What is climate-conscious shipping? 

March 09, 2022 2 min read

What is climate-conscious shipping? 

E-commerce does a lot for the planet. Instead of getting in your car and driving to a store which has to be lit and heated, you can order the exact same product you were after, all at just the click of a button. 

But the challenge with e-commerce is shipping, from the carbon footprint of actually getting the item to your front door, through to the tonnes of packaging that can clutter up our environment.  

In response to this challenge, some of the world’s leading logistics companies have developed a new way of delivering goods around the world which is known as ‘climate-conscious shipping.’ 

What does climate-conscious shipping actually mean? 

Climate-conscious shipping is about trying to minimise the environmental impact of delivering the items that people want.  

What’s different about it? 

Whereas regular logistics companies only think about getting your item to you as cheaply as possible, companies that offer climate-conscious shipping have committed to challenging every stage of their delivery process to find savings and changes that will benefit the environment.  

This means:

1) Replacing plastic with recyclable, plant-based and biodegradable materials.

2) Packing items more efficiently, so that your mascara tube doesn’t come in a box the size of a small cinema screen!

3) Shipping orders in groups to make better use of space.

4) Using local companies to fulfil orders using less energy-intensive transport.

5) Providing re-usable packaging for returns. 

Does it take longer? 

No! Climate-conscious shipping gets your item to you just as quickly as regular shipping. In fact, because of the increased focused on efficiency, you’ll often find that climate-conscious shippers will deliver your items faster than anyone else. 

Do all brands use climate-conscious shipping? 

Unfortunately, the answer is no. Whilst we’re seeing some encouraging signs, this isn’t yet a widespread practice. If you want to be sure that the brand you’re shopping with supports climate-conscious shipping, check their delivery page. 

What about Silly George! 

You bet we do! We know that every action, big or small, can make a difference when it comes to preserving this pretty awesome world of ours, so every single item that we send out is packed, shipped and delivered by a climate-conscious shipping company, at no extra cost. 

What's more, the company we use has just committed to being completely carbon-neutral! 🍃 

That means that, in addition to reducing emissions as much as possible, they also offset the remaining carbon footprint of your delivery by purchasing carbon credits which support climate protection projects around the world. 

So now you can shop for your favourite items and feel like you’re doing a little good at the same time. 😀