For any business, particularly one that regularly sends and receives items as part of standard operations, reducing overhead in any way possible is a vital task. Within the world of shipping and packaging supplies, one of the big factors here is decreasing your waste output.
At Nash Packaging, we have a variety of product packaging supplies to help you become more efficient in your shipping processes. Here are some tips we can offer on reducing your packaging waste and use of shipping supplies, both to save you money in overhead and to benefit the environment.
To start off here, do broad assessment of the current materials and processes you’re using for shipping. Start with your materials – are they reusable or recyclable? If not, are there such options out there?
In addition, dig into specific processes you use. Make sure things like your film width and seals are using the necessary packaging amounts, and not more – reducing little areas here or there can dramatically lower your costs and reduce the waste you produce.
One tactic for the highly conscious business owner or manager: Check to see if there are any areas where you can use waste in the production of any of your business’s finished goods. Various items of packaging waste can often be repurposed, whether it’s for customer products or just re-use around the office. If this isn’t an option, make sure you use recyclable options wherever possible and take part in this effort at all times.
If you’re making a move to more sustainable and efficient packaging methods, it’s vital that your entire team is trained on these upgrades and new processes. Just because you as an owner or manager are highly environmentally conscious doesn’t mean all your employees are, and you need to set aside specific time for training and adjusting to new protocols.
One important area here is visible reminders about new policies or materials. Make sure common waste areas have signs or other reminders about how to minimize waste, and make things like recycling bins easy to find and use. Give employees the freedom to share their ideas when it comes to sustainability as well – this will promote a positive environment where employees feel like they’re doing good and their opinions are valued.
The single largest factor in shipping material costs is the shape and design of packages themselves, and this is a big area you can tweak in many cases. Your package designs should specifically incorporate sustainable and recyclable materials and processes, with minimalist themes wherever possible. Not only will this save you money on the back end in both material and fuel costs, it will benefit the environment significantly.
For more on reducing waste in packaging and shipping areas, or to learn about any of our packaging supplies, speak to the pros at Nash Packaging today.