ShippingEasy is trying to turn the holiday season green with carbon neutral shipping

Recent data shows that 22% of Americans receive a package every day and 57% every week.

The Circuit survey of 1,000 people also found that the rural population is most likely to receive a parcel every day, with 29% of daily parcels going to this segment.

“For most consumers, delivery was all about convenience, with 54% citing it as the top reason for ordering online,” the report says. “Other common reasons, such as too busy to go out (34%), too tired to go out (30%), busy with kids (22%) and stressed out from work (19%) also reflect the convenience of delivery. ”

In general, 55% of respondents said receiving a package makes them happy.

However, all of these packages come with environmental costs. ShippingEasy wants to reduce this social impact and launches the Greenest Way to Ship initiative. Under the program, ShippingEasy will cover the costs of small businesses to offset the carbon emissions of packages shipped during the peak holiday season.

You’re not the only one making headlines with carbon-neutral shipping. Sendle, a certified B-Corp shipping solution, recently announced that its 100% carbon neutral shipping offering is now officially certified carbon neutral.

Climate Neutral is a non-profit organization that helps brands measure their carbon footprint and implement strategies that reduce their footprint to zero. This is accomplished by measuring greenhouse gas emissions, purchasing eligible verified carbon credits to offset that footprint, and implementing plans to reduce emissions over the next year and beyond.

Sendle leverages existing shipping networks to help carriers fill their vehicles and improve utilization across the network. To date, the company says it has compensated for 25 billion kilometers of parcel delivery. Sendle also invests in carbon offsetting and participates in South Pole projects that help regenerate ecosystems, protect habitats and support indigenous communities.

“Currently, the transportation and logistics industry is responsible for 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions,” said Veena Harbaugh, director of sustainability at Sendle. “Reducing the damage caused by shipping to the planet has always been our top priority, so we have committed to making our shipping network 100% carbon neutral from day one. We are now extending that carbon neutrality commitment to everything we do, and achieving this certification is another step on our journey to becoming net zero by 2030 and continuing to work towards an overall more sustainable industry.”

Climate Neutral’s certification builds on internationally recognized standards for carbon measurement and neutrality. All certified brands must measure greenhouse gas emissions from cradle to customer every year to maintain certification. Then a brand must purchase eligible verified carbon credits to offset all of its emissions and direct investments into critical projects that eliminate and avoid emissions from energy, industry and natural systems. Finally, brands must commit to reduction action plans to reduce future emissions over a 12-24 month period and report annually on the progress of those plans.

ShippingEasy also works with South Pole on its program.

“Our goal at ShippingEasy is to help merchants launch and run their e-commerce businesses successfully. I am very proud to announce that we can now also help merchants go carbon neutral during their busiest season,” said Chris Vaughn, ShippingEasy General Manager. “We value sustainability at ShippingEasy and are proud to be able to offer this value as an integrated feature to our merchants and their end customers.”

For every shipment posted via The Greenest Way to Ship, ShippingEasy calculates the carbon impact based on the distance the shipment travels and its mode of transport. Then, ShippingEasy will purchase a matching carbon offset from The Dempsey Ridge Project, a zero-emission, grid-tied wind power source in Oklahoma.

The program runs until January 12, 2023.

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