Made In Oregon is so green! And, now we’re taking an even greener step to improve our environmental impact with introduction of an eco gift shipping box. Currently, we’re testing a custom-designed eco gift box that could replace our most popular green gift box, and ultimately, could eliminate the use of 8,000 shipping cartons annually. That’s green savings of 34 trees annually and enough BTUs to power an average home for one year.*
Our intention is to improve our overall footprint as well as save costs. Of course, it will mean lower labor costs, but it also cuts down on waste and the energy of using more materials like water and wood.
Development and design of just the right shipping-worthy eco box was a year in development. The hard work resulted in a lightweight, one-piece corrugated box made of recycled materials that includes a removable mailing panel, and is capable of withstanding rigorous handling. The box’s exterior displays an attractive graphic treatment of scenic Oregon. The inside flap tells a little about Made In Oregon and of the fine products within.
Made In Oregon hired FedEx to evaluate the prototype’s durability during shipping. Packed with breakables and a few other products, the eco gift box underwent a series of pre-shipment tests to simulate FedEx air and ground shipping environments. It passed with no product damage.
It took several iterations to produce an appealing gift box that’s sturdy and functional for our customers. Made In Oregon began testing the eco box in January on selected gift box orders. We expect 70 percent of our gift packs will use the new eco gift shipper once our process is fully operating.
*This list of green impacts provides the industry average data from the Environmental Network Paper Calculator in a relatable format. All calculations are based on EPA data and reflect the environmental impact of the annual production of this box in 2012.