The Problem

E-commerce is a booming business. In 2019, a total of 3.65 billion shipments were delivered in Germany alone, equivalent to 12 million items a day to up to 7 million recipients. The trend is upward with an annual forecast increase of +4,2% until 2024.​1​

When comparing conventional shopping regarding the hidden environmental costs for transport, heating, lights and storage in the stores, e-commerce often has a better overall ecological performance.​2​ However, the extremely short life of the packaging is one of the most important factors causing the footprint.

Mostly single-use disposable cardboard packaging is used. This causes an extremely high amount of waste paper and overflowing waste containers. Even though waste paper is recycled to a high degree and turned into new cardboard packaging, the process still costs excessive valuable resources such as water, energy, fresh paper fibres and produces environmentally damaging chemicals.​3​

Our Impact

With each reused package we avoid the production of a new one. We help to reduce the environmental footprint of e-commerce! The packaging material alone makes about 5% of the overall climate footprint of e-commerce​4​.

For an average cardboard packaging (150gr of weight) the savings per cardboard are 156gr​5,6​. Also, about 0,0024 trees​7​123 liters and of water are saved ​8​.

990 packaging
121,770 litres of water
154,440 grams of CO2
2.4 mature trees
68% of all orders

Thanks to the participating websites that regularly share the number of their user approvals with us, we can roughly measure the impact of the initiative.

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