Eco-friendly, sustainable, ethical all these words mean so many different things. Does that mean something is recyclable, compostable? What is it made of? Does it have toxins in it? Is it biodegradable? Is it made from virgin materials? And on and on it goes.
Packaging can be overwhelming for any business and if you want to be as planet-friendly as possible it can be even more difficult to figure out which route is best to take. To start your eco-packaging journey, here are some easy swaps that make a difference to your footprint, and in the end remember, that every little bit counts.
No 1. Tape
When you tape your shipping boxes together what kind of tape are you using? This is a super-easy way to start reducing your packaging footprint, move from using normal adhesive tape to a paper-based or home compostable adhesive tapes. A quick search for ‘Home compostable adhesive tape’ or ‘eco-friendly packaging tape’ will show you the different options out there.
No 2. Reduce the amount of packaging
The next thing you can do is to reduce the amount of packaging you use. this is a great way to use fewer materials which in return reduces the impact on the environment. This is also a great way to save money. Maybe you double package your product, is this needed, or maybe you add a thank you card, could this message be printed in the inside of the box instead?
No 3. Product Wrap
When you package your product for shipping you might have wasted space and think about how you fill that space is important. So instead of using bubble wrap, there are now great alternatives like the paper-based wrap, this works the same way as bubble wrap but not have any plastic involved.
No 4. Void Filler
Another way is to swap your void fill to a 100% biodegradable version. There are loads of different void fill ‘peanuts’ made from natural sources like corn or wheat for example. These can be reused over and over and instead of putting them in the bin you can just put them in water and they will dissolve (pretty cool).
No 5. Mailers
Moving over from plastic mailers to home compostable mailers is also an easy and great way to remove plastic from your packaging. There are quite a few options out there so just be mindful of your research to make sure they are truly compostable and not biodegradable plastic as this is not truly biodegradable. (I might need to write a separate blog on the different materials and what to look out for in terms of greenwashing)
In the end, start small, do what you can, and make continuous changes though-out your business adventure. Never think ‘my business is so small I won’t really make a big enough impact so what’s the point. Follow
“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” - Edmund Burke
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Good luck with your sustainable adventure!