Environmentally Friendly Packaging Ideas
Perhaps the most talked-about topic for eco-friendly solutions this year, product packaging has gained more interest since the push for more environmentally-friendly packaging began. For businesses, this is unavoidable; the clamor for such packaging will only increase with time. This is why many packaging ideas will evolve as time goes on. For now, here are a few of them currently in use:
- Corrugated bubble wraps: Corrugate bubble wraps, those wraps that kids love to pop, have become a danger to the environment since they are made from plastic. A new solution to packaging and safety needs has not been designed in the form of corrugated bubble wraps. These wraps are similar to their plastic cousins; the only difference is that they are made with biodegradable and recyclable materials such as up-cycled cardboard paper. Regrettably, the bubbles cannot be popped.
- Corrugated roll packaging: Another example of eco-friendly packaging solutions is corrugated roll packaging. The popular types of roll packages are made from plastic that is not biodegradable. These corrugated packages are not only biodegradable but recyclable several times. The roll packages are strong enough to withstand the rigors of transportation and will keep the products safe.
- Cornstarch packaging: This interesting, all-natural packaging solution is produced from corn (maize). It has similar properties to plastic but without a threat to the environment as it is organic and degradable. Cornstarch is the ideal replacement for petroleum-based packaging options and is predicted to become important among other eco-friendly solutions. Another similar example is a bioplastic derived from mango. These bioplastics can serve the same function as regular plastics, and when reinforced with corrugated paper, they increase the safety rating of fragile packages.
- Organic fiber: Organic fibers such as sisal, hemp, palm leaves, tapioca, and even cotton are great examples of organic fibers being used to make bags and other types of product packaging for many businesses. These materials are degradable, recyclable (or up-cycled), and are enough for the safety of the products they are used to transport.
- Labels: Labels are also being influenced by eco-friendly solutions. From the regular polymers that take a long time to degrade, fully degradable papers are now used and coated with industrial oils that preserve their lifespan. Label inks are also now being produced from natural oils such as sesame seed oil.
- Wood: Some products’ packaging is made from thin or thick wood, which can later be recycled or used for other purposes.