As we strongly reduce the use of plastic and use packing materials in the most efficient way as possible, we reduce our environmental footprint. We already reduced the number of items or packaging containing virgin plastics to 49,9% and we reduced the use of virgin plastics in packaging to 34,7%.
For our inbound freight we minimize the use of plastic packaging and use or reuse paper packaging instead. As an example we re-use in our Ede sample warehouse shredded cardboard boxes. For outbound freight we also reuse existing packaging as much as possible, and towards year end 2021, 100% of our outbound packaging materials used will be sustainable or recycled.
Overall it means that a big part of all of our packaging used is more sustainable packaging, made from natural-, recycled material or bio plastics.
When we use plastic packaging and we cannot reuse the plastic material ourselves, we ensure it will be recycled or we transfer it to a third party for further recycling (already since 2010).
For paper promotion materials like catalogues and folders we use sustainable or certified recycled paper.
By maximum utilization and consolidation of container loading (94%) we reduce the CO2 emissions of our inbound freight. By partnering with environmentally positive forwarders, we reduce the CO2 emissions of our outbound freight.