In the nearly two years since we first launched our QSU initiatives, we’ve achieved about an 80% reduction in single-use plastic. The remaining 20% comes from some tricky plastic items that either don’t have market-ready alternatives, or are industry requirements — things like shrink wrap for pallets during transportation, international shipping requirements for poly bags, and ink cartridges at the office. Here’s how we’re planning to move forward:
Get picky about pallets
One way we’re working to reduce our shrink wrap usage is by downsizing the amount of goods we ship on pallets. By not palletizing our soft goods, we can eliminate the need for shrink wrap on those items, and save approximately 80 feet of plastic shrink wrap for every pallet we bypass.
Use the buddy system
Oftentimes, plastic comes into our warehouses via outside sources, like our vendors and various business partners. We’re working to mitigate this plastic inflow by strengthening our QSU partner requirements — because friends help friends quit single use.
Lean into the third R
For all of the plastic that we have yet to find alternative solutions for, we’re working to develop specialized recycling systems to give new life to our plastic waste.
Share the love
After nearly two years of R&D exploring plastic alternatives, our goal is to share our findings with our business community. Cutting out plastic is tough, so we want to be as helpful as we can for others on this journey.