With billions of tonnes of waste entering landfills worldwide each year, society is becoming more environmentally conscious, from eating more sustainably to reusing grocery bags. The packaging of a product has become so important that it can have an impact on the bottom line. Here are some of the most creative eco-friendly packaging ideas that will help you save money.
1. Cornstarch packaging
Given the growing public awareness of the environmental consequences of polystyrene materials’ inability to biodegrade, cornstarch-based materials are a low-cost alternative. It is food-safe and resistant to food fats and oils, making it an ideal solution for mitigating the negative effects of traditional takeaway containers.
2. Recycled plastic
Biodegradable plastics are a strong alternative to traditional plastics, and because plastic is one of the most common materials that consumers associate with being extremely harmful to the environment, emphasizing your company’s use of alternatives is a powerful way to increase customer loyalty and retention.
3. Mushroom packaging
Mushroom packaging is extremely environmentally friendly because it is made from fungi types. It can be decomposed at home, breaking down into non-toxic matter that can be disposed of guilt-free, making it the ideal protection for household items, attracting the likes of environmentally conscious supermarket customers.
4. Carton water
Paper water bottles are made from recycled cardboard and newspaper and contain a thin, plastic recycled liner on the inside, making them ideal for holding water without completely disintegrating. These containers can be shipped nested to improve operational speed.
5. Leaf plates
Leaf plates are non-toxic, long-lasting, and environmentally friendly. These are completely natural and are regarded as one of the best alternatives to plastic and other environmentally harmful tableware. They are strong and versatile when it comes to storing food in freezers and cooking in microwave ovens.
6. Air pillows
Air Pillows made of recycled materials is a good alternative for filling in any gaps in the boxes. Air pillows are especially useful for small items because they can be filled with as much as you need for the product.
7. Biodegradable packaging peanuts
Biodegradable peanuts are far less damaging to the environment than their polystyrene counterparts. They not only degrade within minutes of contact with water, but they also leave no waste and pose no significant health risks to animals or sea life.
8. Single strip cardboard packaging
Small items are frequently wrapped in a lot of plastic to keep them safe in transit. Smaller items, such as light bulbs, can be packaged in a single strip of recyclable cardboard, which is not only less expensive but also better for the environment.
9. Carton wine
Winemakers are increasingly turning to greener packaging to reduce their eco-footprints, as wine boxes are frequently avoided due to their lack of functional quality. Glass bottles consume a significant amount of natural resources, resulting in a significant amount of pollution.
10. Cardboard stool
The chair is sturdy enough to be used as a bedside table, coffee table, or even a seat. It is sustainable, practical, and innovative. It is environmentally friendly and simple to use for all consumers.
11. Gift- wrapping (leaf)
There is no better way to show your environmentally conscious loved ones that you support their lifestyle than by sprucing up your gift with a few broken branches from your local tree store or on your daily walk. It’s light on your wallet and allows you to stand out in a sea of ribbon bows. It’s easy on your strained pockets and allows you to stand out amongst a sea of ribbon bows.
With the amount of extra time on their hands, our generation appears to have become much more creative from lockdown to lockdown. They are masters of upcycling, or creative reuse, transforming old books into knife blocks or a Christmas tree into a princess with used aprons.
Bioplastics have the feel of plastic but are made from renewable biomass sources such as milk, wheat, and meat protein. The packaging is simple and reflects sustainable consumption practices such as using the entire animal to reduce waste.
14. Saving ink
Soy and vegetable inks do not emit harmful organic compounds that can harm the environment and human health. It also facilitates recycling because soy ink is easier to de-ink. Soy ink also spreads more widely, lowering ink costs and waste.
15. Plantable packaging
With plantable packaging, the possibilities are endless. Seed paper has a sturdy structure that allows for anything from kraft paper to custom gift boxes in a variety of box dimensions. Plantable packaging creates a strong incentive for the recipient of the gift to recycle the package.
16. Anti-microbial packaging
Food’s perishable nature has sparked numerous debates about how we can extend the shelf life of this basic human necessity. Typically, as the holidays approach, the global harms of food waste become more severe due to increased consumption. As a result, the demand for anti-microbial packaging is at an all-time high during this season.
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