Businesses across Australia are following guidelines set by Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation to bring problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic packaging to an all-time low by 2025. For many companies, this means reducing plastic use in their operations and warehouses wherever possible.
One area that warehouses can become more eco-friendly and efficient in, is the packing room. Products that are packed into cartons that are too big for the product inside is a common culprit to wasteful and unnecessary amounts of protective void-filling (environmentally friendly or not), and often results in transit damages due to the extra internal carton space.
A simple fix to this issue to ensure your warehouse has a good range of carton sizes available for different product types. This will help to reduce overall packaging usage and can also lead to a reduction of freight costs due to smaller carton sizes and less weight in the package.
Online organic tea business, The Tea Hut, reduced their packaging and freight expenses by 50% and eliminated the need for protective void fill by sourcing the perfect sized shipping cartons for their orders from Signet. Signet has a wide range of carton sizes in stock, along with adjustable cartons for awkwardly shaped products. Same day despatch and distribution from five warehouse locations ensure our customers don’t need to worry about storing cartons in their facilities, taking up valuable floor space.
Another packaging element that can be optimised or reduced is stretch film or pallet wrap. Signet packaging specialists’ frequently observe customers using film that is not fit for purpose or not being used to its full potential. By analysing their stretch film usage, Signet’s team can often downgauge their plastic thickness and optimise their wrapping procedures, leading to significant reductions in plastic and costs, and increased efficiency.
Signet helped customer Bam Wine Logistics increase the number of pallets they can wrap per roll of stretch film from 98 to 138 and achieve cost savings of 13% through a Tertiary Packaging Optimisation Project. Fresh produce grower and distributor, Center West Exports, reduced their plastic usage by 28 tonnes each year through a similar partnership with Signet.
Any reduction, big or small, in the consumption of energy, resources, or packaging will help your warehouse become more environmentally friendly and improve your business’s bottom line.
5. Optimise warehouse process and flow
By optimising your warehouse layout, and revising legacy systems and processes, there may be opportunities to introduce eco-friendly packaging options that result in time and resource improvements.
A quick win for many organisations is to ensure packaging items are easily accessible to reduce time and motion around the warehouse.
Retail brand, Ever Eco, is the perfect example of how re-thinking a process can lead to multiple benefits that directly and indirectly create a more sustainable warehouse.
They streamlined their packing process by switching to the automated FillPak TT Paper and machine from a manual void filling system.