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Eco Responsible Packaging Programme

Eco Responsible Packaging Program

Get Our Eco Stamp of Approval

UPS established the Eco Responsible Packaging Programme in order to recognise customers who are committed to helping the environment through sustainable packaging. Companies that wish to participate in this programme allow UPS to conduct an evaluation of their packaging processes. To qualify, these companies must meet our exact criteria in each of three areas:

  • Damage prevention: Items arrive intact
  • Right-sizing: Shipping containers are no larger than necessary
  • Materials content: Examine the environmental impact of chosen materials
Choosing sustainable materials while protecting your product with a minimum of packaging requires a carefully calibrated approach. And we can help you get there.

Earn Our Eco Stamp of Approval

UPS examines overall shipment packaging processes in determining the company's eligibility for the Eco Responsible Packaging Programme. All programme participants must meet our rigorous standards to enter and remain in the programme. This programme only takes into account the transportation (secondary) packaging that a company uses. UPS does not evaluate manufacturers' product packaging included within the secondary container; instead, we consider the sustainability of a company's shipment packaging processes for the secondary box and its fill material.

If you meet the programme standards for all three criteria, you can participate in this contractual programme, and you'll be able to use UPS's Eco Responsible Packaging Programme logo on your packages. That simple stamp will differentiate your company from the competition and show that you proactively choose to conserve earth's valuable resources.

UPS Package Design and Test Lab

Just in case you need a little help reaching your sustainability goals, the UPS Package Lab provides consulting services and will suggest needed improvements to help you meet the programme standards.

A Verified and Recognised Programme

We are proud that our Eco Responsible Packaging Programme meets all of the evaluation criteria defined by Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. In addition, BSR and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) praise the programme for its environmental leadership.

See for yourself what these organisations have to say. Read their statements:

Get Started

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Eco Responsible Packaging Programme Q&A

Get answers to your frequently asked questions.

About the SGS Programme (in English)

Discover how SGS addresses the need for GHG emissions reporting.

About BSR (in English)

Discover how BSR helps to develop sustainable business strategies.

About the SPC (in English Only)

Discover SPC's vision for a robust industry-wide environmental packaging initiative.