Packaging can significantly increase postage costs in the UK and so there’s nothing wrong with reusing old boxes and bubble wrap. Not only is it good for the environment, but it will also save you a considerable amount of money a year. If you don’t have too many parcels sent to your office, talk to your local supermarket or any other businesses near you that might be inundated with boxes. It’s likely that they’ll be all too happy to give you some. Only pick ones in a good condition though – remember that your customer might not be happy receiving something in a scruffy box. Beware boxes with holes, creases, or tears. This is particularly true with larger boxes or when sending heavier items, as any damage will impact the structure of the box, making it less likely to withstand any bumps in the journey.
Build up a stash of packaging materials
Wondering how to get cheap postage? Well, you can save on packaging equipment such as bubble wrap and packing peanuts by keeping any that you receive - provided they're clean and still in a good working order. Packing peanuts can be easily stored in a large bin bag or box, and topped up whenever you get a new package full. Ask friends and family members to save items for you too, but watch out for bubble wrap that has been wrapped in sticky tape - it's near impossible to peel off without damaging the protective bubbles. When re-using bubble wrap use a magic tape to seal - it's much easier for your customers to open.
Making the inside of the box look nice
Wrapping the items in coloured tissue can compensate for an obviously recycled outer packaging - and tissue paper that's only been used once before is likely to still look like new. Consider getting some branded stickers made; these can be done relatively cheaply and will add a professional touch to both the inside and the outside of your parcel.
Old newspapers are always a good go-to for recycled packaging. When screwed up, the paper will make very sturdy packaging for delicate items. You can also use shredded paper - just make sure that none of the shredded sheets are confidential, as the information may still be legible.
What about alternative packaging solutions?
Think outside the box and try alternatives such as popcorn! Of course, make sure it's unsalted, un-sugared and definitely not toffee flavour - plain popcorn makes a great green alternative to Styrofoam peanuts - it's cheaper too. You'll have to pop it first though – and just remember when sending internationally to check that corn isn’t a prohibited item in the destination country.
So long as you take care with the wrapping and the packaging, there's no reason why the customer should think any less of your brand by using recycled materials. You could even get some stickers or a stamp made saying 'Recycled packaging' to highlight the fact you're re-using, recycling, and taking care of the environment! Being eco-friendly and saving on postage rates has never been easier.