UPS has launched a new packaging program that will assess customers' shipments based on environmental standards

Under the Eco Responsible Packaging Program, UPS will evaluate a customer's packaging processes in three areas of sustainability: damage prevention, right-sizing and packaging materials. UPS will score the results and those customers who meet the requirements can display the program's logo on their shipment packaging.

According to UPS, damaged goods not only frustrate the recipient but often lead to the need to remanufacture and reship, doubling the carbon footprint. By shrinking the size of the box, UPS can use less material, and fewer assets are needed to transport the package. In addition, using packing and shipping materials with a more sustainable profile is good for the environment, UPS claims.

UPS' methodology and processes are verified by Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS), an inspection, verification, testing and certification company.

"Our engineers have always directed our customers to use the right kind of packaging to protect their goods," said Bob Stoffel, senior vice president, engineering, strategy, supply chain and sustainability. "This service gives our customers a new way to demonstrate that they are serious about sustainability when it comes to shipment packaging."

The program is conducted by the UPS Package Engineering Group, which is known for its expertise in transport packaging principles and also sought out the expertise of third-parties to ensure that its standards represent best practices.

"Embedding environmental evaluation in day-to-day packaging decisions is a critical step to improving the stewardship and conservation of valuable resources for the future," said Anne Johnson, director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.

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