Sustainable Packaging: Tips to Reduce Packaging Waste

Sustainable Packaging: Tips to Reduce Packaging Waste

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One of the biggest issues in the packaging industry is sustainability and waste management. Many companies around the world are working hard to deal with this issue, however, it is an ongoing process to get it to an optimal situation. Even though there is demand for sustainable packaging, one of the main things is to educate clients and consumers of how to appropriately dispose of packaging. This could be done through explaining it in the packaging itself, or making packaging that is easier to dispose of. In this post we give tips on how to reduce packaging waste.

Use Recycled and Recyclable Materials

We have a section in our website where we explain the difference between recycled and recyclable materials. In short, recycled materials are materials manufactured with materials that have been recycled. And recyclable materials are materials that aren’t necessarily made from recycled materials, but are recyclable.

At ibox packaging, all of our cardboard is 100% recyclable, and the majority of it is between 60% – 100% made from recycled materials. More over, all our cardboard is also biodegradable.

Less Packaging May Be Enough Packaging

Retail packaging design can be very effective without using a large amount of materials. Creativity and simplicity, a lot of the time, is the result of very attractive and persuading packaging. However, some products may need extra material used as protective packaging, depending on how fragile they are.

By using less materials there are many benefits to both a company and the environment. Minimal packaging reduces materials use, which then in turn reduces product cost, less energy is used to manufacture both the material and packaging, and less fuel is used to transport items.

Composting

Composting is the process of decomposition of organic materials. It is done under controlled conditions using sufficient humidity so that micro-organisms can work. There are many compostable materials such as animal waste, food garbage, some industrial waste and some corrugated cardboard (being a natural product). After composting the result is waste that can be used to fertilize soil.

There are programs being put in place in the city so that people are encouraged to separate their waste so that some is recyclable, some is compostable, and some is waste. If you have a product that is made of organic materials and it is compostable, it is a good idea to mention in the packaging the perfect way to dispose of both the packaging and the product waste.

At ibox Packaging we care for both our customers and the environment. For more information about sustainable packaging design, or sustainable packaging options please contact us. Also, sign up to our newsletter for more information, company updates, price specials, and more.

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