Three ways to ensure your packaging is more environmentally friendly

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‘Going green’ is no longer a buzzword in 2020; rather it will give your business a competitive edge.

Many large corporations have adopted a circular economy model – which is an economic system aimed at minimising waste and making the most of resources.  According to research by Veolia “Adopting a circular economy could create £29 billion of GDP in the UK”.

Whether you’re a small business or a huge corporation, the impact of the choices you make when it comes to packaging your products cannot be underestimated. By using environmentally friendly packaging materials, you can benefit from a competitive edge that your competitors will find hard to replicate.

If your business is looking for ways to improve its carbon footprint through packaging, try following these simple steps:

Lightweight packaging

Using lightweight and sustainable packaging materials are fast becoming a trend for businesses that want to go ‘green’. Lighter packaging will also free up storage space and reduce overall transport costs.

Having a focus on sustainability and going ‘green’ increases trust amongst customers. A study by Nielsen highlighted that 66% of global consumers say they’re willing to pay more for sustainable brands.

Use less packaging

Stretch film is widely used to retain pallet loads and bundling smaller items. Think about how much stretch plastic film you use, how much you spend and more importantly the effect of this on the environment.

Using a performance stretch film will significantly reduce the amount you use and can save you up to 50% in costs. It’s a win-win situation – for your business and the environment.

Using recyclable materials (plastic alternatives)

I’m sure you’re aware of the ongoing campaign to reduce plastic use. Major brands such as Coca Cola and Morrison’s have recently announced a plastic-free strategy. This has come about due to the excessive use of plastic across the globe.

A study by Plasticfree announced that the amount of “plastic waste generated annually in the UK is estimated to be nearly 5 million tonnes” and there are already 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean according to National Geographic.

There is a range of plastic alternatives when it comes to packaging. Flexi-Hex® is a plastic-free, biodegradable concertina style honeycomb protector ideal for bottle protection. Flexi-Hex is made from 100% recycled materials, is easy to recycle at home and offers great damage protection. Win-win, right?

We provide a variety of plastic alternatives that will bring many benefits to your business. Contact us today to find out more about our sustainable packaging solutions.

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