Product Damage Takes a Toll on the Environment
Unfortunately when products are damaged the environment suffers. There are many factors that contribute to a business's eco-footprint and product damage is high on the list. Product damages affect:
For shippers, sizing up the financial hit from damaged products is standard operating procedure. But the impact from damages extends well-beyond the bottom line. Aside from taking a toll on profits, damages have an immense effect on our environment, and shippers should take notice.
In fact, each damaged product, on average, adds 40.4 pounds of carbon dioxide gas emissions into the atmosphere. Couple that with the fact that today’s landscape is shifting, where the environment, and what we’re collectively doing as organizations to protect it, is taking center stage.
“A new era of corporate sustainability is here, and it’s having a great effect on businesses,” said Daché Davidson, VP of Marketing at Pregis, a leading manufacturer and provider of innovative packaging and protective products. “And these businesses need to know how the decisions they make impact the world around them. Today’s customers are interested in doing business with those that invest in the environment and make conscious decisions that support protecting it,” she said.
This is why Pregis created the first-ever tool of its kind for environmentally conscious shippers: the EcoGauge calculator, an app that uses a shipper’s unique data to accurately measure the environmental impact of their damaged products
Inspiring Action with Insights The EcoGauge app helps shippers understand and quantify the environmental impact of products damaged during transit. The app, available for use on desktop and mobile devices, analyzes data provided by the shipper, including the quantity of annual packages shipped, damage rate and average product weight. It then calculates the anticipated resources needed to dispose of damaged products and deliver replacements.
“The numbers don’t lie,” Davidson said. “Armed with data, shippers can take action to reduce their environmental impact – including reducing waste and adequately protecting products with better protective packaging materials,” she said. “Ensuring each product ordered online is delivered to a customer only once – instead of multiple times due to damages – is one of the best ways shippers can show a real commitment to sustainability.”
Numbers Don't Lie
EcoGauge offers a comprehensive look at environmental impacts, including the usage of trees, gasoline, electricity and natural gas. It also measures carbon dioxide and methane gas emissions, habitat loss, solid waste destined for landfills and the impact on water quality. In most cases, the data are eye-opening.
To put things in perspective, according to a new white paper on eCommerce damages and sustainability, the average damaged product uses the following resources and has the following effects on the environment: