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What is Eco-Friendly Packaging?

Consumers are becoming more aware of their impact on the environment. As a result they are demanding more eco-friendly packaging options. Packaging is a big problem - around one third of the average landfill in the US is made up of discarded packaging! So, what can businesses do to help the environment and keep up with consumer demand for lower waste?

There are several different types of sustainable packaging options available: 

  • Compostable packaging

  • Reusable packaging

  • Recycled/Recyclable packaging

Each type of packaging has its own benefits and drawbacks. So which is the best option?


What Packaging is the Most Environmentally Friendly?

banana peels are compostabe packaging!
Banana Peel! Nature's Eco-Friendy Packaging!

There are many sustainable packaging options available, but which is the most eco-friendly?

The most eco-friendly packaging is no packaging! 

Yes we know, brave words for a company that sells packaging.

We sell packaging. But we hate packaging! The most eco-friendly packaging is none at all. A huge number of products sold today are over packaged, and many do not need packaging at all!

But we also know that sometimes it’s not possible to cut packaging from your business. Sometimes eliminating packaging can lead to waste in other areas. In that case, we believe that your packaging may as well make itself useful after it has served its initial purpose! Instead of going to landfill, compostable packaging can be used to re-enrich the soil.

Think of it this way: Nature packages a banana in a tough skin. The banana peel protects the soft fruit inside until it is ready to eat. Without the peel, the fruit would be open to the elements, it would disintegrate before it is ready. When the fruit inside is eaten, the peel will decompose and provide nutrients to the soil. Shouldn’t our product packaging also work this way? 

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How Can We Make Our Packaging Eco-Friendly?

Reduce, Re-use, Recycle. 

Aim to reduce your packaging as much as possible! Consider your product:

  • Does your product need packaging to reduce waste or avoid spoilage?

  • How much packaging does your product need to make it to your customer intact?

Now that you’ve reduced your packaging as much as possible, it is also important to consider:

  • How is the packaging made?

  • What is the packaging made from?

  • What will happen to it after it has served its purpose?

By asking ourselves these questions we can ensure that our product packaging has a low impact on the environment and is as eco-friendly as possible.

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