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Future Parcel Delivery Growth Hinges on Green Considerations

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Right now, the parcel delivery industry is buoyant. A recent industry study revealed that the volume of deliveries taking place rose by 12% to 2.5bn. In the UK, spending rose by 8% compared to 2016, totalling some £10bn. Globally, 65 billion parcels were delivered last year, with China and the United States leading the way.

65 billion is a huge number of deliveries that, with online retail on the rise, is set to grow even further this year and beyond. However, many of these deliveries will be for single parcels, using a significant amount of fuel in the process. The financial and environmental cost of transporting a solitary package is something that delivery firms may have to address in future.

Fuel Usage

The cost of crude oil has been fluctuating in recent months, giving couriers little notice of how much each journey will set them back. Prices at the pump have shot up in the last six weeks, owing much to uncertainty in the Middle East and Venezuela. They now stand at 118.1p per litre, up by nearly four pence from the end of July. Diesel prices followed a similar trajectory.

To fill up a 40-litre tank, it would cost £47.24, but another cost comes in the form of emissions. Using either petrol or diesel to run a delivery van or truck will have a negative impact on the environment. For delivery firms who want to be as green as humanly possible, making multiple journeys for individual packages has an air of irresponsibility.

One simple solution to this problem could come in the form of delivering multiple packages in the same trip. It sounds easy to do and, for the most part, it is. Even when using a delivery truck for the heaviest parcels, doing several trips in one go would mean not having to refuel as often, helping to bring down both the environmental and financial costs.

Big Deliveries

The larger the package is, the more expensive it is to transport. However, by using heavy parcel delivery services that take several large parcels in one go, the environmental cost per delivery will be greatly reduced. Having several smaller items as part of one, larger package would further reduce any costs that would have otherwise gone on individual deliveries.

When it comes to evenly distributing the weight of parcels, the way in which they are loaded can have a profound impact on fuel consumption. Keeping all the parcels in a van or truck laid flat will see the weight distributed more evenly.

In doing this rather than placing all the parcels in the back, it creates less drag while the van/truck is in transit. This is a trick that all delivery companies, large and small, will need to pull off if they are to keep their industry growing.

Different Measures

For the foreseeable future, the vehicles used for parcel delivery are likely to change. The phasing out of diesel and petrol cars in the UK will see vans running on electricity become a reality, vastly reducing the carbon footprint of businesses nationwide. Also on the environmental front, electric drones are being used for smaller packages.

These tiny drones are slowly revolutionizing the way in which deliveries work. Although there are several kinks to be worked out, some major brands including Amazon and Domino’s have used them with some success. They will, however, need to be adapted to cope with larger or multiple deliveries to make them more eco-friendly.

 

 

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Want to Connect With Nature? Start by Disconnecting From Busyness

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Have you ever found yourself staring at one of your (many) devices and feeling slightly disgusted with how much time you waste on technology? If so, you aren’t alone. We all have moments like these and it’s important that we use them as motivation to change – especially if we want to be more connected with nature.

How Busyness Impacts Your Connection With Nature

Whether you realize it or not, you live an ultra connected life. Between smart phones, tablets, computers, and wearable devices, you’re never very far from some sort of technology that can connect you to the internet or put you in touch with other people. That’s just the world we live in.

While it could be argued that this sort of omnipresent connectivity is a positive thing, it’s also pretty clear that being permanently tethered to technology impacts our ability to strip away distractions and connect with nature.

When you’re always within arm’s reach of a device, you feel a sense of busyness.  Whether it’s browsing your social media feed, uploading a picture, reading the news, or responding to an email, there’s always something to do. As someone who wants to spend more time in nature, this is problematic.

4 Practical Ways to Disconnect

If you want to truly connect with nature and live a greener lifestyle, you have to be proactive about finding ways to disconnect. Here are a few practical suggestions:

1. Switch to a New Phone Plan

It’s not always practical to totally unplug from the world. Family and work responsibilities mean you can’t go off the grid and continue to fulfill your responsibilities. Having said that, there are some ways to scale back.

