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  • Writer's pictureDorcas Reguloo

8 green packaging ideas for your business

Updated: Aug 22, 2022

Packaging made from recycled, compostable, recyclable, biodegradable or even edible materials is an environmentally friendly way to package products.







Reduce waste

There are many ways to make your packaging eco-friendly. You can use recycled paper, compostable plastics, biodegradable plastics and even edible packaging.


Reuse

Refillable packaging is becoming more and more popular. Moreover, it is necessary to adapt the approach to its target. Some consumers, particularly in the luxury sector, are only moderately interested in the refill system. For a younger target, more sensitive to budgetary and environmental aspects, the adoption is much more obvious.

If you're looking for inspiration, check out these eight examples of green packaging.

- A primary container that is recycled, recyclable, biobased, or reusable. For example, corn starch (PLA) is an excellent biobased alternative to plastic. It is a biodegradable and renewable material.

- Sustainable cushioning materials: paper cushioning, recycled air cushions, biodegradable cushioning particles

- A printing ink without added mineral oils (limiting its use as much as possible)

- Strapping made of recycled polyester or paper, more ecological materials than traditional polypropylene

- Recyclable cardboard labels

- Soluble glues, adapted to sorting channels

- Adhesives made of biosourced kraft paper

- A packaging on the red carpet at the moment: the "Airless" which consists in delivering a formula in a safe, effective and hygienic way, without propellant and refillable.


Go paperless

If you're looking for a simple way to reduce paper waste, consider going paperless. You'll save money, space and energy while reducing your carbon footprint.


Recycle

There's no reason your business can't go green. In fact, there are many reasons why you should. Here are some tips to help you start making changes today.


Optimize the weight-volume of your packaging

Volume weight takes into account how much space the package takes up in the transportation medium. A package design optimized for the shape of the contents eliminates excess material, and reduces the weight-volume to a minimum.

Thus, the eco-design of your packaging can be achieved by controlling its weight-volume. This way, you limit the use of raw materials, but also the CO2 emissions during the transport of your packages.


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