In our blog series, we reported already on some elements of the action we have taken, like the collection of old mobile phones inspired by NABU (“Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union”), the purchase of plug-in hybrid company cars and the implementation of smart energy management in our daily routine.
Today, we would like to highlight how to proceed in a sustainable way in purchase and shipping.
The rising ecological conscience in both companies and in the private sector makes people rethink their consumption habits with regard to production and the recycling chain. Packaging waste has risen sharply in the last years. We, too, noticed that when looking at garbage bins getting full faster and faster and convened on how we could limit us in this aspect and how we can act more eco-friendly.
One example is the usage of returnable packaging, causing much less waste in purchasing.
The term ‚returnable packaging‘ refers to packaging that commutes between manufacturer and customer and this contribute substantially to sustainability. The multiple usage of this packaging does not only bring about an advantage in respect of more concious handling of resources, but is also beneficial economically as we contain our expenditures by the multiple usage and the longevity of the packaging.
We receive the returnable packaging for our components from our provider. The product-specific inlays are designed in order to ship similar products in a well-arranged and protected fashion. Whenever we receive another component, for example a bigger one, from our provider, the inlay is easy to re-arrange thanks to its ingenious plug-and-remove conception, allowing a rapid rearrangement.
Another, equally significant element of our packaging is the stuffing material. Here, we embark on the challenge to re-use as much material as possible from our purchase department. Be it bubble wrap, wrapping paper or packing chips made of corn starch – our products are protected in the best possible way while at the same time reducing the waste.
We thus contribute every day our share to a more sustainable world.