The concept of ‘sustainable packaging’ is undoubtedly a hot trend, with nearly every packaging manufacturer rolling out some products that are ‘environmentally-friendly’. But the big question is just how friendly are these packaging alternatives? When designing ‘green’ packaging it is essential to assess not only the material type and material content, but to keep the complete product lifecycle in mind and consider such things as mode of transport and ease of recyclability. As such, there are a number of guidelines we use when evaluating a packaging design for its environmental impact. It is important for us to balance all of these considerations, in order to provide a packaging design that protects the environment as well as the quality of our customers’ product.
1) Design to reduce packaging material while still protecting products.
Independent studies have shown that molded fiber reduces G forces significantly and dampens vibration more effectively than many packaging alternatives, yet takes up less space. The inherent flexibility of molded pulp offers substantial cushioning qualities and the “geometry” that we incorporate into each design lends strength to each part.
2) Eliminate the use of restricted materials ozone-depleting substances (ODS) in packaging materials.
Since molded pulp is made from recycled newspaper, it does not contain substances that are harmful to the environment.
3) Design packaging components with the consumer in mind.
Molded pulp is easy to disassemble and does not shred like many foam packaging alternatives.
4) Maximize the use of post-consumer recycled content in packaging materials.
Molded fiber is made entirely from recycled paper mixed with water. We add no artificial dyes or additives, making it the most environmentally-friendly molded fiber around.
5) Use readily recyclable packaging materials when possible.
Molded pulp is easily recycled with newspapers in nearly every community recycling program. After the end user is done with our packaging, they can easily “curbside” recycle it into the paper waste stream with no lasting environmental impact.
6) Reduce packaging size and weight to improve transportation fuel efficiency.
Molded fiber’s nesting properties allows many more parts to ship in a container than most competitive materials and also greatly reduces the amount of storage space. Our product is incredibly lightweight, which lessens the cost of shipping and provides a minimal environmental impact. Our designers attempt to create solutions that provide the smallest footprint possible for your packaging while still engineering excellent protective capabilities.