Eco Corner

Environmentally Friendly Packaging Materials for Small Businesses

It’s a different world from what it used to be years ago – commercially and environmentally. More and more consumers, especially those that fall into the millennial generation, are seeking to do business with companies that demonstrate corporate responsibility and embrace sustainability without compromising quality and affordability. In many transactions, the shipping and packaging products may be the first things that customers see of your business. Plus Packaging’s environmentally friendly packaging products can help you make that great first impression. All the while you’ll be carrying out efforts that help support a healthy environment.

Why Are Sustainable Packaging Materials So Important?

An Environmental Standpoint

Green Packaging & Shipping ProductsNever before has society been more aware of the effects of human damage to the ecosystems of the world. From the global water crisis to air pollution and saturated landfills to climate change, consumers are beginning to make a conscious effort to use sustainable materials when practicable. It only makes sense that businesses follow suit. While cost and convenience may still reign as the top factors in a buyer’s decisions about products to purchase, environmental responsibility is becoming increasingly important.

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition offers a comprehensive definition of sustainable packaging – which has been widely adopted by environmentally friendly packaging companies and the packaging industry in general:

  • Beneficial, safe, and healthy for individuals and communities throughout its life cycle
  • Meets market criteria for performance as well as cost
  • Sourced, manufactured, transported, and recycled using renewable energy
  • Optimizes the use of renewable/recycled source materials
  • Manufactured using clean technologies and best practices
  • Made from healthy materials throughout the life cycle
  • Designed to optimize materials and energy
  • Effectively recovered and used in biological or industrial closed loop cycles

An Economical Standpoint

While the positive environmental effects of using sustainable packaging are fairly obvious, more businesses are realizing that as the number of environmentally-conscious consumers grows, so does the demands for sustainable materials and products. In fact, a significant number of consumers across different age groups have stated that they are willing to pay a little extra for products that align with their “green” sensibilities.

As more industries and governments adopt green initiatives, it would only make sense for companies to keep up and adapt so they can remain viable commercially. In meeting our packaging company’s own green initiatives, Plus Packaging proudly offers a line of eco-friendly packaging and shipping products that have helped businesses transition to greener, more sustainable practices while keeping up with consumer demand.

Eco-Friendly Packaging Supplies from a Premier Company

Eco-Friendly Bags for Retail Businesses

Plus Packaging is proud to be an industry leader when it comes to offering and promoting eco-friendly product packaging within our lines of stock and custom products. Any business that packages or ships its product can benefit from these environmentally friendly materials.

Eco-Friendly Packaging for Retailers

From a mall outlet store to a small artisanal shop, retail bags and packaging materials are used for the convenience of customers as well as to display the business’ branding. Plus Packaging has many eco-friendly bag options to choose from. For example, recyclable kraft paper bags decorated with a stamp, foil accents, gift grade tissue paper, and printed ribbons. Or, a non-woven tote bag that can be used time and time again.

Eco-Friendly Packaging for Food Industries

The trend shift towards sustainable packaging has been seen in the restaurant and food industry, as well. Plus Packaging offers popcorn, peanut, and gourmet snack bags, as well as coffee bags and grease resistant gourmet packaging. For places that offer take-out food, Plus Packaging also has take-out bags with wide gussets. Alternatively, a business may choose to use recycled plastic bags that are made from up to 40% recycled material.

Eco-Friendly Packaging for Mail Order Businesses

For businesses or organizations that serve mail order consumers in any capacity, Plus Packaging offers a wide array of mailing envelopes and eco-friendly shipping boxes, including options that are reinforced with nylon for added strength. For an extra layer of security, 100% recyclable and biodegradable crinkle cut paper can be used.

As a dedicated green business, Plus Packaging believes that it is possible to incorporate sustainable packaging and shipping materials into almost any business. Contact us and find out how we can make your transition into a more environmentally conscious world an easy one.