Shipping and deliveries come with the territory when you own a business. From the supplies you receive to the products you ship to customers, packaging can add up quickly, in terms of both cost and the amount of waste generated. Changing your packaging and shipping habits to support ethical consumerism helps both your bottom line and Mother Nature. Plus, you earn the respect and support of eco-conscious consumers across Canada.The easiest green shipping method is to skip shipping completely. It’s not always possible, but electronic delivery for things such as software and documents eliminates the need for packaging and the cost of shipping. Downloadable files let customers safely access the products or documents with no shipping required. A bonus to the customer is the immediate delivery. After all, everyone loves instant delivery of a new purchase.Sometimes shipping is necessary. Luckily, you can make some simple changes to your shipping methods to save money and minimize environmental impact. Start with recycled or sustainable packaging. Reusing packaging is an option, and you can also match the size of the packaging to the product to use as little packaging material as possible. When a customer orders more than one product, ship them all in one package. This practice minimizes the amount of packaging used and lets you use fewer boxes, while saving you on packaging costs. Another aspect of shipping that hurts the environment is the actual transportation of the boxes. Ground transportation generally produces fewer emissions than air shipments, so choose truck shipping when possible. You may have to choose carbon-neutral shipping to counterbalance your shipping impact on the environment. If you have a large facility with shipments picked up by trucks, require those trucks to shut off their engines while loading. Those little shipping changes add up to help the environment.Green your shipping processes to minimize your company’s impact on the environment. As a bonus, you can also save money to improve your bottom line.