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Many need parcel lockers for security and convenience. However, shipping them is another story.
Parcel lockers take up tons of space in trucks and shipping containers, allowing little room for other cargo. Additionally, they’re heavy, requiring more fuel to transport them from one location to another.
A study by National Resources Canada revealed that the average truck consumes 39.5 litres of diesel for every 100 kilometres  they travel.The longer the distance they travel, the more fuel they need to get them to their customers.
Combine that fact with their weight and the space they take up, and you have a fuel-guzzling product. So, why would environmentally conscious Canadians buy parcel lockers from international manufacturers?
Granted, Snaile has a few competent competitors, some of which manufacturer in California. Others pull in parcel lockers from Montreal, but there’s a kicker, many source their lockers from China or Europe, which multiplies the fuel they consume and, hence, their negative impact on our environment.
Here’s an example. Let’s look at five average-sized lockers (225 kilograms each) that come from California to Toronto by truck. This shipment would suffice to service the average Canadian building.
Of course, a truck would never ship only five lockers with no additional cargo. So, the actual environmental impact of that truck would be much greater – about 3.8 tons of CO2, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) calculator.
But let’s focus on the impact only five lockers will make.
According to Carbon Care, shipping five lockers would emit a half metric ton (448.55 kilograms) tank-to-wheel of CO2 into the atmosphere. That amount, according to the Climate Neutral Group, means that those five lockers pack quite a punch against our environment.
Now let’s consider the fact that many lockers originally come from China. Sadly, most do. Even the ones that Montreal suppliers ship to Toronto come from there and some of the California ones too.
If they came from Chinese manufacturers, these same five lockers would need to add another 509 kilograms of CO2 to their total impact. In that case, it would double the emissions, meaning that:
Snaile manufactures its lockers in Mississauga, Ontario, eliminating some of the environmental impacts from trucking. Snaile then ships its lockers to the Canadian coasts by train, a shipping method that has a much less environmental impact.
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Not only is buying Snaile lockers better for the environment, but it also supports several Canadian businesses involved in Snaile’s supply-and-install chain. In turn, buying your parcel lockers from Snaile provides Canadian jobs and pays Canadian taxes that benefit all of us here at home. Buy Snaile lockers locally!