Despite companies trying to put forth their best sustainability efforts, there are many common sustainable packaging mistakes that are still being made. These issues range from using chemicals that can negatively impact the environment to using excess packaging materials. It is important for you to be aware of these issues when considering what packaging services best fit your company’s sustainability goals. Here are a few examples of packaging that are detrimental to the environment.

Double Layered Packaging
Chip bags and cereal boxes have multiple layers to the packaging that surrounds their products. This is not only more cost inefficient for companies, it also means that more materials like plastics and foils are being used when it is not necessary. Companies also like to make these packages appear larger to have a more visually appealing shelf space as well as to trick consumers into perceiving they are buying more product.

Single Serve Packaging
People and companies often believe that single-serve products, like yogurt and coffee cups, are easy to recycle since they are marketed as sleek, convenient, and recycle. However, experts say that this is actually proven to be problematic and difficult to recycle due to the wide range of materials that are used in this type of packaging. In order for these single-serve packaged products to be truly sustainable, they need to be composed of biodegradable packaging.

Takeout Containers
Everyone likes to indulge in the occasional take-out meal, however, styrofoam and cardboard take-out containers are both non-recyclable materials. Although cardboard alone is recyclable, once the cardboard comes in contact with food residue, it can no longer be recycled. Companies are already taking steps to develop compostable packages to substitute the traditional materials that constitute takeout packaging.

Here at Pioneer Packaging, we understand that going green is not as easy as it may seem. However, sustainability efforts are proven to help support business endeavors as well as support a better environment for future generations. If you have any questions or concerns about sustainable packaging services please don’t hesitate to contact us.