Why we should opt for eco-friendly recyclable packing
Last year, in the month of December www.theverge.com emphasised that Amazon generates millions of pounds of plastic waste, and the company was under scrutiny with different publications talking about their packaging waste being responsible for 456 million pounds of plastic packaging waste in the previous year. Amazon claims that it uses about a quarter of the reported estimate, according to an email from the company to The Verge. If that’s the case then Amazon was still using more than 116 million pounds of plastic packing in 2019.
They somehow manage to refuse to come out clean with their total plastic footprints. With drastically increasing online orders and the second covid wave hitting this year, it’s quite obvious that home deliveries have only increased in tremendous volumes as compared to last year. Considering the damage on the other side – a big problem for the world’s oceans – one can only assume what’s coming ahead. What you don’t measure, you cannot manage. This entire mess brings us towards eco-friendly, cardboard packing which again Amazon was topping by at large. Every cardboard box, every bubble wrap, and every plastic mailer you receive is just one of the millions being distributed around the world. All of these materials could end up in landfills if not properly disposed of or reused. Shopping locally with reusable bags is undeniably the biggest way to cut down on packing waste from eretailers, and to minimize piling up on packing waste from all the ecommerce deliveries. In this article, we highlight a few tips to encourage the ‘brown bag culture’.
Amazon gives multiple solutions to consolidate your orders
This has probably not crossed our minds, with fighting the second wave of the pandemic, with our routine lives turned completely upside down. But Amazon does give options online when you buy, to consolidate orders from different retailers and combine them into one packing to use less packing materials like cardboard, bubble wraps, and plastic covers. Along with that, another option is to reschedule a delivery date and find the one date a few days later for all your deliveries to be packed in one box. A further option besides all these is for Prime members of Amazon; they get to opt for recycling-friendly packaging called the “Frustration-free Packaging” program. Instead of traditional Amazon packaging, the company will ship the orders in smaller, recycle-friendly boxes. Amazon’s Second Chance program helps you learn how to properly recycle your packaging.
Guide for eco-friendly packaging ideas for manufacturing
Most of the brands today are working towards the eco-friendly, brown bag culture since that’s the evident way to go forward on. Most often, the packaging compliments the feel of the product, and the depth of its quality, and the luxury it represents. With no reasonable balance between shiny covers and damage to the environment, it’s been the most important part of any retail experience. But with changing times and current conditions, that mindset seems to have undergone a reform for many consumers. According to a study by McKinsey, over 70% of consumers were willing to pay a so-called ‘Green Premium’ for a product if it came in eco-friendly packaging. That’s a great step in the right direction.
A few important things that play a big part in packing are: Paper tissue – For products that require the appropriate presentation of being wrapped in something impressive, giving the sense of a covered design, packing and wrapping it carefully in paper tissues instead of plastic sheets will give the feel of it coming from an eco-friendly space, protected in more earthy wrapping. Paper sticker – A big part of successful branding is the small little details and for the logos resembling sweet remarks and patterns and motifs, processing them from cellulose fibre where the active acid pulp is eliminated during processing can add that extra effort of displaying care and concern, and at the same time, it’s completely organic. Paper tapes – Packing the goods with plastic tapes is no longer considered ethical. Adopt paper tapes printed with organic colours, applied with organic adhesive made from natural and synthetic rubber, and a non-toxic, biodegradable cellophane backing which means it can safely go straight to the compost heap. It is also available in the water-activated option. Using fully-recycled taping will be a right foot ahead in this new brown packing culture.
If finding eco-friendly packing solutions is tough for you then here are some quick tricks to master. Find inks that come from organic sources like soy inks instead of petroleum-based ones; they’re the most renewable resource. Search for the right packaging goods and present a proven, assured certification for your eco-friendly packaging. This will make the consumers less guilty for ordering goods more often and it will also level up your brand with ethical alliances. On the other hand, encouraging eco-friendly packaging and enjoying brown bag delivery culture is the most important notion to promote towards the receiving end – your consumers. With a conscious mind and much-appreciated organic shipments, with packing or merchandising escorted by a solid purpose, you will be able to take a stand from your end to help and support environmental causes. Kora cotton and canvas bags, pouches, string bags, and backpacks should be the priority when you’re shopping locally, and when ordering something online, don’t be hasty. Make decisions with your conscience for a better world, a better future.