Packaging And The Environment

As a supplier of protective packaging and packing equipment, we value the importance of taking responsibility for sustainable packaging practices. Packaging and the environment no longer need to be separate issues. We believe that this responsibility should be passed all the way through the chain as well. So from production and supply, to distribution and the end-user. The negative impact of fly-tipping and overflowing landfill sites is still an issue. Promoting your commitment to environmentally-friendly practices is beneficial in many ways. We’ve summarised some of the key points for packaging below.


How Can Packaging Contribute To Sustainability?

Packaging should be effective at protecting the product(s) in question and safe throughout its lifecycle. A huge element of this is choosing the most suitable packaging option for the particular goods. For instance, you must carefully consider what level of protection they actually require. Then consider which materials are the best option. If you are experiencing issues with packaging breaking, or damaged goods, it’s time for a review. As we see it, the tree key areas to increase sustainability are Reusing, Recycling and Reducing. Read on to find our how we can help.


Choose Reusable Packaging, And Help The Environment

Before considering any form of disposal, the first step should always be to reuse your packaging. If the packaging is good quality, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t have a long life. Why not ask your customers if they mind the products being delivered to them in reused packaging. We’re sure you’ll find that they appreciate the environmental consciousness over new packaging every time.


Be Clear On What You Can Recycle. It will Benefit You And The Environment!

Optimising your recycling habits is good for both the planet and your local community. When you get to the point where reusing packaging is no longer possible, ask yourself one question. ‘Can I recycle this?’ Materials such as paper and cardboard should always be recycled rather. never throw it away! By recycling it, you are reducing the amount of pollution created when new materials are produced. Often these are not the only materials you can recycle. Why not check with your waste management company for a full list of recyclable items.


Cut Down On Packaging Waste

Are you finding there’s a lot of excess packaging when goods are unpacked? This could be caused by using ineffective packaging materials. You could be using more packaging than you need to protect your products. Also, approach this situation from your customer’s point of view. What are they going to do with excess packaging to dispose of? Re-evaluating your packaging is the answer here. You should consider ways to use as little as possible, without compromising the security of the load. For example, it may be possible for an order to be shrink wrapped on a pallet instead of placed in individual boxes.


What Is The Impact Of Sustainable Packaging?

Overall, adopting these practices can have significant cost savings, particularly on waste disposal. You could even pass this saving on to your customers. By cutting down on the amount of excess packaging it’s a win-win for both parties. Most importantly, it will have significant environmental benefits. For example, reducing energy consumption. The risk of pollution and reducing the number of harmful gases being produced on landfill sites is another benefit.




Packaging doesn’t need to be a headache, and at Springpack we can ensure you find exactly what you’re looking for. Call us today on 01905 457 000 to discuss how we can help your packaging and the environment, or e-mail [email protected]. Don’t forget to take a look at our YouTube channel for more information on the products we recommend!

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