When you’re running a successful company that’s shipping products out to customers across the world, you may have started to consider how much of an effect all your packaging could be having on the environment.
Using single-use plastic, or non-recyclable materials in your packaging could be generating a huge amount of waste, which not only damages the environment, but could also be putting off more eco-conscious customers from purchasing your products.
To help you reduce your carbon footprint, and create packaging that benefits everyone, here are some fantastic sustainable and recyclable packaging ideas that we think you and your customers are going to love.
Use more recyclable packaging materials
When it comes to both your products, and delivery packaging, you should always aim to use the most recyclable packaging materials that you can.
If you’re selling beauty products, you can easily find bamboo and recycled plastic packaging that don’t leave as much of an environmental impact.
You can also try biodegradable and compostable packaging for the boxes and paper that you ship your products in, these can all be easily disposed of by the end consumer and not end up in landfill.
Clearly indicate recycling instructions on outer packaging
A lot of customers aren’t as knowledgeable about recycling, so make it as easy as possible for them to dispose of your packaging in an environmentally friendly way.
Choose product designs, like our airless pumps, that are fully recyclable—and make this clear on the packaging. Similarly on all your boxes, let the customer know what they can recycle and how they should do it—the easier you make it, the more likely they are to recycle everything properly.
Think about the packaging you use inside your boxes
When shipping your products out you want to make sure that they’re as safe as possible to avoid them breaking in-transit, so most companies will fill their shipping boxes with packing peanuts. But are packing peanuts recyclable?
Most of the time, no, as traditional packing peanuts are made from polystyrene and even though some can be reused or recycled, they often aren’t by the end consumer.
Some recyclable alternatives for these could be things like popcorn, crumpled newspapers or cornstarch packing peanuts which can be easily dissolved when put under cold water.