4 Eco-Friendly Packaging Solutions for Businesses

Eco-friendly packaging for products.


Environmental concern is a top priority for modern businesses. Here are some quick-fire facts that show exactly why this is:

  • 88% of customers want to be involved with brands that make a difference to the wider world, such as through the support of better environmental activities
  • The majority of people prefer to use companies they know are eco-friendly
  • Over 80% of consumers felt it was important that brands be more sustainable
  • Many customers would be willing to spend more on products they knew had a lesser impact on the environment than those produced through unsustainable practice.

Being eco-friendly can have a significant impact on your business’ success. This is especially true for those that operate in specific industries. In the current era of environmentally-friendly attitudes, those that don’t consider their impact may not survive. There are many ways green businesses can ensure they maintain their eco-friendly operations, but what about when it comes to eco-friendly packaging?

Given the history of packaging, and how, in the past, it has been notoriously wasteful and full of terrible materials like non-biodegradable plastics, you’d be forgiven for thinking that eco-friendly packaging doesn’t really exist. However, it’s straightforward for a green business to find eco-friendly packaging if they look in the right place. In this blog, we explore four eco-friendly packaging options that help support your environmental goals and engage with your like-minded consumers.

1. Cardboard: The Ultimate Eco-Friendly Packaging?

More than half of UK consumers would like to see a tax or levy on brands that do not use sustainable packaging, with many seeing cardboard as the answer to avoiding this charge. But why is that?

Cardboard is not only a robust and versatile packaging solution, used almost universally in all industries, but it is also well-known for its eco-friendly qualities. Cardboard can be sourced sustainably, is recyclable and biodegradable. When constructed from the right kind of materials, it is also much kinder to the environment. So, when cardboard does find its way into the wider-world for final disposal, it does less damage than other kinds of packaging. And, with many European providers of cardboard now taking the necessary measures to improve their systems (by as much as 90%) and ensure their processes of production are as eco-friendly as possible, manufacturing is far greener these days, too. Work with a provider like Packaging Supplies, who only source cardboard from premium providers, and you won’t have to worry about the impacts of manufacturing.

2. Water-Based Ink for Eco-Friendly Packaging Design

Inks and dyes may look great on your packaging, but they can have a nasty environmental impact.

To begin with, the manufacturing process produces a lot of harmful waste products and greenhouse gasses. Then you have the chemicals that comprise the dyes and inks themselves, many of which contain sulphur and other damaging compounds. When discarded following use, packaging using these dyes and inks can have a very negative impact on the natural world.

However, colouring your items is an important marketing technique. Branded packaging is essential to good sales. You can’t just put out plain packaged products and expect them to sell.

Thankfully, green businesses don’t have to. Water-based ink — which we use here at Packaging Supplies — offer an eco-friendly packaging solution. It allows for the same sort of vibrant colours and powerful branding on product packaging as you’d get with standard dyes and inks, but is instead water-based, which means it doesn’t contain those nasty chemicals that are so harmful to the environment. The lack of harmful chemicals also means a gentler manufacturing process, which further cuts down on environmental impact.

3. Introducing the New Eco-Friendly Packaging: Bioplastics

Consumers have said it: 77% believe plastics are the least eco-friendly packaging available. But there is a problem here. Plastics are a handy resource when it comes to packaging, storing and transporting business products. They are lightweight for one, flexible and durable — all while providing unique methods of containing products that other packaging options cannot hope to compete with.

Your business may require plastic packaging as part of its process. So how can you use plastic and retain your eco-friendly stance? Easy. You use bioplastics.

Bioplastics are an innovation we offer here at Packaging Supplies. They are created using materials such as vegetable fats, oils and corn starch, which makes them 100% biodegradable — unlike traditional plastics. That means they won’t take 1000 years to decompose as regular plastic does. Instead, they are much more environmentally-friendly. Their production also contributes a significantly lower amount of greenhouse gasses than conventional plastics. By using bioplastics, you can maintain the use of essential plastic packaging while cutting down on your environmental impact.

It’s worth noting that not all bioplastics are the same. Some have varying levels of environmental impact and it is important to pick the right one. At Packaging Supplies, we use Ingeo™ Bioplastic PLA, which is sourced from plant-based resin.

4. Made-to-Measure Eco-Friendly Packaging

When you think of environmentally-friendly solutions, you think of cutting down on greenhouse gasses, reducing chemicals and making sure products originate from sustainable materials that can be recycled. But there is another element that makes up eco-friendly — and not-so eco-friendly packaging — and that is waste.

How many times have you received an item packaged in a box far too large for its needs? This is a small problem that has big ramifications when you consider the fact it happens all the time. So much packaging is unnecessary. The larger the packaging, the more of an impact it will have in terms of manufacturing, use and disposal.

To make sure your business offers eco-friendly packaging, you’ll want to invest in making sure yours is custom made. It’s straightforward to design and produce packaging that fits your products perfectly, ensuring minimal waste. You can talk to our experts at Packaging Supplies about exactly how we can help you achieve this goal.

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