What are environmentally friendly ways of packaging products
With an increase in plastic pollution and our oceans being filled with this filth, many companies and government have taken up a strong initiative to ban plastics in all walks of life. Simply said, for making custom boxes, now brands have to use options which are environmentally friendly and safe.
There are a few ways which you can use this concept in your packing methodology:
- Re-using your packing and boxes
One of the biggest ways you can minimize waste and plastic pollution is to use cardboard boxes which can be easily reused.
For example, during the house shifting a lot of boxes can be used again which are usually just lying around the house. In this way, they will not be needed to throw. From a financial point of view for the business, it also reduces cost as you will not have to buy boxes again and again. Design packaging in a manner which can be reused easily by the consumers, you should also add details about how such items can be used again for multiple purposes so that it will be easy for your consumers.
- Alternate plastic by paper
Plastic is the main culprit that is causing a lot of danger to aquatic life. It takes many years for simple plastic to decompose, making it a harmful material to use. A lot of our waste is thrown in oceans which endangers the species living there. Instead of using plastic for your products, switch to paper as much as you can.
For example, big retail brands have switched offering plastic shoppers to paper bags now. Many huge retailers have also introduced seeds in the paper which you can plant too.
- Use Earth-friendly options
When you are creating packing items and materials, you can look into the option of choosing biodegradable materials. Such materials can decompose easily and faster too. Unlike plastics, they are not that harmful for any living being. They may be a little expensive than usual packaging, but it is a one-time investment which is extremely important to create sustainable packaging for your brand.
- Reduce the amount and layers of packaging
Only do the necessary amount of packaging required to ship the products safely. A lot of brands add a lot of fillers, thermopile and plastic sheets wrapped around the product just for presentation or either filling the empty spaces. Instead, try to reduce the extra layers. Some products may be affected this way as reduced packaging may alter the shelf-life. In such cases, let your customers know about it beforehand.
- Create new ideas
This concept of eco-friendly products is not new, but still not practiced so widely. Therefore, there might be limited options in the market when it comes to choosing sustainable products. Try to create new ideas about how you can change the packaging and make it more earth-friendly. The best way is to search for new ideas and thoughts, making new materials and informing the public on how they can re-use these.