bpost has launched a sustainable pilot project with renewable natural resources company Hipli to trial parcel packaging that can be reused 100 times.
A lifecycle analysis by Hipli shows that using reusable bags reduces the carbon footprint of every shipment by 83% compared to cardboard packaging. This packaging is water-tight and tear-proof. After delivery, the empty bags can be put into a bpost pickup point (including red mailboxes, post offices, parcel points and post points) for cleaning and reuse in the e-commerce circuit. When folded into the form of an envelope, these reusable bags can be returned free of charge.
The company’s reusable mailing bags will be used to ship orders to customers from retail companies Torfs, AS Adventure and Juttu. Torfs’ trial will run between June 29 and September 29, 2022, and AS Adventure’s and Juttu’s trial will run in August 2022. Torfs expects to ship around 4,000 customer orders in reusable bags during the three-month pilot project. AS Adventure has committed to 2,000 sustainable shipments. According to bpost, the reusable bags are to be cleaned in a socially responsible and engaged way by ETA123, in a sheltered workshop in Beauraing in Belgium.
To read more about the bpost trial, click here.