Reducing your carbon footprint with right-sized packing

May 22, 2024

Keep your operations running smoothly 

At Conveyor Systems Ltd, we understand the importance of sustainability in today’s business landscape. For eCommerce, 3PL, warehouse, and fulfilment centres, lowering your carbon footprint is not just a goal but also a responsibility. That’s why we offer innovative solutions that not only streamline operations but also contribute to a greener planet. 


Understanding your requirements

At CSL, we recognise that 3PL companies operate within a multifaceted environment where speed, accuracy, and reliability are paramount. 3PL companies are tasked with managing complex supply chains while meeting stringent delivery schedules and maintaining cost-effectiveness. Moreover, they bear the responsibility of ensuring seamless coordination between suppliers, carriers, and their clients customers.

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The problem with traditional packaging 

Traditional packaging methods often involve using oversized boxes filled with single use plastic void fillers to protect products during transit. While this might seem like a necessary precaution, it comes with significant environmental consequences. Void fillers are usually made from materials like foam, plastic, or paper, which contribute to pollution and waste. Additionally, oversized packaging takes up more space during transportation, leading to increased fuel consumption and emissions. 


The scale of the challenge 

It’s great that businesses in the UK sends a lot of packages to customers each year in the UK. But with this increase in deliveries, particularly since the pandemic in 2020, it’s more important than ever to consider the environmental and financial impact of sending goods to customer.  

The stats 

  • The most popular items to be sent in the UK are, Books, Clothing, footwear and electronic equipment 
  • In 2022 3.6 billion packages were sent in the UK 
  • That’s about 132 packages delivered every second in the UK 
  • However 61% of customers are willing to wait slightly longer for more eco-friendly deliveries 
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The solution: Right-sized packaging machines 

Right-sized packaging machines offer a sustainable alternative to traditional packaging methods. By accurately measuring and cutting packaging materials to fit the dimensions of each product/order, these machines eliminate the need for void fillers altogether. This not only reduces waste but also optimises the use of packaging materials, minimising the amount of material required for each shipment.

Environmental benefits 

Reduced waste 

With right-sized packaging, there’s no need for excess packaging materials or void fillers, significantly reducing waste generation. 

 Optimised transportation 

By using packaging that fits the product snugly, less space is wasted during transportation. This means more products can be shipped in each load, leading to fewer trips and lower carbon emissions. 

 Resource efficiency 

Our machines ensure that packaging materials are used efficiently, minimising the consumption of resources such as cardboard, paper, and plastic. 

 Lower carbon footprint 

By cutting down on waste and optimising transportation, companies can significantly reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to a healthier environment. 

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We are committed to helping our customers achieve their sustainability goals while improving operational efficiency. Right-sized packaging machines offer a simple yet effective way to reduce waste, minimise resource consumption, and lower carbon emissions. The roller conveyors we use are 24v and are fitted with ‘sleep’ sensors’ to turn off and reduce the amount of energy consumed, all of these things help reduce your carbon footprint.  

Together, and with the right automation equipment, we can make a positive impact on the planet while optimising your packaging processes. 


Contact us today to learn more about how our solutions can benefit your business and the environment. 

  • Telephone: 01283 55 22 55 

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