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5 Sustainable Packaging Ideas for Your Shipment

July 17, 2019 same day logistics

Two-thirds of consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable products. Many corporations have made sustainability pledges that they plan to put in place by 2020.

It isn’t a matter of “should” your business use eco-friendly packaging. It’s a matter of when is your company going to make the switch?

Once upon a time, eco friendly packaging was unheard of. Both for corporations and especially small businesses.

But that’s changed.

Not only will a five second Google search reveal dozens of options. Sustainable packaging is now affordable and easy to get.

Here’s how you can make the switch!

Instead of Styrofoam, Use Mushrooms

Styrofoam takes 1,000 years to decompose. It’s a choking hazard to wildlife.

The foam used in packaging contains carcinogenic chemicals like styrene and benzene. These are projected into the air and waterways during manufacturing and decomposition.

Luckily, mushroom packaging is breaking through to mainstream use. 

Mushroom packaging is made from grown fungus. Natural fibers like corn husk and oats are pressed and shaped. They are seeded with mushroom spores that grow mycelium. The mycelium threads wrap around the structure, creating the material.

This packaging is shockproof, supportive and cost-efficient. Not to mention that it produces 90% fewer carbon emissions during manufacturing. Decomposes within months. And supports the agricultural industry.

Even Ikea has made the switch.

Cornstarch Eco Friendly Packaging

Corn-based packaging offers a cheap and easy alternative to the plastics we use to box our favorite products.

Traditionally, packaging boxes are made of plastic. Which contains toxic polystyrene materials. It’s the stuff that’s making water supplies undrinkable, and our oceans acidic.

Many countries around the world, and even some cities and states in America. Have actually initiated complete bans and levies of products made from the material. 

With cornstarch based packaging, the polystyrene is replaced with polylactic acid (PLA). PLA is made from fermented sugars. These sugars are typically sourced from cornstarch.

This makes the cornstarch packaging less toxic and biodegradable. 

Pop The Bubble Wrap Habit

Although it’s fun to pop. We need to find alternatives to our plastic consumption. To ensure a healthy future for the planet.

It’s estimated that if we don’t make serious changes to our plastic consumption. There will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

Corrugated bubble wrap is made from cardboard. Many brands offer corrugated bubble wrap made from recycled cardboard.

It’s cut to form air pockets, and rolled-up the same way plastic bubble wrap is. For use, it’s rolled out like bubble wrap and then used to stabilize and protect items.

Use Recycled Cardboard

This is one of the easiest solutions to reducing your carbon footprint with packaging. Reuse the boxes that are sent to you.

This could be marketed as a quirky sustainability pledge to your clients. But if you don’t think that fits your demographic, there are other options.

So many companies offer 100% recycled cardboard boxes in bulk.

They can come in the traditional four-sided shape. But there are also new, sleeker designs available. These can better serve your branding.

Why bother with recycled cardboard? According to Earth911 one ton of cardboard requires three tons of trees. And recycling one ton of cardboard reduces landfill space by nine yards.

Switch to Paper Packaging Tape

Packaging tape can be overlooked when you’re evaluating your packaging standards. It might seem like a small change. But every single small change can amount to a large change when it comes to waste.

Traditional packaging tape is made from plastics.

Paper tape is easy to find.

The most common type of paper tape found is water activated.

It’s simply made with a starch adhesive. That when wet, is activated and strongly binds with packaging. To activate the tape, you can easily use a squirt bottle.

Paper tape is available in different widths and thickness.

It’s high performing, heavy duty and inexpensive. Some claim that it even goes further than traditional plastic tape. It’s also simple to print on and recyclable.

Should You Use Biodegradable Plastics?

Bioplastics must high temperatures to decompose. Unfortunately, the temperature required to get the process going. Is not commonly met in landfills.

That means that plastic still sits in a landfill or floats in the ocean. The manufacturing for these plastics is often not any better for the environment. Then the process for making regular plastic.

Biodegradable plastics are also mostly not recyclable.

These products are not as earth-friendly as the other options listed above.  Companies looking to make an actual impact. Will find that packaging made from natural fibers are a much better option.

The Time Is Now To Switch To Sustainable Packaging

In 2015 packaging up nearly 30% of all America’s municipal solid waste. That’s almost 78 million tons of garbage.

With the rise of e-commerce and shipping. That number is estimated to be much higher today. The future is promising for those numbers to soar.

Consumers demand these changes. There is a growing interest in supply chain transparency. This is not a market trend. It’s a fundamental change in consumer behaviors.

Simply slapping a vague “natural” or “local made” label on a product is not enough.

Switching to eco friendly packaging is essential to the B2B side of the business too. More companies are aware of the demand for better, more transparent sustainability practices.

Companies will also demand these standards from the companies they work with.  

When you’re ready to ship these packages. It’s essential to find a localized and reliable courier.

We transport packages and freight throughout the United States and worldwide. If you need same-day delivery, no problem. We offer rushed and pre-scheduled services.

We’ve traveled 2,900 miles and delivered 18,957 packages. For our diverse range of clients. Throughout Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and West Palm Beach.

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