Eco-friendly Packaging

Top 5 eco-friendly packaging trends

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With the world becoming more eco conscious day by day, eco-friendly packaging is no longer optional for brands across the globe. It’s a must.

With the world becoming more eco conscious day by day, eco-friendly packaging is no longer optional for brands across the globe. It’s a must. 88% of consumers want brands to help them become more environmentally friendly - and packaging plays a huge part in this.

Eco-friendly packaging is certainly becoming a key priority for many businesses and as this is taking place, new trends are emerging into the packaging world. Let’s take a look at the top 5 trends in eco-friendly packaging.

1. Optimising packaging design

Many packaging companies (like us) are finding ways to reduce unnecessary packaging materials. This includes getting rid of extra boxes, layers or ties, while making sure the protection of your packaging doesn’t take a hit. We can’t think of anything worse than a tiny product packed in a huge box, especially when surrounded by wasted void fill. While minimising packaging seems a fairly obvious option to become a more eco-friendly business, it’s definitely a trend on the rise.

At Swiftpak, our close attention to detail means we can effectively reduce packaging waste for our clients – helping them to become an eco-friendly business!


2. Recyclable materials

It seems like brands are competing to see who can maximise the percentage of recyclable materials used in their packaging. Cardboard, paper, recyclable plastic, corn starch and many more recyclable materials will continue to become popular for packaging around the world.

Some of our most popular recyclable packaging products include:

Some of our newest green products:

  • Paper machine tape
  • Bio based machine stretch wrap

These products are so new, they are not yet on the website. For more information, please contact us.


3. Bioplastics

What are bioplastics? Bioplastics are plastics delivered from renewable biomass recourses, such as corn starch, vegetable fats and oils, woodchips, etc. Bioplastics can also be made from used plastic bottles and other containers.

Although there are still large barriers to overcome for bioplastics, like the number of facilities equipped to process these materials. It is an exciting sector in sustainable packaging that continues to grow.


Swiftpak has released a new bio-based stretch film! Contact us for more details.

4. Lightweight packaging

Lightweight packaging is gaining momentum and has its clear benefits: reduced material, lower manufacturing costs, smaller environmental impacts from transportation and an overall reduced carbon footprint. With innovative packaging materials, Swiftpak can effectively reduce the weight of packaging while keeping the protection of the product at heart.


5. Clear labelling

Labelling? What has that got to do with eco-friendly packaging? A lot more than you may think. Customers need to see clear labelling on the outside of the box. If not, how do they know how to recycle or dispose of the package appropriately?

Clear labelling doesn’t only help inform consumers on how to recycle packaging correctly, it helps them to make informed decisions on which packaging products to buy and which to avoid. Given that people are moving towards a more eco conscious mindset, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that a customer will appreciate clear recycling instructions.

Eco-friendly packaging will continue to grow. As companies like us continue to develop eco-friendly packaging, we’ll see new innovations in packaging materials and more sustainable supply chains.

If you’d like to find out more about how Swiftpak could make your packaging eco-friendly, contact us today and speak to one of our packaging experts.