We are all aware of the importance of reducing our environmental effects. Many companies are now improvising with innovative ways of producing and manufacturing their goods in order to reduce their emissions and environmental impact while saving money. The idea of “cradle-to-cradle” manufacturing, which involves taking responsibility for a product’s effect from material sourcing to final disposal, is also gaining popularity.
8 Awesome Packaging Ideas for the Eco Conscious seller
Packaging goods and accessories are one of the key culprits when it comes to consumer impact. The cradle-to-cradle concept must consider the transportation of a product from the manufacturer, via the retailer, and to the consumer through a process that often necessitates the use of large quantities of expensive packaging materials. As a result, a slew of ground-breaking new environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional packaging goods has emerged. There seems to be no end to the options available to environmentally conscious businesses, from recyclable plastics to biodegradable cans. Here are a few things to think about for your business:
1. Bubble Wrap (Corrugated)
We’re all familiar with bubble wrap wrapping, which protects delicate products during delivery and is a kid’s favorite. However, being made of plastic, it is not the most environmentally friendly material. The positive thing is that there are a variety of solutions in the works.
One of this is a corrugated cardboard wrap that has been upcycled. Rather than being wasted or recycled, post-consumer cardboard waste may have a second life as a cushioning material. It is sliced into small pieces to provide a concertina-like effect that protects from shocks in the same way that bubble wrap does. The only drawback is that you don’t get the pleasure of blowing bubbles afterwards!
2. Recycled and environmentally safe plastics
There’s no avoiding it: certain shipping requirements necessitate a durable and dependable material that won’t snap and can withstand heavy loads. While many of the organic raw material substitutes can be excellent for cushioning or filler, there are periods when only plastic can do. However, there is no reason to compromise the environmental integrity in these situations, since many plastic shipping products and equipment are now available that are made entirely of recycled plastic. You can use eco-friendly packaging supplies for any of your shipping needs, including drums, spill trays, and spill control pallets.
3. Peanuts in Biodegradable Packaging
Styrofoam, the light, airy plastic used for takeaway cartons and loose-fill packaging, was recently reinstated in New York. It joins a growing list of American cities that have banned the content, also known as EPS (expanded polystyrene foam). Since EPS is neither biodegradable nor commercially recyclable, it often makes its way into rivers, where it can damage aquatic life.
For delicate or otherwise vulnerable products, Styrofoam has long been a staple in loose-fill packaging, helping to resist displacement and cushioning against shocks. Biodegradable air peanuts are now available to replace them for companies searching for the nearest thing to this packaging classic. These function in the same manner as their Styrofoam counterparts, except they don’t pollute the earth for forever. They are therefore less costly.
4. Recycled-materials-based air pillows
Another perfect eco-friendly and cost-effective alternative to Styrofoam or bubble wrap is air pillows. They are suitable for covering voids in boxes or supplying cushioning around packaged goods and come in a range of sizes.
They are small bags that can be inflated and therefore contain only air as used as wrapping. As compared to other cushioning products, this decreases the amount of plastic used in their manufacturing and allows them to be delivered with reduced packaging.
Furthermore, they are reusable, recyclable, and biodegradable. Be sure to buy air pillows that are made entirely of recycled fabrics and prioritize biodegradability.
5. Cornstarch food containers
Cornstarch is an organic commodity that has worked its way into the environmentally sustainable packaging market. It is derived from the corn or maize plant and has plastic-like properties, allowing it to be used in a variety of applications that previously depended on plastics. Cornstarch packaging encompasses a wide range of applications, from tubes to molded shapes to loose-fill packaging.
Cornstarch, while a more environmentally friendly alternative to petroleum-based packaging, is not without flaws. It effectively competes with the human and animal food supply because it is made from corn grains, potentially increasing the price of one of our dietary staples. When contemplating this alternative for packaging needs, it’s wise to weigh all the advantages and drawbacks.
6. Cardboard and Paper Recycled
Of course, someone has to hold all of these filler products, and the industry norm is cardboard boxes. Although cardboard and paper are organic products, their use may have a significant environmental effect if they are sourced in an unsustainable manner.
- Flexi-Hex is a paper-based solution that works for a variety of fragile goods in the sports, beverage, industrial, automotive, and marine industries.
Paper and cardboard, fortunately, are two of the most recyclable items available. Try to source post-consumer or post-industrial recycled paper and cardboard to keep the packaging as eco-friendly as possible. Materials labelled as FSC-certified, on the other hand, are sourced from sustainably maintained forests and could be a safer option in some cases.
7. Packaging from mulched Mushrooms
Mushrooms, believe it or not, are another inexpensive, environmentally friendly packaging option that can be used to promote smaller products. It starts with washed and ground agricultural waste, which is then joined together by a mycelium matrix of mushroom stems.
Agricultural waste is just that: waste, and it cannot be used as a source of food for humans or livestock. As a result, it prevents any future controversy about cornstarch packaging. After that, the raw material can be shaped into any form, dried, and used as packaging. This substance not only uses no petroleum or food as a raw material, but it also biodegrades at an unprecedented rate. Mushroom packaging can be composted at home to produce non-toxic organic matter.
8. Packaging made of seaweed
Agar, a gelatinous material present in a number of seaweeds and algae, is now used in a variety of uses, from corn to mushrooms to seaweed. This is particularly true in the food industry, where it can be used as a thickening agent or as a vegetarian substitute for gelatin.
However, a design team has received an award for prototyping its use as a packaging material. Seaweed packaging, which is manufactured from an abundant and natural raw material, may be the next big thing in environmentally friendly packaging alternatives.
Textiles made with natural fibers really are an added bonus.
- Cardboard fiber is commonly used in both ecommerce and retail and is made up of at least 90% recycled material.
Plastic bags have long been a form of environmental waste. Plastic bags are used by a vast number of companies, which pollute the atmosphere. Natural materials for reusable bags are an environmentally safe option. Hemp, organic or recycled hemp, tapioca, palm leaves, and a number of other organic materials are also available on the market. And if thrown out, both of these products biodegrade in just 100 days, compared to 10,000 years for a plastic bag to biodegrade. If you get adventurous, you can use these fabrics for a lot more than just bags.
Packaging’s Changing Trends
- Quit attempts rose from 20.2 percent prior to the implementation of standardised packaging to 26.6 percent one year later, according to a national survey of Australian adult smoker cohorts (5441 participants).
It seems that the tide is turning on plastics, with cities around the United States and across the world banning various products originating from fossil fuels. With too many cost-effective eco-friendly options on the market, more companies are seeing the benefits of making the move. Eco-friendly is becoming more popular, and smart business owners around the country are adapting now to stay ahead of the curve tomorrow.