6 green packaging alternatives for sustainable business

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With COVID-19 affecting many businesses worldwide, it’s easy for those involved to forget about their sustainability goals.

However, green packaging is a trend here to stay, it’s in our new normal of packaging beyond COVID-19 and shouldn’t be forgotten.

Yes, sustainability may have taken a back seat as hygiene concerns increase. But businesses should continue to take action against their environmental impact with the introduction of green packaging solutions. Effective green packaging solutions can help:

  • Decrease their carbon footprint
  • Reduce packaging waste
  • Increase sales
  • Strengthen brand trust by showing CSR (corporate social responsibility)

Not only does the use of green packaging tackle problems being underlined within our environment, but can help businesses meet growing consumer demands. In short, green packaging solutions must be in place for a sustainable business.

In this article, we highlight green packaging alternatives to help your business meet its environmental packaging responsibilities.

Paper void fill

If your business currently uses loosefill or plastic airbags to protect the contents of your package, try using paper void fill for an eco-friendly alternative. It’s 100% biodegradable – a lot less harmful for our environment!

There are several types of paper void fill available to ensure protection during transit, and the one best suited to your business depends on your packaging requirements. For instance, if you’re looking for a high-speed solution that will keep up with busy packaging environments, the Paperplus Track machine is perfect for you. On the other hand, the Papertech chevron machine produces void fill in the shape of paper tubes that offer outstanding shock absorption for maximum protection.

For more information on paper void fill, take a look at our detailed guide on how to get the most from your paper void fill.

Biodegradable foam chips

If you use loosefill, try another great alternative to polystyrene foam chips. Biodegradable foam chips are manufactured from renewable resources, are 100% biodegradable and fully compostable too. Not only do biodegradable foam chips offer eco-friendly benefits, this void fill is light, clean, odour free and 5 times more antistatic than polystyrene chips. How’s that for an effective, eco-friendly void fill solution?

Paper embossed rolls

Although bubble wrap offers cheap damage protection for your goods during transit, are you aware of paper embossed rolls? If not, you’re missing out. Paper embossed rolls offer similar protection to bubble wrap, is 100% recyclable, biodegradable, and cost-effective in many situations. If you’re looking for a green packaging alternative to bubble wrap, paper embossed rolls are for you.

Reinforced self-adhesive paper machine tape

Does your business use machine tape frequently? If so, is an eco-friendly taping solution being used? Reinforced self-adhesive paper machine tape offers the best of both worlds. It’s stronger than conventional machine tapes and helps protect the environment too! It’s also compatible with all taping machines and unlike gummed paper tape, doesn’t require water upon activation. So, for a clean, green, and effective taping solution to ensure your package remains intact during transport, try reinforced self-adhesive paper machine tape. We’re the UK’s first supplier, contact us today for more information.

Paper mailing bags

Fully recyclable Jiffy paper padded bags are a great alternative to polythene mailing bags. Manufactured from high-quality Kraft paper and filled with macerated paper, Jiffy paper mailing bags trap air to help protect the goods inside. 

Biobased machine stretch wrap

Struggling to find an eco-friendly alternative to regular machine stretch wrap? Fortunately for you, we have the solution you’ve been looking for. Our Biobased machine stretch wrap produces a 90% lower carbon footprint than standard machine stretch wrap. Thanks to its micro layer technology, it’s also extremely tear resistant. If this sounds like a green packaging product you’d be interested in, contact us today!

Green packaging solutions from Swiftpak

We recognise the growing demand for green packaging and are constantly looking for new, innovative ways to provide businesses with sustainable packaging solutions. If you’d like to find out how Swiftpak could help substitute your existing packaging for eco-friendly alternatives, speak with an expert at Swiftpak today.