Walker Logistics has eliminated the use of plastic-based void-fill materials in over 90 per cent of the orders it processes at its Berkshire-based fulfilment facility.
Commonly used materials such as bubble wrap, air-filled protective cushions, and polystyrene chips have been replaced by more environmentally friendly alternatives, which Walker produces on-site by recycling its clients’ own in-bound transit packaging.
It is estimated that that last year alone, 78 tonnes, (6.5 tonnes per month), of packing waste was prevented from going into landfills.
William Walker, sales director at Walker Logistics, said: “By turning in-bound transit packaging waste into protective void-fill material that we use to protect outgoing orders, we are not only reusing waste products but also avoiding other less environmentally-friendly forms of transit packaging.
“For online retailers striking a balance between the need to protect products in transit with environmental responsibility is essential.”
By Michelle Mooney