A lot of people don’t understand why there’s so much talk about sustainable packging nowadays. Well, it’s because packaging waste accounts for 35 million tonnes of waste every year in the US alone. Furthermore, since even countries like China have stopped importing waste, all this is bound to create a bigger problem. The main problem with such waste is that it stays there for an extremely long time, which makes it hard to dipose of as even the waste from earlier times is still there. All this has led to the inception of many companies that promote eco-friendly packaging and green wrapping which is at least biodegradable or recyclable.
In fact, modern-day Consumers are also leaning for those brands which offer less or eco- friendly packaging. Here are a few companies that are trying to make the environment green by minimizing packaging.
7 Companies that promote eco-friendly packaging
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Dell is such a brand that might be overlooked by everyone who is considering eco- friendly packaging. In an effort of becoming a sustainable brand, Dell has started its own packaging. Its first decision regarding packaging was to incorporate bamboo packages for Inspiron series as it an effective alternative over plastic, molded paper pulps, and corrugated cardboard. Bamboo is environmentally friendly and is the fastest-growing grass that can be harvested in every 2- 3 years. It needs not to be replanted and the quality of soil is also improved. No pesticides or fertilizers are needed to grow it.
Apart from the green wrapping of bamboo, the company is trying to reduce its overall packaging volume and is increasing the recyclable content. Dell holds upholds the corporate responsibility of a sustainable brand.
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Lush first hit the market around 20 years ago and is still working hard for minimizing or eradicating packaging while manufacturing new products. The product has a bare minimal packing when it hits the store. In case the packaging is unavoidable as in case of liquids, Lush uses recyclable materials for it. Simple packing made of biodegradable, post- consumers and recyclable materials is used.
A total of 89% of packaging material is made of recyclable content. Also, Lush is aimed to make 100% of its packaging recyclable and compostable.
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Method deals in redesigning the household products to make them sustainable. All its products are made by using sustainable and safe materials by using renewable and natural ingredients. The method is constantly trying to improve its techniques so that all its packaging is 100% recyclable and made of HDPE plastic.
Recently a bottle has been designed to fill up 8X concentrated solution of laundry detergent that has a dispensing cup, packaging, and product included into the squirt bottle. The plus point is that the space occupied by such bottle is significantly less than what other detergents take. There is also an all-in-one floor cleansing kit that will minimize packaging use in individual items.
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Preserve has emerged out as a company that has become the epitome of sustainable and green production. It best known for high quality and environment-friendly toothbrushes and razors and makes a wide range of kitchen and tableware as well as products of personal care. All the products have been manufactured using 100% post-consumer and recyclable products which is a great attempt towards reducing the energy used and preserving the natural resources. Also, all the plastic products made by them are recyclable either in recyclable communities or in their own postage-paid mail-back scheme.
Such eco –friendly packaging is the best solution as they are made out of recycled and renewable materials at the most. Moreover, the packaging is designed such that it can be reused. If not reused by the consumer, it can be recycled as well.
5. Seventh generation:
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Seventh generation deals in personal care and household products, which are not harmful to home, environment and local communities as they consider fabrics, surfaces, companion animals and air beforehand.
The biggest contrast to ethical consumerism is to purchase a product which is eco-friendly and is wrapped in materials such as plastic. Toilet paper is an example of such and buying them in a whole bulk will not change anything. But the toilet paper from the Seventh generation has made a difference. Each of the paper rolls is warped in recycled material and comes in a bulk box. Also, the paper has the maximum content of post-consumer materials. It may look to be a bit more expensive but it leads to a lower environmental cost.
6. DB packaging:
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DB packaging has come up with cost-effective and innovative packaging solutions that help the business to grow along with lowering the bottom line. The company is distributing its sustainable packaging in New Zealand and Australia. This packaging includes Free the Seed and Aquapack.
Aquapack is flexible, biodegradable, recyclable and dissolvable plastics that come in different forms of products. The material is excellent in the packaging of food waste as it is free from solubility.
In fact, Free seeds are made of 100% organic substances which can be converted into compost naturally in 6 months from the disposal time, no matter what the soil conditions are.
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Manufactured by using artistic, sustainable and affordable design, biopack has proven out to be good for food packaging material that does not harm the environment. A variety of packaging options come in BioPak such as compostable cold and hot cups, cutlery, straws, and takeaway containers. The bagasse packaging of the company is made out of sugarcane pulp that is light in weight, inexpensive and durable. Moreover, the plus point is that the baggase biodegrades in 30- 90 days if exposed to such conditions meant for commercial composting. A unique packaging difference is made by the artistic design of the brand making its products stand out of the crowd.
Most of the consumer waste is dumped as landfill, which has filled up the finite places on earth and causes numerous problems in this environment as unpleasant odors, noise, soil and groundwater contamination, and dust.
Along with an increase in consumerism and disposable waste culture, the world is facing another problem of packaging. Packing increases the production cost of a commodity and so the shipping cost of the product from factories to outlet stores are to be borne out by the customers only. And above this is the cost of the environment too. Producing packaging materials cause depletes natural resources, and their disposal leads to pollution. Eco- friendly packaging is the only way for avoiding this menace. Therefore, by making green choices, we should support the companies that promote eco-friendly packaging.