Green initiatives are popping up across virtually every industry as people are becoming increasingly more environmentally conscious of the way they do business. In relocation and logistics this is no exception. This is a positive business trend that has many benefits to communities, stakeholders and the environment as a whole but also comes with a misconception that “going green” equates to “spending green” for your company. The idea that green initiatives result in higher costs may be true in some instances but here are 3 ways where the opposite may be true and could offer your company a huge savings on their logistics projects and help your community in the process.
1. Recycling Material
Logistics and distribution projects often include a decommission component where new product is being delivered to be swapped out with whatever was existing. Whether you are replacing retail fixture or new cubicle systems the question centers around how to dispose of the unwanted product after the job is complete. Rather than paying high disposal fees, metal and other materials can be disposed of at no cost or in some cases pay your company money in exchange when you use a recycler. That’s as green as it gets!
2. Donation to Nonprofits and Charity
Ask your logistics provider if they are associated with local nonprofits and charities when your scope of work includes disposing of old furniture or potentially usable items. Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill and similar outfits will often take your unwanted product sight unseen at no cost. This allows you to avoid the landfill and help the community.
3. Green Crates
If you are relocating or doing internal moves in your business or facility ask your provider if they offer reusable tote boxes or “Green Crates”. These are plastic bins that can be used over and over again without the need to dispose of cardboard or other material and often cost less than traditional boxes.