5 Ways To Make Your Packaging More Eco-Friendly
With more products being consumed around the globe, businesses have to produce and deliver more goods than ever before, and this subsequently creates more packages that need to be shipped. However, most packaging has plastics in them which are non-biodegradable. Since most packaging ends up in landfills, it inevitably takes has a negative environmental impact.
Fortunately, businesses can now reduce their environmental impact by using environmentally sustainable packaging supplies. Here are 5 eco-friendly packagings you can use to reduce the negative impact that your business has on the environment.
1. Corrugated Bubble Wrap
Bubble wrap is widely used for protecting products from damage during transit. However, since it's made of plastic, it's not biodegradable. Enter corrugated bubble wrap, which is made of upcycled corrugated cardboard.
Corrugated cardboard is a great alternative to bubble wrap thanks to the holes/flutes in its construction, which absorb shocks just like air pockets in plastic bubble wrap.
2. Biodegradable Packing Peanuts
Packing peanuts made of styrofoam work well because they're soft and light, which helps them absorb a lot of impact. However, styrofoam is toxic and doesn't decompose. Instead, it very easily breaks down into tiny pieces when exposed to the elements and ends up in the soil and water supply.
Thankfully, biodegradable packing peanuts are a new option you can consider for your environmentally sustainable packaging supplies. Being biodegradable, have a minimal impact on the environment and simply break down into organic matter.
3. Recycled Cardboard
Recycling materials is a great way to reduce waste. Recycling also uses less energy and resources than producing new packaging from raw materials. As far as environmentally sustainable packaging supplies go, recycled cardboard and paper are good choices for your business.
4. Recycled Plastic
Plastic is a major component of packaging as it's lightweight, extremely tough, and has the ability to be made transparent. However, it is less than ideal as an eco-friendly material.
As a business, you can look to use recycled materials where ever plastic is a necessary part of your packaging (such as bags and trays). Plastic is very widely recycled and quite easy to acquire.
5. Plant-Based Packaging
The latest innovation in environmentally sustainable packaging supplies is packaging made of plant fibres. You can obtain packaging made of cornstarch, mushroom, plant cellulose, and even seaweed. They can be moulded into different shapes like plastic, but are biodegradable. This packaging is now widely available from suppliers, though it tends to cost a little more than plastic.
There are numerous options for eco-friendly packaging that you can choose for your business. Though some may cost you a bit more than conventional packaging, the initial investment will pay off financially and environmentally. We provide a wide range of quality packaging solutions. Just get in touch and we'll be happy to help!