Packaging includes inks, paper, plastic and other common compounds. With the use of these materials, it is easy to see the need for practices to create more sustainable packaging.
Although there is still considerable room for growth in this sector, several brands are already adopting greener packaging policies. These are some of the easiest ways to reduce your environmental footprint.
Switch to eco-friendly inks
Low volatile organic compound (VOC) fluids help reduce the environmental impact of inks, and VOCs are often regulated. More and more ink manufacturers are turning to eco-friendly solutions, so there is now a wide selection of eco-friendly inks.
Inks containing substances such as water, acetone and ethanol can now be purchased on the market. Whether you need to print on food containers, industrial parts or anything else, there is a green ink designed to meet your needs.
Quick-drying inks contain acetone, making them completely VOC-free. This makes them a common choice for companies with strong environmental initiatives or stricter regulatory requirements. Some inks can be used to print directly on the item instead of a separate label, allowing for greater environmental savings.
Adopting responsible packaging practices
Modern consumers expect environmental awareness from brands. Reflecting this attitude in your policies will improve your image and your environmental impact, making responsible packaging a natural choice.
Reducing your packaging is a relatively simple process based on the principles that everyone knows: reduce, reuse and recycle. If any part of the package does not play a key role in some aspect of the distribution, it should be tried to remove it.
Finally, making as much packaging as possible recyclable shows your commitment to the environment. To facilitate the recycling of packaging, the recyclable and non-recyclable parts can be marked so that consumers know how to complete this task.
Improving waste management
Waste materials are a significant environmental and economic cost and it is easy to move towards their elimination. Reducing waste will save time and costs and may attract new customers.
The first step towards an effective waste management program, training employees on these goals is paramount. Teamwork can offer a unique perspective on new ways to reduce material waste.
Packaging is only one aspect of a company’s business, but reducing packaging waste can have a major impact on environmental degradation and resource use.