Many businesses overlook a huge problem when it comes to parcel, freight, and truckload shipping: air pollution. According to DoSomething.org, air pollution is a lot more toxic than you might think. In fact, high levels of air pollution increase residents’ likelihood of dying from lung cancer by as much as 20%! Additionally, more and more Americans are becoming environmentally conscious, and they are attuned to the risks shipping can pose to their health, and to the environment. Here are a few ways you can reduce emissions to lower your carbon footprint and keep your customers happy.

Shopping For The Best Freight Rate
There are several resources, such as integrated transportation management software, that enable business owners to compare local freight and truckload shipping rates. And the benefits of this transportation software do not necessarily end there. The same software can help companies browse carriers and transportation services to find the ones with the most energy efficient policies. As it stands, U.S. transportation as a whole produces a startling 28% of carbon dioxide emissions. Using software to browse all carriers and transportation services at once enables management to choose a low-cost, eco-friendly carrier quickly and efficiently.

Favor Recycled Materials
Do you want to lower costs and lower your company’s carbon footprint all at once? It is possible — as long as you use recycled packing and shipping materials. Look for services that use recycled packaging. Some even take advantage of adhesives and inks that have little (if any) impact on the environment, according to Entrepreneur magazine. Similarly, favoring corrugated filler materials is much more eco-friendly than common alternatives, like Styrofoam peanuts.

On average, FedEx ships up to 9 million packages per day — and there are many more carriers and services at your disposal, shipping even more materials and packages. Cut costs and help save the environment by favoring recycled packing materials and shopping around for the best rates and lowest emissions.