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How businesses can make their logistics and supply lines more eco-friendly

Businesses have a responsibility to reduce the impact their activities have on the environment. In recent years, there has been an increasing number of steps taken by businesses across all industries to reduce their carbon footprint and waste levels, from simple steps such as changing lightbulbs to fuelling environmental initiatives in the local communities.
Supply chains and logistics are crucial parts of any business but more needs to be done to ensure that they are as eco-friendly as possible. An eco-friendly supply chain varies from business to business, small businesses will need to simply invest in local suppliers while large, multi-national companies will need to assess the environmental impact of each business they are involved with to truly achieve an eco-friendly status. Many global companies, such as Wal-Mart, are already leading the way in reducing the impact of their business. Here’s how businesses can begin to achieve an eco-friendly supply line and logistics.

Review packaging

It’s no secret that packaging is responsible for a huge amount of landfill waste, which causes extensive damage to the environment. Businesses should take time to reduce the packaging they use on their supply chain, particularly packaging which uses non-biodegradable materials. There are many couriers who pride themselves on delivering a fast, environmentally friendly service. Small businesses should consider using to compare the prices of their chosen courier service. On a larger scale, businesses should try to reduce the size and weight of their cargo. This will help to save container space, meaning that less shipping is required for individual orders.


Transport is one of the biggest contributors to business’s carbon footprint. Wherever it is by ocean, truck, rail or air shipping contributes greenhouse gases to the environment. The greenest method of transporting goods is shipping, although this is also considerably slower than other methods. Wherever possible, air freight should be avoided as it has the highest amount of carbon emissions. For the greenest supply line possible, ship full container loads (FCL) by ocean.

Carbon offsets

Unfortunately, it’s simply not possible to produce goods with zero carbon emissions. However, businesses can offset their carbon emissions by funding programs which are reducing greenhouse gases. In this way, businesses can make their supply chain and logistics more eco-friendly and support the latest advancements in environmental technology.

Reducing waste

Landfill is a huge contributor to environmental damage, including carbon emissions and ground and water pollution. It is also an expensive aspect of any supply chain. Cutting down on waste is a time consuming process, involving examining each area of the production process and identifying areas where waste can be reduced. From product design to manufacturing, any process which results in the waste of raw material should be redesigned for an eco-friendly supply chain. Finding ways to utilise scrap material is just as important as minimising the waste of raw materials. Fortunately, improvements in technology have made it easier for waste material to be reused at lower costs than disposal.

11 Oct 2017 17:03


About Boris Dzhingarov

Boris Dzhingarov graduated UNWE with a major in marketing. He is the CEO of ESBO ltd brand mentioning agency. He writes for several online sites such as,,, Boris is the founder of and