One suggestion is to switch to a prepaid phone plan. When you have a prepaid phone plan, you’re far less likely to spend hours and hours of your time making phone calls, sending texts, and surfing the web. It forces you to be more conscious of what you’re doing.

2. Get Rid of Social Media

Social media is one of the biggest time wasters for most people. Whether you realize it or not, it’s also a huge stressor. You’re constantly being exposed to the best snapshots of everyone else’s lives, which makes you feel like you’re missing out on something (even when you aren’t).

If you want to feel a sense of relief and free yourself up to spend more time in nature, get rid of social media. Don’t just delete the apps off your phone – actually disable your accounts. It’s a bold, yet necessary step.

3. Create Quiet Hours

If you aren’t able to get rid of social media and disable various online accounts, the next best thing you can do is establish quiet hours each day where you totally detach from technology. You should do this for a minimum of three hours per day for best results.

4. Build Community

Do you know why we’re drawn to social media and our devices? Whether consciously or subconsciously, it’s because we all want to be connected to other people. But do you know what’s better than connecting with people online? Connecting with them in person.

As you build real life, person-to-person relationships, you’ll feel less of a need to constantly have your eyes glued to a screen. Connect with other people who have an appreciation for nature and bond over your mutual interests.

Untether Your Life

If you find yourself constantly connected to a device, then this is probably a clear indicator that you aren’t living your best life. You certainly aren’t enjoying any sort of meaningful connection with nature. Now’s as good a time as any to untether your life and explore what a world free from cords, screens, and batteries is really like.

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6 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Move

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Moving can be a stressful and challenging time. No matter how many times you’ve done it in the past, the process of packing up, transporting, and unpacking isn’t very fun. It’s also not very eco-friendly. As you prepare for your next move, there are things you can do to ensure you leave less of a footprint behind.

6 Tips for a Greener Move

Because of the stress and pressure felt when moving, it’s pretty common for people to rush through the process and focus on getting it done. In fact, a lot of people take an “at all costs” approach; they’ll do whatever it takes to make the process as cheap and fast as possible. Don’t be one of those people. It doesn’t take much effort to turn a standard move into an eco-friendly move.

1. Maximize Each Trip

When moving across town, it’s imperative that you make as few trips as possible. Each trip requires more gas, more emissions, and more waste, and more time.

If you’re taking your personal vehicle, consider pulling a trailer behind it. You’d be surprised how much stuff you can fit into a small trailer. Not only will it make your move greener, but it’ll also save you a lot of time.

2. Donate Things You Don’t Want to Keep

The longer you live somewhere, the more junk you accumulate. This isn’t always obvious until you start packing for a big move. Instead of bringing all of these things with you to your next home, get rid of the stuff you don’t need! If the items are useful, donate them. If the items don’t have much value, toss them.

3. Reuse Moving Boxes

Not only are moving boxes expensive, but they’re also wasteful. If you need a bunch of cardboard boxes, consider looking around on Craigslist, asking friends, or checking the dumpsters behind stores. You can usually find a bunch of recycled boxes of all different shapes and sizes. Here are 12 places you can get them for free.

4. Get Creative With Packing

Who says you need moving boxes? You may find that it’s possible to do most of your move without all that cardboard. Things like storage containers, trashcans, filing cabinets, buckets, and dressers can all store items. Blankets and sheets can be used in lieu of bubble wrap to prevent your items from getting damaged.

5. Use Green Cleaning Supplies

Once you arrive at your new place, resist the urge to pull out a bunch of harsh chemicals to clean the place. You can do yourself (and the planet) a favor by using green cleaning supplies instead. Ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and ammonia are great to start with.

6. Forward Your Mail ASAP

Don’t delay in forwarding your mail from your previous address to your new one. Not only is it wasteful for the Postal Service to route your mail to a place where you don’t live, but the next owner is probably just going to toss your letters in the trash.

Moving Doesn’t Have to be Wasteful

Most people only move once every few years. Some people will go a decade or more without a move. As a result, the process of moving often feels strange and new. The less experience you have with it, the less likely it is that you’ll be as efficient as you should. But instead of just diving into the process blind, take some time to learn about what an eco-friendly move looks like. That way, you can leave behind the smallest footprint possible.

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