Sustainable Packaging: Helping Businesses and Consumers Become Environmentally Aware
Sustainable packaging: Good businessmen – or businesswomen – can adjust their marketing strategies to touch the hearts of people and help them make a difference. What better way to make a difference than to be more environmentally conscious and a sustainable green business, right?
Australia and its people made it clear that they must become more environmentally conscious. According to a scenario article, within the next 30 years, a life-changing event would arise if the current environmental issues are not properly addressed.
With that being said, Australia has made a conscious effort to help save the environment. According to research, 32 per cent – or approximately 1/3 of Australia – prefer their bought products in an environment-friendly packaging. According to them, it gives them a sense of purpose.
Sustainable Packaging: How Impactful Is Packaging?
Whether you buy – say for example – food from restaurants or food products in the market, it always comes with the packaging. As the demand for these types of products increases, so does the packaging that comes with it.
You may be asking yourselves, “How can this impact the environment?” As stated earlier, with these amounts of packaging that comes along with the products, where do you think does the packaging go?
Paperboard and fiberboard are usually used to create packaging. Chemical residue from these products proves to be very harmful to the environment, as well as the energy and resources used to produce these types of products.
According to an article, paper bags generate 50 times more water pollutants and 70 per cent more air pollutants in the production process than plastic bags.
As for plastic packaging, though they produce less pollutants and consume less energy in production than paper packaging, it takes a long time for them to decompose. Plastic decomposes in about 5-10 years while paper can decompose for a much shorter time, approximately a month.
The buyers also have a responsibility to know what kind of packaging is more environmentally impactful than the other. The issue does not only fall to the businesses for them to solve, but also the consumers.
Sustainable Packaging: How Can That Help a business and the plant?
You might be thinking, “How can sustainable packaging help the Earth?” Well, using them helps the Earth a tonne!
First, let us know what sustainable packaging is. Sustainable packaging is a type of packaging that is either biodegradable, compostable, recyclable or made from recycled products instead.
Now that sustainable packaging comes into play, how can it help businesses – and most importantly – the environment itself?
Millennials today who already gained influential status for advertisers and also in politics are the front-runners in promoting the saving of the environment. As the dominant users of social media today, they are at the forefront of sustainable packaging pressure groups and advocacy. See our blog on using recycled timber.
Businesses nowadays are encouraged to be more pro-active in helping keep the world environmentally stable. People, especially millennials that will be the future leaders of the Earth, expect businesses to be more careful in producing and packaging the items that they sell.
As a business, you should be responsible not to worsen the carbon footprint you produce. You should be aware of the impact of your actions here on our world.
All business topics aside, a big reason why developing sustainable packaging is important is because it is the right thing to do. Sustainable packaging’s number one reason for being created is to help save the planet Earth.
Take note that you as a buyer are also responsible for the cleanliness of the environment. As a buyer, you should be aware of what your packaging is made of and make efforts on how to responsibly package the products you bought.
Tips On Producing Sustainable Packaging
Sustainable packaging is a difficult thing to do. Whatever materials you use for packaging, you cannot avoid the consumption of energy and resources, as well as the waste it produces after use.
Here are 3 tips on how to produce an eco-friendly and sustainable packaging:
- Produce smaller packages – You can save more energy and resources when you produce smaller packages, naturally. Only use produce packaging that is proportional to the item you are packaging – i.e. there is no need to wrap bananas or cucumber in plastic wrap.
- Always use biodegradable materials when possible – People tend to dispose of the packaging that comes along with the item that they bought. As someone who wants to promote environmental cleanliness, you should be aware of your packaging’s components. The faster it decomposes, the better – i.e. with plastic the worst (note – glass often does not break down at all – but is accepted as having less negative qualities).
- Make your packaging reusable – businesses nowadays make reusable packaging for their customers. For example, supermarkets offer eco-bags that people can reuse when they go to the grocery and shop.
Take note that these are just some ways on how to produce sustainable packaging. A little bit of research can really help you go the extra mile – and you may even win new customers as a result.
To conclude, it is very important to promote and implement the use of sustainable packaging not only in Australia but also worldwide.
Sustainable packaging is a growing issue for both business and socity. Consumers today are becoming more conscious of what they buy and will shop around for a greener or more responsible business. In this case, going eco-friendly and sustainable packaging can add financial benefits to any business.
As said earlier, producing sustainable packaging is a difficult but rewarding thing to do. As stated by this article, 88% of consumers want you – the business – to help them make a difference.
Businesses who are environmentally aware are bound for success nowadays!
Waster’s Take On Sustainable Packaging
As an innovative solution for your waste management and recycling needs, Waster promotes the idea of businesses and consumers alike to use sustainable packaging.
You can also avail of our cardboard and paper recycling – see more details here.
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