Packing options is one factor that consumers are interested in, especially if they’re purchasing eco-friendly products. Up to a half of U.S. consumers consider it and many will pay more for products from companies trying to be more sustainable.
Businesses are jumping on the bandwagon to reduce their single-use of plastics and to make all packaging as earth-friendly as possible. Even companies like McDonald’s, which go through tons of packaging every month, are moving to use only 100 percent recyclable food packages from renewable sources by 2025. Other companies have made efforts to follow suit.
In case your company is looking to do similar, here are some packaging and eco-friendly materials that might be a good idea:
1. Space Efficient Pouches
Big boxes aren’t always the answer to the retail product packaging for consumers. They take up more space and add extra weight.
With smaller product sizes, pouch packaging is an interesting eco-friendly option. It’s not bulky, fits into small spaces, and has a gusset at the bottom of each pouch to let it stand on its own.
Some pouches are also resealable or can have zippers added to them, making them reusable for other products once the original one is all used up. For companies looking for this type of packaging option, it can be found on this site: www.thepkglab.com.
2. Packages Boxed Using Mycelium Fungus
Styrofoam is a common material to surround products inside the box to prevent the contents from moving during transit. It also has a buffering effect too, so when a box lands on the ground or the floor of the truck, the otherwise breakable product will remain fully intact.
Mycelium Fungus, safe, mushroom-based fungi, is an unlikely source that furniture giant IKEA is now trying out to replace Styrofoam. If it works, it could make packaging with e-commerce sales more eco-friendly. While the thermo-protective properties of Styrofoam have their uses including as a water barrier, the alternative can breakdown far more easily and looks similar too.
3. Ready for the Compost Bin
Depending on how much shopping the average person does, they can build up quite a collection of shipping boxes, retail product boxes, and fillers of various types.
The trick for companies is to make it biodegradable. Even some plastics are now produced as compostable and designed to degrade over time. Being able to turn packaging into enriched soil to grow vegetables in the garden makes it truly green and can support a homegrown food supply. Consumers and avid gardeners can certainly get behind that.
4. Recycled Cardboard in an Egg Container Shell
Products are now appearing that arrive within an egg container shell-type form made out of recycled cardboard.
The curved nature of the cardboard provides sufficient stiffness to protect the contents from unintended knocks. The recycled material is reshaped to form curved pockets that different parts of the completed product are packaged inside for later reassembly.
It’s a neat design idea that’s eco-friendly and used by many technology companies now.
There are various approaches to eco-friendly product packaging that are radically improving the recycling and biodegradable possibilities for packaging waste. This is excellent news for landfills that otherwise become filled up with it. It’s a growing trend as consumers signal their desire for greener packaging and companies continue to put more effort behind it.