Earth Day is a global event that reminds us of the importance of protecting our planet. As business owners, regardless of whether we're just starting out or are part of a big, established company, it's crucial to adopt eco-friendly practices and promote sustainable packaging.
This article will provide you with five green packaging tips to consider implementing in your business, not only on Earth Day but also throughout the year.
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Label printers are a game-changer when it comes to eco-friendly packaging. They use thermal printing technology, which means no ink is required. This reduces both the environmental impact and costs associated with ink cartridges.
Another benefit of label printers is that they produce labels in exact sizes (e.g., the shipping labels at 4x6 inches or other 3x3, 2.25x1.25, or 3x5 labels), resulting in less paper and tape waste. We also wrote an article discussing whether Bluetooth printers are worth the upgrade and mentioned why the Munbyn printer is our favorite Bluetooth thermal printer. In short: it supports both USB and Bluetooth connection, which allow you to print from your laptop, PC, or any mobile & tablet device at a competitive price.
Choosing sustainable packaging materials is an effective way to reduce your business's environmental footprint. Opt for recycled or eco-friendly materials such as cardboard, paper, or biodegradable/compostable plastics whenever possible. Make sure to understand the difference between plastics, compostable and biodegradable plastics before you commit to a solution. That way, you can inform your customers of the correct disposal method after they receive the packages.
Examples of sustainable packaging materials include recycled cardboard boxes, biodegradable packing peanuts, and biodegradable or compostable mailer bags.
Ready to switch to eco-friendly packaging but not sure which materials to use? Our blog "Plastic vs Compostable vs Biodegradable" offers an in-depth comparison of plastic, compostable, and biodegradable options to help you make an informed decision.
Minimal packaging design can significantly reduce waste and lower your overall environmental impact. Focus on functionality and simplicity by minimizing excess packaging materials and incorporating eco-friendly branding.
Several companies have successfully implemented minimal packaging such as Apple Lush Cosmetics, Native deodorants or Harry’s razors. You can also reduce unnecessary packaging fillers by printing or stamping your messages directly onto the box or mailer bag instead of printing an extra thank-you card.
While bioplastics certainly help packaging waste break down at a much quicker rate than ordinary plastics, there is still no perfect bioplastic solution at this point. The best way to address the plastic problem is to use less of it. Bioplastics, whether compostable or biodegradable, need to be disposed of in specific ways as they can only break down under certain conditions.
As business owners, we should actively try to reduce waste, reuse materials, such as packaging materials, whenever possible, and encourage our customers to do the same. Adding a note or sticker on the parcel explaining the benefits of reusing materials can inspire customers to participate in sustainable practices.
At Impack, we're introducing double adhesive strips in our mailer bags to give them a second life. This small change can make a significant difference in reducing waste and promoting sustainability.
Sharing information about eco-friendly packaging with customers is essential in driving sustainable practices. Raise awareness by adding recycling instructions or symbols on your packaging, and promote recycling through social media and website content. Collaborate with other businesses or influencers to spread the word about sustainable packaging and inspire others to adopt eco-friendly practices. By sharing our experiences and successes as shop owners, we can empower each other to make more sustainable choices.
Incorporating green packaging tips in your business operations not only benefits the environment but also enhances your brand image and promotes a sustainable future. By switching to label printers, using recycled and biodegradable materials, opting for minimalistic design, reusing and encouraging reusability, and spreading the word about sustainable packaging, you can make a positive impact on Earth Day and beyond.
It's time for businesses of all sizes to embrace eco-friendly practices and lead the way toward a more sustainable world!