When you decide to find ways to make use more eco-friendly packaging, you’re beginning a journey that explores the cutting-edge of the shipping industry.
There are a great many directions to consider, from smaller packages to edible materials, but what is most important is that you have decided to be an eco-conscious business owner. We always need more of those. For the health of your company and the planet, taking your business in a green direction is a practical, intelligent choice.
Eco-Friendly Packaging: Use Manufacturers With Sustainable Practices
Chances are high that a manufacturer will supply you with the materials needed to build your packaging. Before you sign an agreement with any manufacturer, do some research on their business methods. If you are serious about building more eco-friendly packaging, you will want to work with manufacturers that have the same values.
Downsize the Package
Sometimes, the best way to be eco-friendly is to just use less material. If a small package and a large package are made from the same stuff, with some exceptions, the smaller one will be the eco-friendlier option. Do what you can to alter the size and position of the product to ensure you do not use a package larger than you need. Not only will this help the planet, but it will also reduce shipping costs.
Include Information About Recycling Best Practices
Every day, people throw away recyclable packages simply because they are not aware that they can recycle the packages. Businesses have tried to combat these missed opportunities by including recycling instructions on the packaging. It can be tricky to get the language right, given how different locations vary in their recycling laws. However, general requests that people recycle the package are effective enough to make a difference.
Use Plant-Based Packaging Materials
Packaging made from plant-based materials has found its footing in the world. Corn, mushrooms, seaweed—innovation continues to propel packaging toward a more sustainable future. By using materials that degrade over time, you are finding ways to make your packaging more eco-friendly.
Eco-Friendly Packaging: Consider Plantable Packaging
Just like its name suggests, plantable packages are made of materials that consumers are encouraged to plant. Inside the packages are seeds. Customers can bury the packages and see what grows. Not only does this reduce waste and promote a healthier planet, but it also keeps customers engaged with your brand in a fresh, fun way. Eco-friendly packaging truly can be a win-win for all.
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