When we talk about sustainability applied to logistics are various measures that can be taken to improve the functioning of a logistics operator in this regard. From fleet management systems through GPS systems or mobile communication systems, to implementation of advanced applications that solve combinatorial optimization problems routes, plus smart labeling or reverse logistics, are techniques that favor the three cornerstones in which sustainable logistics are based.
But there is a problem, very common today, despite the increasingly widespread idea of environmental protection. It is the over packaging.
In Spain, from a few years ago, supermarkets do not give away plastic bags to their customers for carrying their purchase. And this has been a considerable decline in their use and thus the amount of plastic we throw away annually. But measures like this should be accompanied by a rationalization in packaging of many products that reach the consumer’s hands within disproportionate packaged systems.
When we buy products through internet, it is common that we get home the product in question in countless containers, one inside the other, like a set of Russian dolls. The final package is infinitely greater than the purchased product.
Similarly, we can buy some packaged products in huge plastic blister totally disproportionate to the size of the product and the opening is sometimes very complicated.
We can also acquire certain foods packaged irrationally. We found bananas as photography, packaged individually when purchasing parts are not normally done (and if done, it surely is for immediate consumption, so that the package does not make sense). We can also meet snacks, individually wrapped which in turn are packed in groups of 3, 4 or 6 units, which in turn are in boxes of various packages. Excessive packaging without any doubt.
The adequacy of the size of product packaging, the use of biodegradable materials other than plastic, so harmful to the environment, or avoid packaged products whose use or consumption not require, are measures that definitely favor the three pillars of sustainable logistics. On one hand, the economy by optimizing space in transport of goods, on the other, the environment by reducing the amount of garbage, and ultimately, society by reducing resource consumption in transport and thus also the contamination.
There are other interesting alternatives but we see in another post.