How companies are making deliveries more sustainable
As the world crosses the two-year milestone of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have found ways to get the daily necessities without leaving the comforts of home. When the country was first hit by a surge in COVID-19 cases and lockdown orders kept an entire population indoors, the delivery of food and other necessities exploded in popularity as people avoided gathering in public. Then, almost overnight, it became the norm, with e-commerce sales jumping 32% in 2020 and another 14.2% in 2021. Delivery people were classified as essential workers because of this trend . Now, even as most of the world has opened up to vaguely resemble a pre-COVID society, online shopping and delivery habits have remained an unwavering convenience.
The problem, unfortunately, is that most things that arrive by delivery also come with a lot of packaging, which means a lot of waste goes straight to landfills, not to mention the carbon footprint it leaves behind. them. According to a report by Oceana, online retail giant Amazon alone produced nearly 500 million pounds of plastic packaging in 2019. The report estimates that more than 22 million pounds landed in the rivers and oceans – imagine a van full of plastics dumped on the shore every 70 minutes.
While this is just one example of the more troubling aspects of delivery services, there are a myriad of companies that are actively moving towards more sustainable and eco-friendly practices. Routific outlined four main ways large companies are making delivery services more sustainable. Research is coming…