The Latest Sustainable Packaging Trends That Are Rocking 2021

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Packaging plays an integral role in many industries for a number of reasons. It provides protection from transit, keeps medical products sterile, keeps food items fresh, and sells the product to the consumer. However, it has a significant impact on the environment. According to Protega Global, plastic outnumbers sea life by six-to-one and continues to harm other sensitive ecosystems. Consumers are demanding that more must be done to protect the environment and companies are starting to listen. Many companies are transitioning from traditional packaging solutions to more sustainable packaging to reduce the environmental impact. 

Pioneer Packaging are experts in designing, manufacturing, and implementing eco-friendly solutions to ensure businesses reach their sustainable goals. We follow popular trends and solutions to provide the best quality services at cost-effective rates. Learn about some of those trends below and see how green packaging can benefit your company today. 

Become Sustainable by Incorporating Paper Materials in Retail Packaging

One study conducted by McKinsey & Company found that a significant amount of packaging cannot be recycled in existing recycling facilities. This is especially true for packaging that utilizes multiple materials in its design. Therefore, many companies are designing their packaging to use materials that are easy to recycle. Coca-Cola recently introduced its first paper bottle prototype lined with 100% recycled plastic. Other companies, like Johnnie Walker, have jumped on the sustainable packaging bandwagon and have introduced their own paper-based packaging.

Size Matters in Sustainable Packaging

A term that many people may not be familiar with is “rightsizing”. The idea refers to reducing the size of a package to minimize empty space while adequately protecting its contents. This is an important strategy when designing sustainable packaging as it reduces the amount of waste per package. Additionally, companies who limit their packaging size benefit from lower manufacturing costs and faster production times. 

Sustainable Packaging that You Can Plant

Another eco-friendly packaging solution catching the attention of consumers is packaging that can be planted. Biodegradable packaging essentially means the package will decompose naturally through bacteria and other organisms in a waste setting. Companies are going a step further by embedding seeds into the design. So instead of creating more harmful waste, consumers can watch their plant bloom. 

The cosmetic industry is a highly competitive market where companies are in constant battle to stand out. As seen with Pangea Organics, plantable packaging is a viable, appealing alternative to attract consumers towards the brand. 

Embrace Reusable Packaging

According to GreenBiz, industry leading companies are incorporating reusable packaging solutions into their business strategies. Companies like Burger King and McDonald’s have introduced preliminary sustainable packaging designs that promote a reduction in single-use plastic. Additionally, refill kiosks, like Algramo, are providing stations where people can fill their bottles with cleaning solutions. This eliminates the need to purchase more plastic packaging that could end up in a landfill. 

Partner with Manufacturers that have Sustainable Packaging Practices

Just like with any business partnership, it’s important to do your research. While you may hold sustainability in a high-regard, does the manufacturer you work with feel the same? It’s critical to ask the supplier about their manufacturing practices and their use of sustainable packaging materials. It may also be a good idea to ask if you can get a tour of their facilities to get a better understanding of their premises, equipment, supplies, etc. This information will help you feel confident in your decision. 

Pioneer Packaging is Ready to Help with Your Sustainable Initiative

For more than 35 years, Pioneer Packaging have been experts in efficient packaging solutions. We incorporate creative designs that emphasize attractiveness and functionality to ensure your product withstands transit and appeals to the consumer. Additionally, we look to incorporate eco-friendly solutions to help your company reduce its environmental impact. Contact us today and let us know what we can do for you.

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