60% of customers today are interested in adopting more environmentally friendly shopping habits. They are choosing more sustainably-minded brands and companies that are willing to choose green packaging solutions with their brand. To remain competitive in the market, companies are now required to apply sustainable packaging materials to their established products. The infographic below, created by Bagitan Packaging Company, introduces some of the top ways to use inventive sustainable packaging with your brand.
Minimalist colors and designs
Many brands are now using minimalist colors and designs on their packaging. This allows for less ink and dye to be used, which reduces the environmental impact of the packaging. Some companies are even using 3d printing methods and in-house stamps to produce a more unique look for their products.
Mono material packaging
Mono material packaging is another popular sustainable packaging trend. This type of packaging uses only one type of material throughout the product. This helps to reduce waste and makes the product more recyclable. Mono material packaging is ultra recyclable because it doesn’t require processing at multiple facilities. Manufacturers of this type of packaging introduce specialty lamination and treatment methods to ensure a proper seal and level of waterproofing for the product.
Edible packaging materials
Edible packaging has become a growing trend in the sustainable packaging industry. Many brands are now using edible packaging materials made from plant-based materials such as seaweed and paper. These materials are safe to consume and biodegradable, making them a more environmentally friendly option. Edible packaging has continued to grow and it is one of the best solutions for the food service industry. Not only can this packaging type be introduced with food safe coatings, but the packaging can also be consumable and digestable.
Bioplastic use is on the rise as this sustainable packaging option is made from renewable resources such as corn starch and vegetable oils. This type of plastic is also biodegradable, making it a more environmentally-friendly choice. Plastic can now be produced using sugar cane, corn, and other natural materials making a green package that is great for the environment!
Seed embedded biodegradable packaging
Biodegradable materials have been around for some time but there are some companies introducing this packaging with a twist. By embedding small seeds into the packaging design a plant can grow in place of the packaging when it is discarded. This can be a popular choice to encourage composting and reduce waste.
Another top sustainable packaging idea is to use reusable packaging materials. This includes using containers made of components designed to last and be returned to the company. This type of packaging is excellent for companies that distribute their products through a supply chain or to retailers. It eliminates waste and ultimately saves the company money.
This type of package design is highly resilient and designed in a 3 layer solution for added durability. The materials in this type of packaging are commonly recycled and can be repurposed for other applications. It can also be quite easy to use environmentally friendly inks to generate a design that is both attractive and sustainable.
Wrapping It Up
These are some of the top sustainable packaging ideas for 2022. As more companies adopt these methods, it is likely that we will see even more innovative and sustainable packaging solutions in the years to come.
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