When Should You Be Using Sustainable Packaging?

Though there are many contributions to the world’s waste totals, now more than ever, plastic packaging is rising those ranks. As the e-commerce industry continues to grow, the rate at which plastic packaging must be used also grows. In order to fulfill the orders being placed online, they must be packaged and delivered.  Many see this packaging — and its subsequent waste — as a necessary evil to supply consumers with life’s essentials in a safe and cost-effective manner. However, more and more consumers are calling for eco-friendlier manufacturing processes as the concerns surrounding the environmental impact of product packaging grow. Some consumers are even willing to pay extra to help protect the planet. Before forcing any additional costs on their customers, there are small steps manufacturers can take first. For instance, using recyclable materials as an alternative could expedite an organization’s sustainability goals. It does so by increasing the packaging’s number of uses before it breaks down and reducing the total waste it generates. These recyclable materials might be introduced by simply replacing plastic shipping containers with cardboard or more sophisticated plant-based, biodegradable packaging. Another way to deliver more sustainable packaging to a consumer base is to partner with organizations that adhere to strict sustainability practices. Whether it’s to handle manufacturing, packaging or material sourcing, partnering with the right third-party companies may make a big difference in lessening a business’s carbon footprint and overall impact on the Earth. To learn more about how organizations are attempting to create a more environmentally friendly solution to their growing e-commerce presence, review the resource featured alongside this post.

When Should You Be Using Sustainable Packaging? an infographic provided by Eagle Flexible Packaging, a company specializing in flexible packaging products

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