Do you ever order a great product, sustainably made and all, only to find that it arrives covered in endless amounts of plastic bubble wrap? A business should not only be thinking about the products they sell but also how they get to the end user and what impact the packaging of that product has on the environment. How can a business call themselves sustainable if they package their product in endless amounts of plastic?!
What is eco-friendly packaging?
Eco packaging causes less damage to the environment than other types of packaging as it will often fall into one of 3 categories:
- Can be recycled
- Is biodegradable
- Can be reused
Whether you are an individual or business, I am sure you’ll find these Eco Packaging options useful for future buying, selling and posting.
Biodegradable Packing Peanuts
Biodegradable Packing Peanuts are probably one of my favourite forms of eco packaging. They work just like the traditional polystyrene variety, however, they are made from natural, non-toxic sources, such as wheat and cornstarch.
They dissolve in water and can be thrown into compost piles after a single use. It is so awesome to see many more brands choosing to use these as a packaging option, rather than polystyrene peanuts, which have a negative effect on the environment.
Recycled Paper Packing Tape
Recycled Paper Packing Tape is made of, you guessed! Recycled paper. It is brown and works just like the traditional plastic tape, woohoo! You can buy this in all different widths and lengths to suit your brand.
Biodegradable Bubble Wrap
Biodegradable bubble wrap combines all the properties of a normal bubble wrap, yet it degrades over time. It comes in all lengths and widths. Switching to biodegradable bubble wrap is a great step in the right direction for businesses. If you haven’t already, what are you waiting for?!
Recycled Cardboard Boxes
Cardboard is recyclable so if you’re using cardboard boxes you’re already halfway there. However, how about taking another step and going for a more eco-conscious option. Recycled cardboard boxes! Colours and finishes may vary depending on what packaging brand you go with, but why not go the extra mile to help the environment?
Biodegradable Packing Bags
NEWSFLASH: 5 TRILLION PLASTIC BAGS ARE USED EACH YEAR!
Yep, that’s right. So why are we not seeing more eco-conscious options? While plastic stays in landfills for centuries, biodegradable bags and cases will break down over time and will reduce our impact on the planet.
They are made with polylactide acid, which derives from the lactic acid in plants, and certified compostable as well as having a finish like a plastic bag.
These are just some of the many Eco Packaging options available for businesses and individuals to use. Why not do your bit and reduce your brand’s environmental impact by choosing Eco Packaging options?! If you are an individual and have 5 minutes to spare, email a company that doesn’t already use Eco Packaging and list these options, asking why they don’t already use them and whether they would consider this in future. Who knows, your email could spark change.
Let me know in the comments what Eco Packaging options you or a company you know uses, I’d love to know!