Couriers

When using couriers, reduce your carbon footprint by exploring the various ways to ship your items more sustainably.

Choosing a courier that embraces sustainability will not only reduce the footprint of your shipment, but will also encourage other couriers to improve their sustainability practices. 

Choose
  • Couriers and vendors that use sustainable packaging materials, and low carbon methods of transportation.

Before Shipping

  • Recycled content packaging
  • Recyclable or compostable package filling (i.e. recycled paper vs. Styrofoam)

Shipping

  • Online ordering services (paperless)
  • Couriers with a low-emissions fleet (hybrid or electric vehicles)
  • Consolidate orders to reduce number of shipments required
  • If possible, coordinate deliveries with others shipping to the same location
Avoid
  • Packaging made with virgin paper, or with no recycled content
  • Petroleum-based packaging materials (i.e. Styrofoam, plastics)
  • Couriers with paper-only ordering services
  • Couriers with a fossil fuel only vehicle fleet

Labels to Look for

E3 Fleet

Provides an independent review and rating of an organization's transportation fleet, based on factors such as vehicle idling, fuel management, and greenhouse gas emissions performance.