One area eCommerce businesses can create a more sustainable strategy is through packaging. The global eCommerce industry used approximately 2.1 billion pounds of plastic packaging in 2019[iv] and the UK is the third biggest culprit after the US and China[v]. On top of that, eCommerce used 10x more packaging than bricks and mortar stores[vi], with many businesses over packaging to ensure products arrive undamaged. Many businesses are beginning to tap into more eco-friendly options, focusing on recyclable bags and reducing the size of parcels to avoid stuffing boxes full of plastic.
However, the final mile to the consumer is one of the most opportune areas for improvement and is becoming a key focal point for eCommerce businesses. Going green in an industry that relies on carbon emitting vans on roads is easier said than done. With significant logistics and delivery systems, it’s clear that eCommerce businesses are dealing with a large carbon footprint. For the past few years, environmental technology such as drones and delivery robots have been touted as future solutions, as well as utilising current mainstream services such as Parcelshops and using Electric Vehicles.