Three Things You Should Know About Green Packaging

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When it comes to the retail packaging of products in our modern world, we understandably get troubled when we see just how much waste is being created. Right now, 31.9 million metric tons of plastic is being improperly disposed of and a significant amount of it is winding up in our oceans, causing damage that amounts to about 13.billion per year.,/p>

We are becoming not only more aware of the kind of damage our packaging is causing but also more conscious of how we can hold companies responsible for the damage their packaging can cause. Right now, over half of the people who make purchases around the world do so with at least partial thought given to which companies are making an effort to have a positive impact on our environment.

Sustainable packaging and green packaging efforts are happening all around us. Many industries are doing what they can to make green packaging a part of their company’s efforts to save our planet for our children. Whether it is developing better clamshell packaging solutions, developing better box labels, or simply limiting the material for a package, companies mostly want to do the right thing.

At the same time, when it comes to green packaging and sustainable packaging, less might not always be more. In an effort to be as eco-friendly as possible, many companies are trying to cut down on their packaging and only use all natural materials. But, it isn’t always as simple as it might seem. Here are three things you should know about packaging.

1.) Cutting back might do more harm than good.

The idea is a good one, but using less might actually cause more waste. If the packaging of a product allows what is inside to spoil or break, then the money, resources, time, and energy it cost to put it all together could end up costing a great deal more than the packaging itself.

2.) Paper may not always be better than plastic

Sustainability takes into account not only how biodegradable a piece of material is, but also what goes into making the product in the first place. In some cases, the making of certain paper products could be causing more harm to the environment than the plastics they are intended to be better than. Take a look and see if this is the case for your packaging needs before you decide what to do.

3.) Recycled materials are not always better than non-recycled ones.

The conclusion that many of us jump to is that recycled is always better. Recycling is a great thing, don’t misunderstand. It is just that some recycled material is not as durable as recycled material and could end up being problematic for the product. See point #1.

Green packaging is a great idea and is helping reduce the pollution in the world. At the same time, be discerning with the recycled materials you use, knowing that smart decisions will not only save you money but will also save the planet.

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Sarah Todd

Sarah Todd

Sarah Todd, an investment banker, is a reporter and researcher for one of London’s leading media outlets. Formerly a trader and market maker at FTSE, she turned to media during the global recession. This website features some of her best and favourite articles, from all parts of the business world. Please let her guide you and your enterprise along the path to prosperity.