Eco-friendly Packaging Guide

April 15, 2019

What’s the top way to drive brand loyalty in 2019? Corporate social responsibility. A recent survey found more than half of consumers prefer to purchase goods from brands that have a strong eco-friendly reputation and eco-friendly packaging.

Consumers are now increasingly eco-conscious for a number of reasons. Foremost, since consumers shop online more than ever consumers have more interactions with packaging than before. In fact, consumers will go out of their way to buy eco-friendly items.

Here’s why your company should use eco-friendly packaging:

Government Policy

Many governments have stringent packaging laws, so being eco-friendly will help you stay compliant, and can save you money. While eco-friendly packaging may not be the law everywhere, many jurisdictions favour items that follow green packaging.

For more information on how to follow green guidelines in the United States, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) “Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims” can provide guidance.

In Canada, the United States, and beyond refer to the EcoLogo Certification guidelines to ensure your packaging is sustainable. EcoLogo Certification gives companies a competitive edge as it’s the authoritative eco-certification. EcoLogo is referenced in more than 350 specifications, and standards and packages accredited by EcoLogo must undergo a robust vetting process.

The Cost

Some companies have concerns about going eco-friendly because they’re concerned sustainable packaging is more expensive. However, the cost of eco-friendly packaging can be on par with the cost of traditional packaging materials that are less environmentally-friendly. Also, reducing the number of materials you use can lower your shipping costs, in turn making the cost of your packaging cheaper. Recyclable materials can also reduce your packaging costs.

Brand Loyalty

The opportunity cost of not going eco-friendly is quite expensive as green packaging drives sales, revenue, and brand loyalty. A Nielsen Global Survey on Corporate Social Responsibility found packaging found that 55% of online consumers are willing to pay more for products from companies that are committed to environmental impact.

So, are you ready to make a positive environmental impact?

Here are excellent eco-friendly packaging materials to consider when designing your next package:

  • Biodegradable air peanuts
  • Mushroom packaging
  • Recycled cardboard and paper
  • Eco-friendly plastic and recycled plastic

Six great examples of eco-friendly packaging:

1. Recycled Paper Bottles

The Choose Water bottle, developed by a British scientist James Longcroft, aims to replace plastic bottles and help save the world’s oceans from plastic waste.

The outer case is made from 100% recycled sustainably sourced paper pulp, while the waterproof inner lining is made from fully biodegradable and sustainable materials.

Source: Two Sides

2. Lacoste Eco/Techno Polo

Packaging collaboration of Mind Design and Tom Dixon.

“Tom’s concept was to explore two very different materials and the technology used in the production process of the garment. The most eco-friendly way to package the eco polo was not to print on the packaging at all but use embossing instead. The techno polo is vacuum-packaged in screen-printed foil.”

Source: Packaging of the World

3. American Apparel Sustainable Packaging

Designer, Roger Wang created this package design concept as a student at Academy of Arts University, San Francisco.

“The mission of this project is to create a sustainable line for a shoe packaging under a specific fashion brand of our choice. In order to reflect the concept of ‘being green,’ all the materials used for this project must be environmental friendly.”

Source: Dieline

4. Eco-friendly Chinese food packaging

Focusing on sustainability, this packaging attempts to eliminate the need for a plastic bag. For multiple orders, hook carrying strings into the diecut design of the one on top of it. Holds up to three entrees.

Source: Packaging of the World

5. 100 % recycled packaging for clothing by Forage

Forage Haberdashery has 100% recycled packaging and they hand print each and every box.

Source: Forage Haberdashery

6. Boxed Water

The Boxed Water carton is complety recyclable, down to the cap; 76 % of the product is made using paper from certified, sustainably managed forests.

Source: Boxed Water

Read more about Sustainable and Eco-friendly Packaging here:

Do you care? Climate change & Eco-friendly Packaging

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