Sending a care package to someone you love is a great way to let them know that you’re thinking of them. And when shipping constitutes almost 90% of the world’s trade, it’s not too tough to get a package sent. But is there a more eco-friendly way to do it? Here are a few tips that can help you show how much you care for your friends and for the environment.

Use Recycled Packing Materials

When you’re trying to make your care packages a little more eco-friendly, one of the first and easiest steps you can take is changing up your packaging. Using recycled materials or sustainable materials that can be repurposed is an excellent way to make your packages a little friendlier to the environment. And you wouldn’t be the only one doing so! Even metalworking companies are big on recycling products. In fact, steel is the most recycled material on the planet with almost 90% recycled content. If an entire industry can prioritize utilizing recycled materials to create new things, then changing up your packaging to be more eco-friendly should be a breeze. Here are a few ways to do just that.

  • Use paper instead of plastic to pad the items you’re shipping.
  • Reuse an old cardboard box for your package.
  • Ship more than one item in each package.
  • Reduce the number of packaging materials you use.
  • Don’t mix recyclable and non-recyclable items in your package.

These are just a few of the many ways you can make your packaging itself more eco-friendly. Sometimes a little change is all it takes to create a package that’s better for the environment!

Gift Items You Already Own

The average home has almost 300,000 items in it. If you’re crafting a care package for someone you love, it’s worth considering putting some of those items you might not need to better use. For example, if you have an extensive collection of scented candles that you really don’t plan on putting to use anytime soon, consider regifting them to someone who you know will put them to better use. Not only will you be sending a great gift to someone you care about, but you won’t be contributing any more waste to the environment by purchasing something brand new. Care packages often include things like tea, snacks, and other thoughtful items, as well. If you have a package of good tea that you haven’t opened or some trinkets you know your loved one will enjoy and put to good use, this is an excellent opportunity to show you care and clear out your shelves a bit.

Restrict Your Packaging

The larger your parcel is, the more money it will cost to ship. In addition, a large parcel may mean that a courier has to make multiple trips for the delivery because they simply can’t fit another large package into their vehicle. As a result, the carbon footprint of your package may end up being much bigger than you initially thought. The more compact you can make your packages, the less of an impact you’re going to have on the environment. In addition, if you can fit multiple items into a small package, you won’t need to use as much material to pad those items. Not only are you making it easier on your mail carrier, but you’re also limiting the number of disposable resources you’re using for your package.

Making your care packages a little more eco-friendly doesn’t have to be a hassle. With these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to crafting your signature care packages with an eco-friendly upgrade.