Environmental Planning Tool and Optional Policy & Vision Statement Generator
IV. PACKAGING & FULFILLMENT
[ORGANIZATION NAME] believes that sourcing environmentally preferred papers and other materials is only a beginning. Equally important is efficient use of papers and materials once they are purchased, particularly in such areas as package and fulfillment. [If applicable to the goals and/or nature of your business, please select one or more of the following options.]
We work continually to eliminate unnecessary packaging materials that do not protect merchandise or enhance its presentation before prospects and customers.
We commit publicly to reduce the amount of packaging materials we use by percent during the next years.
In our fulfillment, we implement packaging guidelines that optimize the ratio between the size of outgoing shipments and the size of cartons used.
In our fulfillment, we use reusable packaging that allow customers to return items in the same package used for shipping to ease the return process.
We sort incoming packaging materials for recycling collection.
We reuse incoming packaging materials for outgoing shipments where possible.
We employ lighter-weight or efficient packing materials where possible to minimize volume/weight and reduce our environmental footprint.
We encourage packaging suppliers to submit alternate solutions for environmentally preferable packaging, in addition to quoting prices on approved or existing specifications.
We share packaging guidelines with vendors to reduce the volume of incoming packaging per item.
We specify environmentally preferable packaging and packing material to vendors who ship to distribution points or directly to our customers.
We encourage customers to participate in any existing national packaging/recycle program wherever possible.
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See DMA Environmental Resource Guide, "Packaging and Fulfillment: Environment and Waste Management," pages 71-78. http://www.the-dma.org/environmentguide/