The demand for eco-friendly product packaging has grown throughout the years. Aside from the clamour of consumers, Australian standards and legalities dictate more sustainable packaging given the environmental situation (and awareness of it) throughout the world.

Eco-friendly packaging isn’t just a fad. It’s a conscious effort made by companies to reduce carbon footprints, comply with regulations, save money and appeal to like-minded consumers. Here are some quick tips for new entrepreneurs and online sellers.

1. Find the right supplies.

For purchasing managers of large enterprises, choosing the right packaging supplies is top priority when transitioning to eco-friendly product packaging processes. For starters, replace common packaging tapes and boxes with water-activated tapes and PCW (post-consumer waste) corrugated boxes. Meanwhile, plastic supplies can be replaced with bioplastics that are made from renewable materials such as starches, cellulose and bio-polymers. Find a packaging supplier that can provide your eco-friendly packaging needs.

2. Overhaul your product packaging.

Rethink everything you need to know about product packaging. Find better, more efficient ways and designs to protect your products during transport, storage and display. Ever considered organic, hand-made packaging for boutique and creative products? Tried customising cardboard boxes into unique forms that still protect your product but with less materials overall? Get creative with your packaging design.

3. Talk to your courier/logistics partner.

Approach your warehouse manager or courier/logistics partner about reusing some transport packaging elements for your products. Use high-quality materials such as furniture felts, sturdy pallets, thick and reusable pallet covers and many more. With your partners clued in and ready to help you with your initiative, going eco-friendly can be much easier.

4. Make your product packaging sleeker.

Often, there are lots of empty, unused spaces on product packaging designs that can increase costs and affect your carbon footprint. Try to ship and package your products in bulk. Use sleeker, appropriately-sized packaging materials by getting the right measurements out of your products. Look into custom-sized packaging for your products as well.

5. Let your customers know about your initiative.

Consumers can help you reach your environmental goals. Let them know about your initiatives and how they can play their part in it. Ask them to recycle and reuse your product packaging for various purposes. If you’re running a small-scale enterprise near your customers, talk to them about returning the packaging instead of throwing them out.

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