Packaging is essential to numerous markets, as it influences sales and keep products of all types, shapes and sizes secure. But, the grim, overlooked reality is that the world’s collective boxes, pouches and wrappers are all weighing down on the environment, with most of them bound to outlast several generations of consumers before fully decaying.
Fortunately, manufacturers and buyers alike realised this fact quite some time ago, and have made considerable headway in making the world’s product packaging meet standards of not only of the industrial variety, but the ecological ones as well.
The earth is heating up and causing devastation to our natural habitats. Still, intensive and widespread efforts are being made to reduce our impact to the environment. Even with some companies remaining dependent on conventional, environmentally harmful packaging materials, eco-friendly sentiment is strong enough that more and more organisations are following suit.
So what qualifies as eco-friendly? These two characteristics should provide a basic understanding of the concept:
Packaging That is Sustainable
Paper packaging best represents the use of sustainable materials. From the brown paper bag to the cardboard box, companies are finding better ways to incorporate recycled paper into their manufacturing process.
The list of sustainable materials goes beyond paper however, with some businesses even substituting mushroom stems in place of packing peanuts.
Packaging That Produces Less Waste
A great way to convince a company to opt for eco-friendly packaging is to convince them that increased use will help to reduce their costs and increase their profits. While this was a significant issue for businesses a few decades ago, industries have managed to engineer machines for green applications, recouping their costs in a matter of years and reducing waste products in the process.
For companies, the benefits of adopting eco-friendly packaging are numerous. For the world, it’s innumerable. Every person can have a hand in saving the planet, but it is the global industries who possess the strongest potential for change.