If you are considering the noble idea of adopting sustainable product packaging for your personal or business needs, there are a few significant factors that you should consider. Choosing the right sustainable packaging solution is almost as important as your decision to embrace environmentally-friendly packaging solutions.
You should consider these questions:
- What is the origin of the packaging?
- Is the material sustainable? Is the packaging recyclable?
- What is the best recycling route for you or your business cost-wise?
The answers to those questions will set the tone for your decisions. Packaging materials may come from different sources. The source determines the inherent properties of the materials and, therefore, the packaging.
Your preferred sustainable packaging must meet your packaging needs. You should consider the size, weight, and overall safety requirements of your items before settling for a product. You should also consider the regulatory compliance of the packaging solution and what certifications they have.
The cost of some sustainable product packaging may be above your budget or financial capacity. The cost of sustainable packaging solutions is impacted by the route of production, the cost of sourcing the materials, and the recycling status. If the packaging costs more than you can afford, you should look for another.
Sustainability of Material
The sustainability of materials is different. For example, although cardboard has a better social image, it leaves a bigger carbon footprint than plastic. Yet, cardboard is easier to recycle and most countries have a better cardboard recycling pathway than plastic. Whatever sustainable product you choose should offer the ideal quality for your product.
Printing space impacts brand identity. For business owners, building a strong brand is a non-negotiable factor. You want sustainable product packaging that has enough space to accommodate your brand name and specific details that packaging regulations demand.
Clear plastic bags are more suited to hold nuts, groceries, and smaller food items. They are unfit for transporting bigger items such as rolls of clothing or paper. Consider the strength of the packaging and if it can safely transport your items.
Although sustainable packaging is strong, they don’t all offer the same level of protection to items. Some items need extra cushioning during transport. Protection along the edge and ridges is a crucial factor to consider.
Sustainable packaging is gradually changing the logistics industry for the better. Choosing the best sustainable solution for your business will improve your brand’s image.