I cannot tell you how many times I have gone to the store lately and been so disappointed by the packaging or some other non-green thing. If you wanted to be plastic free there simply are things you could not purchase. According to Stephen Jannise of Software Advice, Whole Foods recently announced that they are working with the companies that provide them products to sell requiring them to the provide products in more environmentaly friendly packaging.
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Here are three main environmental issues that companies are looking at in making greener decisions:
Sourcing – In order to claim that their supply chains truly are green, many companies are holding their suppliers to higher environmental standards. This could mean submitting new operational requirements to current suppliers or leaving current suppliers to find greener ones.
Packaging – Products are sold in packages and travel in larger packages. Many package types are either non-reusable or non-recyclable. Also, bulky packaging often prevents more items from being transported at a time. In order to solve these problems, some companies have invested in more efficient packaging made of durable materials.
Delivery – Traditional principles of delivery often sacrifice efficiency for speed. Rather than wait for a full truckload, companies often dispatch less-than-truckload (LTL) deliveries. As critics have suggested, LTL deliveries are basically “transporting air” and polluting the air at the same time. Thus, many companies have devoted themselves to “despeeding” their supply chain in order to deliver full truckloads.