How To: Reduce Shipping Materials

The Twin Cities region generates over 3 million tons of solid waste, of which approximately 17 percent is pallets and cardboard boxes generated by businesses. To conserve natural resources, retailers and manufacturers need to work together to minimize the amount of packaging material that is sent to landfills. A few simple ideas include eliminating unnecessary packaging, using reusable transport packaging, recycling transport packaging waste and purchasing recycled content packaging. Users should consider a variety of criteria when making a packaging choice:

Product protection.

Which option is going to provide the minimal packaging needed to safely ship your product?


How much money are you willing to invest in your packaging operation? What are the pay-back periods for various packaging investments?

The environment.

What are the effects of the different packaging options on the environment?

Shipping cost.

How can you package products to reduce shipping costs?


Does shipping your product require a custom designed container? What shape? What size? Should it have graphics or your logo on it?


Depending on your location and needs, some packaging options may be more readily available than others. How does accessibility impact your packaging needs? Please use the information contained on our site to help you make the best decision about which type of product meets your transport packaging needs. Whatever option you choose will help us protect the environment by minimizing the amount of transport packaging material sent to landfills and could save you money.

Focus On: Reducing Package Waste