UPS Eco Responsible Packaging Program

UPS Eco Responsible Packaging Program logo

The Eco Responsible Packaging Program was established for UPS's business customers to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable packaging.

Companies participating in this program allow UPS to conduct an evaluation of transportation packaging processes (i.e. the shipping container and internal material such as peanuts, Kraft paper, film, foam, etc.). It does not evaluate the product's own packaging.

To qualify for participation in the program and use of the logo, applicants must meet all criteria in three areas – damage prevention, right sizing, and materials content. Packaging materials are scored on:

  • Source distance (how far the material is transported from point of manufacture to point of use by the shipper)
  • Biodegradability (in real-world conditions)
  • Recyclability (whether recycling opportunities are readily available to the recipient of the packaging)
  • Utilized trips (anticipated actual reuse)
  • Material Makeup (renewable/plant-based, post-consumer content), and
  • Lifecycle metrics (as calculated by the COMPASS tool)

Once qualified, UPS customers are able to affix the UPS Eco Responsible Packaging Program logo on qualifying packages.

Learn more: UPS Eco Responsible Packaging Program websiteExternal Site

Conformity assessment | How is compliance with this ecolabel's standard ensured?

Conformity with UPS Eco Responsible Packaging Program's standard is verified by our own organization (second party).

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Applicants are certified against the ecolabels’s criteria before using the label

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Year ecolabel est. 2010

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Product categories this ecolabel applies to
Forest products / Paper Transportation Other

Other categories: Packaging

Where this ecolabel is found
United States

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Last updated: 20 January 2012