Saturday, June 26, 2010

Green Shipping and Mailing

Shipping items is taxing on the environment, but there are ways to reduce your impact on the environment when sending things to friends, family, and customers. Start by recycling a box. Most of us have boxes laying around. If it has printing or labels on it, flip it inside out and re-tape it. Write the address right on the package, there is no need to use a label. For delicate items, use newspaper as a cushion instead of styrofoam packing peanuts (it's much better for the environment). Encourage the recipient to recycle the box and packaging.

When you receive a package, make sure to recycle the box and all packaging materials. If your package included styrofoam packaging peanuts you can take them to a pack and ship store to be reused.

When taking a trip to the post office, consider walking or biking.

**image courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

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