Shipping worldwide can be more environmentally friendly with the right delivery service

14 March, 2022

E-Commerce Sustainability

Online retail will never be 'green'. Products need to travel miles by road or air. But some shipping services are definitely greener than other.

2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions are caused by shipping, however implementing environmentally friendly means to reduce emissions and by lowering your business’s carbon footprint is more achievable now than ever before, especially if you consolidate all orders into single shipments and use low carbon forms of transportation.

The future IS green shipping
As of 2022, one of the largest global logistics providers Asendia now offsets all international transport emissions and has become 100% carbon neutral. Find out more about Asendia’s carbon neutral initiatives here.

Leading by example to a greener future is more important now than ever and other major logistics companies are also investing in eco-friendly initiatives by measuring, benchmarking, and improving freight transportation reducing fuel consumption and increasing efficiency.

Global businesses such as FedEx and UPS are also ‘greening’ their shipping strategy. FedEx commitment to environmental sustainability is through its EarthSmart initiative, helping them be more environmentally conscious with sustainable packaging, fuel efficiency and green vehicle options.
UPS also offers sustainable shipping and fulfilment solutions with eco-friendly packaging options that include reusable envelopes and an environmentally friendly packaging programme.

Even if they start as small changes, investing in green shipping can make a huge difference and can greatly benefit your ecommerce business and your customers who are more eco-aware too with over two-thirds of purpose-driven shoppers admitting to paying an added premium of 35% or more for sustainable purchases, such as recycled or eco-friendly goods and 73% of consumers admitting to changing consumption habits if it meant reducing their impact on the environment.

So, what else can you do to reduce the environmental impact of your ecommerce operation and make your shipping more sustainable?

  • Increase shipping efficiency by introducing smaller package sizes to take up less space on a delivery vehicle in turn cutting shipping costs, reducing emissions and reducing your business’s carbon footprint.
  • Reduce package waste which is a huge blot on the eco-friendly landscape and responsible for a third of all household waste. Use eco-friendly more sustainable packaging such as recycled materials, paper and cardboard. Biodegradable packaging is also a great option to consider. Plus, compostable mailer bags help to cut both waste and fulfilment costs for your business.
  • Consolidating orders is another great way to promote sustainable shipping and fulfilment. By sending out multiple orders in a single package to the same customer will help combat the lack of delivery efficiency in sending out one-off orders on demand reducing the number of delivery vehicles on the road limiting environmental impact.
  • Offset your own carbon footprint from last-mile delivery to have a fully carbon-neutral logistics chain. By offsetting from 2021 and 2022 Asendia will support another EcoAct verified wind farm project, this time in China where coal still covers nearly 70% of the country’s energy needs.

It’s never been a better time, to join the ranks of companies like Asendia that are working towards a greener ecommerce landscape and showcase the ways you are decreasing your carbon footprint. For more information on our sustainability plans, visit our new microsite:


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