As a brand, ensuring that sustainable packaging is a main priority is essential to remaining reputable and maintaining trust in 2023. With public demand pushing for a more socially and environmentally responsible world, as well as icons like David Attenborough publicly pleading with the world to become more sustainable, sustainability is an important topical matter to stay on top of – and adhere to as much as possible.
That’s why packaging companies can’t simply be just packaging companies anymore – they must become sustainable packaging companies, adhering to eco-friendly values and practises, in order to stay relevant. So, what do you need to consider when looking for an environmentally friendly packaging company?
Considerations of responsible packaging.
Looking for ways to make your packaging more sustainable? Some of the top considerations when striving for more eco-friendly packaging include:
- Recyclable materials – eco-friendly packaging should use renewably sourced raw materials, which can be easily recycled in turn.
- Simple production process – minimising the packaging’s production process will enable more sustainable packaging, as the supply chain and carbon footprint will be reduced.
- Single material packaging – having single-material packaging solutions means that the deconstruction and recycling of the sustainable packaging doesn’t require additional services. It also reduces the labour to separate materials, saving both time and money.
- Reusability – as well as being able to be recycled, ensuring your packaging is adaptable and can be used more than once is a great way to become more eco-friendly. This way, you can create a more circular economy around the packaging, extending both usability and the packaging’s lifecycle.
If you’re unsure how your business can make the move over to more eco-friendly packaging, certain bodies can help. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for instance is a body which ensures that any wood-based products (such as Lesters) are made from sustainably-sourced forests.
How much does eco-friendly packaging cost?
If you’re wondering whether or not eco-friendly packaging is more expensive, the short answer is no. Eco-friendly packaging will usually cost the same if not less than regular packaging.
With the UK Government recently enforcing a plastic packaging tax, you may find that in the long run, reusable, sustainable solutions will cut far more costs than the alternatives, while also allowing you to turn your costs into revenue, through box recycling services.
What are eco-friendly packaging materials?
There are an array of packaging materials that can be considered sustainable or eco-friendly. In general, for a material to qualify as sustainable, you would usually expect it to be either:
You would also expect the packaging to produce a minimal amount of waste during the manufacturing process.
Eco-friendly packaging boxes from Lesters.
Here at Lesters, we pride ourselves on being an environmentally friendly packaging company. We make it our priority to ensure responsible practices run through every element of our supply chain, providing a wide range of eco-packaging boxes in a variety of sizes and requirements.
As a certificate holder of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), we provide responsible packaging through the procurement of 100% recyclable materials, as well as reducing wastage within the manufacturing process. Find out more information about our packaging services now. Interested in using our eco packaging boxes for your business needs? Get in touch with our expert team here at Lesters.
How can we help you?
As Large Packaging specialists, we’ll work closely with you to provide the perfect packaging solution to your needs. We also offer a box recycling service, allowing businesses to not only improve their environmental footprint but also to generate a new revenue stream. Contact us today to find out how we can add value to your business.