The road to plastic-free packaging

The road to plastic-free packaging

As we move into the new decade, one of the most prominent conversations we are having is that of sustainability. Businesses are becoming more conscious of the environment on many levels, especially when it comes to packaging. But how can they produce ethical and eco-friendly packaging while keeping costs under control? We will examine some perfectly attainable options available that can reduce the use of plastic and be cost efficient. Don’t despair, you can save a few bucks while also saving a few ducks!

Plastic rose to prominence as a sturdier alternative to glass in the latter half of the 20th century. Its lightweight composition and resistance to breaking when dropped allowed it to become one of the most common packaging materials for a plethora of industries. However, plastic also has its disadvantages, as it doesn’t biodegrade quickly and eventually clogs landfills, oceans and animal habitats. Companies worldwide are moving to more sustainable packaging, such as paper, sugar-cane, and other alternatives.

Convert to paperboard packaging

Just to refresh your memory, paperboard is a thick paper-based material. This makes it ideal for protecting your products as it’s readily available in various thicknesses. However, for the purpose of this conversation, its most important feature is its biodegradability. Known to degrade quicker than plastic, it’s also a cost-effective option for your packaging.

Our team of procurement experts at Netpak can help source paperboards at an effective cost that fit right into your packaging standards, including recyclable boards. Learn more about the paperboards offered here.

Use biomaterials

We’ve all heard the expression “you are what you eat”. But did you ever think that what you eat can also be used as packaging material? Plant- and food-based materials are making headlines as cheap and degradable substitutes to plastic packaging. Some of the ones that are growing in popularity include sugarcane boards or boards made of tapioca root and cornstarch.

It doesn’t have to be a gruelling process to find an alternative to plastic-free packaging. It’s a small step for a business, but a giant leap for the environment. So, get on board with paperboard!

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