What to look for in Eco-friendly Packaging
Retailers are transitioning to ecologically friendly packaging options as plastic waste continues to increase worldwide. The effect of plastic can be seen in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This island size garbage island is filled with plastic and other man-made waste debris. As stated in a National Geographic article, it not only affects the ecosystem but has killed wildlife.
image courtesy of National Geographic
The good news is that awareness of plastic pollution’s harmful effects on the ecosystem is growing, and consumers want eco-friendly packaging. Eco-friendly packaging, as per definition, is any packaging that is easily recyclable, safe for people and the environment, and manufactured from recycled materials. Enviropackaging is dedicated to bringing products that are composed of recycled materials, are recyclable, and or completely biodegradable. Our products contain green packaging sources from materials and production methods with a lower impact on energy consumption and natural resources. We are dedicated to give our clients the best eco-friendly products in the industry.
Eco-friendly packaging, also known as sustainable and green packaging, aims to:
- Reduce the quantity of raw material needed to create a product
- Encourage the use of renewable, reusable, and recyclable materials
- Minimize the use of hazardous chemicals during manufacturing
- Reduce packaging-related cost (e.g., the cost to ship)
- Provide accessible recycling solutions
Packaging sourced and developed using processes with minimal environmental impact and footprint is the sustainable alternative consumers want. Sustainable packaging is in high demand because it is environmentally conscious and does not contribute to the depletion of natural resources.
The Sustainable Packaging Coalition proposes the following eight parameters to define sustainable packaging:
- Is beneficial, safe & healthy for individuals and communities throughout its life cycle
- Meets market criteria for performance and cost
- Is sourced, manufactured, transported, and recycled using renewable energy
- Optimizes the use of renewable or recycled source materials
- Is manufactured using clean production technologies and best practices
- Is made from materials healthy throughout the life cycle
- Is physically designed to optimize materials and energy
- Is effectively recovered and utilized in biological and/or industrial closed-loop cycles
The following are the top natural packaging options you should consider:
- Paper – an excellent packaging choice that is reusable, recyclable, biodegradable, and quite versatile. Most product packaging is made from recycled paper.
- Cardboard – Because of its durable nature, cardboard seems to be another fantastic packing option. Non-laminated cardboard decomposes quickly.
Now you have more information about what makes packaging eco-friendly and sustainable! You are one step closer to finding the right packaging solution for your business and products.