The U.S. Postal Service delivers more than 212 billion pieces of mail each year, and you can bet holiday shipping accounts for a hefty chunk of the shipping pie.
Reducing and reusing are this season’s buzz words for saving both time, money and valuable resources.
Cardboard is used to ship 90 percent of all products in the U.S. as it’s a sturdy mainstay that’s easily reused and recycled.
Non-toxic and biodegradable, recycled cardboard takes 25 percent less energy to manufacture products than the use of virgin materials to make new cardboard. Remember to look for cardboard boxes made from recycled content.
Keep in mind that foam peanuts are made from polystyrene and are usually not recyclable. Save the peanuts from packages you receive and reuse them for later shipping.
If sending out a family Christmas card is a holiday custom, rethink tradition and send your friends and family links to photo slideshows you’ve created. Wishing someone a happy holidays with video or pictures will outshine a card any day.
For those stacks of holiday greeting cards you will undoubtedly receive this season, remember to recycle paperboard and paper envelopes. If you just can’t bear to toss them in the bin, get crafty and use them to make small boxes for decoration or gift-giving or as a festive gift tag.