using a 3PL
I enjoyed your article comparing boxes and types of void fill and protective packaging. Any thoughts on how consumers view paper versus plastic (paper is more environmentally friendly I would think but not sure if consumers care)?
Well, it’s true that consumers VIEW paper as more eco-friendly, but that’s because they don’t really know how paper vs. plastic (like air pillows) impacts the weight of packages — and thus fuel used in shipping. And that’s before even considering production methods of each (paper production is a messy business).
My advice is this — use the smallest box possible and the best, lightest fill to get packages safely delivered, Overall, plastic air pillows add the least amount of weight to a package, followed by bubble. Kraft paper and newsprint is surprisingly heavy void fill, and in the end, increases rates and fuel costs. Both plastic and paper can be recycled in most parts of the world, so that’s a non-argument.
You can insert a little card in each package or put this information on your website to let shoppers know you consider all of this when selecting your void fill. That can help them feel good about shopping with you. Hope this helps, good luck!