Sustainable packaging service RePack is introducing the world of e-commerce to an alternative to single-use packaging materials with its reusable RePack mailers.
By swapping out standard single-use packaging materials for the reusable RePack mailers, retailers can offer customers a reusable environmentally-friendly alternative to the barrage of single-use packaging all too common for online clothing, consumer goods and other online product purchases.
RePacks are made from recycled plastics (think blue IKEA bags) which, when sent back shrinks their carbon footprint by up to 80% over their single-use counterparts and reduces waste by 96%.
The Helsinki-based RePack is currently working with Zalando and Otto, two of Europe’s largest eRetailers on large-scale pilot projects to replace single-use packaging. The reusable mailers are fully approved by USPS, FedEx, UPS, and DHL.
RePacks replace single-use shipping packaging with it’s specially designed reusable shipping envelopes that are mailed back and reused 20+ times, offering an immediate solution to reducing trash, carbon emissions and primary resource usage.
Earlier this year, RePack launched its reuse service in the US. Customers in the US are now able to send their RePack envelopes back via the postage paid return label to be reused over and over again, then upcycled at the end of their life span. RePack cleans and inspects each envelope, replaces any damaged or lost packages and then recirculates them with its customers.
To motivate end-users to return the packaging and support behaviour change, RePack has created a reward programme that incentivises eCommerce customers to mail back the empty packaging, and to revisit its partner eCommerce company website.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com