3 Ways The Express Shipping Industry is Harming The Environment
Lauren Reynolds July 17, 2015

Need something delivered fast? From last minute gifts to important business documents, we all use express shipping services from time to time. But did you know that express shipping is one of the most damaging daily activities impacting our environment?

Here are 3 ways that the express shipping industry is damaging the environment.


01) Unnecessary Distances

With traditional shipping methods, your package doesn’t go directly from the pickup location to the destination. The journey of the average express package might include stops at a variety of locations, like sorting facilities. Most packages will travel a wondering zig-zag of additional stops and locations before reaching its final destination. The end result is an unnecessary impact on the environment.

Unlike FedEx, PigeonShip was environmentally friendly from day #1. We utilize couriers, or Pigeons, that are already traveling in the direction of your package. No sorting facilities. No unnecessary stops. Pigeons accept packages already on their way to their destinations.


02) Unnecessary Packaging

Because of the bulk handling process, and volume of items that companies like UPS, USPS and FedEx deliver, they have customers package up their items using materials like cardboard, plastic bubble wrap and styrofoam — Except for New York City residents. Mayor Bill de Blasio banned styrofoam on July 1, 2015.

PigeonShip doesn’t require any packaging. You don’t need to box, bag or even pack your items at all. Just hand the item your Pigeon and off they go. If everyone used PigeonShip for their deliveries, just image how much less styrofoam we’d have in our landfills right now.


03) Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Although hope is on the horizon, express delivery companies generally don’t use fuel efficient vehicles. Most delivery trucks, especially in the United States, are large diesel guzzling monsters. And these vehicles emit a concerning amount of emissions every day contributing to the carbon footprint of your package. Even though FedEx has committed to reducing aircraft emissions by 2030, using EarthSmart vehicles and making their fleet more efficient, these changes are still years away from being implemented on a large scale and making any real difference.

Using PigeonShip helps reduce the carbon footprint of your delivery item to practically zero. Not only do we connect you to a Pigeon already traveling in the direction of your delivery, but according to our database, PigeonShip’s fleet is full of fuel efficient cars, including hybrids and electrics like the Tesla.


On a macro-level, it’s upsetting to think about the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused by the shipping industry each year. We love seeing pictures of our users delivering PigeonShip items in vehicles like Tesla MotorsModel S, Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and the Toyota Prius.

Together we’re helping the environment one PigeonShip delivery at a time. Let’s keep it up!

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