BRUSSELS, April 17, 2019 (RISI) -The Dutch online retailer bol.com has revealed plans to reduce transport packaging in a move to minimize its carbon footprint. According to the company, it will ship around 3.5 million items without the emblematic blue and white bol.com box this year. Bol.com will also introduce shipping bags made of recycled plastic and limit the use of fill packaging.
“As a web store that wants to do business in a sustainable and responsible manner, efficient packaging is one of our biggest challenges at the moment. But why would you pack items in a box if it is not actually necessary?” bol.com logistics director Olaf van den Brink said in a statement. “For articles such as fans, deep fryers, irons, printers, coffee makers and diapers, the article’s own packaging offers sufficient protection. Sending at least 3.5 million items a year without a bol.com box is an important step towards climate neutral shopping at bol.com by 2025,” he added.
Packaging accounts for some 20% of bol.com’s total CO2 emissions. The company aims to reduce CO2 emissions per package to zero grams by 2025.