tend to be at high risk for wasteful applications. Luckily, there are ways to not waste such expensive products. For instance, after working with one of our customers, we simply showed them how to wrap pallets correctly. This process combined with using a different, but more durable film, reduced their stretch wrap use by 32%. This amount can be drastic for some companies using large amounts of packaging products like stretch film. With a reduction of over 150k cases per year, major savings were seen for our customer.