In today’s modern world, we all have a responsibility to be respectful to the environment. Buyers and consumers care about sustainability and green initiatives, putting pressure on producers to use eco-friendly materials.
Sustainability impacts a business as a whole. Customers can’t directly see if you are conserving electricity in your distribution center, but they can see the packaging that you use and they care that they can recycle it. Sustainable packaging can be defined as “packaging which reduces the environmental impact and ecological footprint.” Here are our top products to please the eco-friendly buyer.
Product 1: Corrugated Cardboard Products
Corrugated cardboard can be used for a number of primary and secondary packaging applications. It is versatile and comes in many different compositions, thicknesses, and more. Corrugated packaging solutions are also offered in a variety of durability options, such as single wall and double wall.
With the emergence of digital printing, corrugated can also be customized to enhance your brand. The sustainable benefits include being notably recyclable and manufactured with biodegradable materials.
Product 2: Biodegradable Void Fill
Many fragile products require void fill – historically, Styrofoam packing peanuts were the way to go. However, in recent years, the materials used to create these packing peanuts has been banned because of the harm it causes to the environment. Luckily, there are now biodegradable peanuts that are a safe alternative to the old version. Many companies have also transitioned to using packing paper or shredded paper to keep fragile products safe, save money, and protect the environment.
Another eco-friendly option is inflatable air pillows. Air pillows provide cushion for packed items and – being mostly air – cut down on the use of plastic. These pillows are often recyclable and biodegradable.
Product 3: Paper Bottles
As a packaging provider for many food and beverage companies, we are always looking for ways to enhance the packaging line for these types of companies. One eco-friendly option for beverage companies is paper bottles instead of the traditional plastic bottle.
Plastic bottles are infamous for their over-use and negative impact on our environment. A new option has come to the market as a safe and sustainable alternative. These paper bottles have an outer layer made of cardboard or other recyclable paper; the inside contains a thin, plastic liner. This water-resistant packaging option is efficient to transport and friendly to the planet. It can also be used for cosmetics and other body topicals.
Product 4: Mailers and Envelopes
Boxes are becoming a thing of the past when it comes to mailing, especially for ecommerce. Where corrugated boxes used to be the best way to ship products, they are now becoming a hindrance. Boxes are often too big for traditional mail boxes and affect DIM weight restrictions. Many of our customers have switched to mailers and envelopes.
Our flat mailers are made from 100% recyclable materials and come in many sizes. They can also be custom printed to represent your brand. Mailers and envelopes can also be used for a variety of fragile items as well as small items. Our padded mailers provide a heavy duty cushioning to add extra protection. Find out if you should switch to mailers.
Bonus: Sustainable Machinery
If you are using packaging materials, you are likely also using a range of semi-automated and automated packaging machinery. Here are some ways to make sure your distribution center is being eco-friendly when it comes to your machinery:
- Use machinery that cuts the exact amount of tape or film is needed to cut back on waste or over use
- Upgrade to eco-friendly machinery – older equipment tends to have a heavier drain on energy usage
- Use measuring devices to see how much energy, gas, water, etc. your equipment is using
- Work with a Hughes Green Packaging Consultant to make sure you are using all of the best practices in your distribution center
What should you do next?
There are many business benefits to going green in your packaging operations. Your customer perception is improved, you help the environment and reduce your company’s carbon footprint, and you have the potential to reduce costs for your business. Our representatives are experts at implementing sustainable packaging options; contact us today for more information.