1. What challenges does your business face in regards to waste/pollution?
We are a logistics business and car emissions, getting parcels from A to B has a big impact on the environment.
Internally as a team, we also have struggled with recycling knowledge and our office waste.
2. How do you address these challenges?
We have started our journey looking at our logistics solutions. We have partnered with Bonds Couriers, who have recently purchased a Renault Kangoo, this is a 100% carbon-free, electric vehicle. We are working with Bonds to create pickup and drop off runs of consolidated parcels in this electric van.
This is a two-fold strategy, consolidating parcels and sending them to Parcelpoint location instead of individual people’s homes, means we are getting many parcels in one load. We are then looking to pick up returning parcels that go back to retailers that have been dropped off at Parcelpoints back into the electric van.
This means the van is always carrying parcels, it reduces emissions of a regular van but becomes carbon-free on the last mile with the electric van. It’s the very start of this journey for us but an exciting one!
Internally, we recently changed over our power supplier to Powershop a more ethical choice for our electricity. We also have been purchasing recycled and toilet paper. And, very excitingly we have new KeepCups and reusable water bottles on order which we have given to our team. We have asked everyone to no longer use single-use coffee cups.
We also started a sustainability committee and have been looking into ways to educate our team on better recycling habits.
3. Do you measure your impact?
We are about to work through a project that measures the impacts of using the diesel delivery vans, the electric vans and also takes in the view of having 1400 Parcelpoint locations across Australia where people pickup or drop off their parcels instead of getting delivered to their homes. We will be looking at things like, what impact people have when they choose to walk, catch public transport or drive/uber to pick up their parcel vs the one-to-one home delivery choice.
We have 25 people in our office, all who have been previously using single-use coffee cups and averaging 1 coffee a day, 5 days a week at work. That’s 6500 single-use coffee cups that will now no longer go into landfill. This will be similar for our water bottle usage.
4. Do you try to account/limit your waste output?
We have asked the team to no longer buy plastic or throw away cutlery for team lunches so that we can limit what we throw away. We have signage now placed above our recycling and regular bins to educate the team on what can go in each bin.
We are really starting our journey on waste management, recycling and carbon emissions and excited to be able to plan for a future with less impact on the environment.