Eco-Friendly Packaging Solutions Businesses Can Use

The environmental impact of packaging has become a top concern for most businesses around the globe. Here are a few reasons why is that so.

  • More than 88% of consumers want to purchase from brands committing to the sustainability cause.
  • About 80% of consumers feel that a brand must be more sustainable.
  • Many consumers want to pay more for products with a lesser environmental impact.

Using eco-friendly practices can increase the likelihood of your brand’s success. That is true for brands operating in all industries that deal with the shipping of goods to consumers, retailers, or distribution centers.

While a majority of businesses have done well to go green by employing greener business and manufacturing operations, many of them struggle with the incorporation of greener packaging practices. That is why the amount of non-eco-friendly packaging waste continues to become more immense every year.

In this article, we will discuss ways to use eco-friendly packaging solutions.

Cardboard: the ultimate green packaging option

Many consumers now demand authorities to slap heavy fines on companies failing to use eco-friendly packaging solutions. The most straightforward solution to this problem is the use of cardboard, which is by far one of the eco-friendliest packaging materials used in the global supply chain.

Apart from its reduced impact on the environment, cardboard is a highly versatile material that benefits brands at every level of the supply chain. This material is even kinder to the environment when composed of the correct type of materials. That is why it tends to do lesser damage compared to other packaging materials when disposed of in landfills. The best thing about cardboard is that it remains green from its material sourcing to its manufacturing to its use to its disposal.

Water-based ink

The use of toxin-based ink makes cardboard unfit for recycling. Such cardboard boxes tend to be detrimental to the environment when they biodegrade. Toxins in inks can contribute to greenhouse emissions, which can contaminate the environment.

The use of such ink makes branded packaging nothing less than a culprit for environmental pollution. But, we now have water-based inks that do not impact the environment. That means you can go ahead with branded cardboard boxes and not have any concern about their environmental impact.

Bioplastics

Sometimes, you may not have any option other than using plastics for product packaging. But then, the impact of plastics on the planet is not something to overlook. That is where you can consider using bioplastics, which allow you to keep the environment safe. These plastics tend to biodegrade in normal conditions. Although their rate biodegradability rate is not as quick as cardboard, they still do better than plastics.

Optimizing product packaging

Optimizing product packaging refers to the process of using only required packaging materials. You can imagine how poor the user experience tends to be when the actual product is too small for its packaging. Trimming down the packaging materials to only what’s required will not only help reduce the environmental impact but also help reduce costs.

What Are The Benefits Of Automatic Carton Erectors and Sealers?

While implementing a packaging strategy, you will be more focused on increasing your productivity and efficiency. That’s where you may have to consider using a carton erector. These machines seal and form corrugated boxes. After you pack your products in the boxes, these erectors seal those boxes too. Since these machines tend to eliminate manual product packaging inside corrugated cartons, they are ideal for operations that require large numbers of cartons erected in a short time.

Improved speed

You may look at your packaging line and look at the employees working on it. Even the most energized and motivated employee could erect only a few cartons per minute. A carton erector, on the other hand, speeds up the process significantly, and that too in an error-free way. Using these machines allows you to use your manpower for something more productive than packaging.

If you are not willing to deploy a fully automatic carton erector, you can consider going for a semi-automatic option. It will also significantly reduce the amount of labor required for a carton packing. A typical semi-automatic carton sealer requires only one operator. Such a machine can help erect 15 cartons per minute.

A more efficient packaging line

If you have to deal with larger volumes, you can consider using a fully-automatic machine rather than a semi-automatic one. It will improve efficiency while reducing labor costs.

In addition to flexibility, speed, and quality, fully automatic carton erectors also provide several integrations and upgrade options. You can choose from several configurations, depending on your packaging line’s requirements. The purpose of these configurations is to help you increase efficiency and reduce costs.

Integration with other equipment

You can use a carton erector with other equipment to get the most out of your automated packaging line. By combining different machines, you can speed up your line. A well-thought-out configuration can help you create a fully automated procedure.

You can use case sealers with carton erectors to speed up the packaging process. These case sealers are available in semi- and full-automatic options. The much-needed automation brought by these sealers can benefit your bottom line quite significantly. The purpose of a case sealer is to improve speed without sacrificing uniformity. It also helps reduce costs related to operations and labor. These sealers ensure there is no wastage of tape or glue.

You can also use a carton erector with a tray former when you have to use corrugated trays. A tray former increases the speed of tray formation quite significantly. With the help of a tray former, you can reduce the process of tray formation to the adjustment of settings and watch the machine run the magic. Tray-forming heads used in these machines are adjustable, meaning you are in total control of the procedure. You can change tray styles and sizes according to your requirements.

Using a carton erector with other equipment can bring much-needed efficiency to your packaging line. While buying these machines may require you to pay some money upfront, you won’t regret your decision afterward.