As the focus on protecting and preserving the environment intensifies, “going green” is a primary objective in many industries. Companies that manufacture or distribute goods or materials must consider developing sustainable packaging options to become more eco-friendly, enhance their brand and meet the increasingly stringent regulatory compliance requirements.
The term “sustainable packaging” refers to the development and implementation of packaging solutions that reduce a company’s environmental impact and footprint. They consist of responsibly sourced materials, minimizing the contribution to the depletion of dwindling natural resources.
Sustainable packaging solutions exhibit these characteristics:
Examples of the various types of sustainable packaging include:
This packaging option consists of plant-based materials like sugar cane, corn or bamboo that break down naturally without leaving toxic residue. The decomposition time should not exceed 90 days in commercial applications.
Traditional packing peanuts consist of Styrofoam, which does not decompose and clogs landfills. Biodegradable options that break down organically are now available.
Your business may already use corrugated boxes for their strength and elasticity. This material is also recyclable — in some cases, it can be reused up to 10 times to produce new packaging materials.
This popular food packaging option consists of hemp, cotton, wood or other natural materials. Cellulose is also a more sustainable alternative to plastic because it is compostable and biodegradable.
The kraft process entails the chemical conversion of wood pulp into a paper-like substance. This material is stronger and more elastic and tear-resistant than regular paper. All the materials used to manufacture it are recyclable, making it a highly sustainable packaging option.
Like kraft paper, glassine features wood pulp and other renewable substances as primary ingredients. This smooth, glossy paper material is air-, water- and grease-resistant, making it useful for wax paper bags and sleeves containing food items.
Implementing sustainable packaging solutions can provide multiple benefits for your business:
Innovative Packaging Co. can work with you to develop customized sustainable packaging products tailored to your unique business requirements. Our turnkey solutions can help meet your environmental objectives and bring your brand to life.
To explore your company’s options, call us at (360) 397-0373 or contact us online to request additional information today.