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What is sustainable packaging?

What is sustainable packaging?

Sustainable packaging is packaging that is better for the environment and earth friendly. You can determine how sustainable your packaging is by looking at the life cycle; how is the packaging created, used, and disposed of at the end of its life. Many sustainable materials optimise the use of renewable or recycled source materials that are healthy, and at the end of its primary use, it can be recycled or reused again for something else so that the life cycle continues.


Over the years consumers have become increasingly aware of sustainability and the need for businesses to be operating without impacting the environment negatively. According to a *two-sided survey, 8 out of 10 customers want more sustainable packaging, with 78% of consumers believing that larger companies should be doing more to promote sustainable packaging. Now is the time to become part of the solution to the environmental crisis, cut down on emission and waste, and contribute to cultivating a better planet.


You have probably already seen symbols on packaging that can help you to determine whether they are sustainable. Here are a few symbols that you should look out for:


How do I make my e-commerce packaging more sustainable?


As many companies are moving away from plastic packaging in a bid to become more sustainable, swap out plastic for paper and corrugated packaging, for the ultimate off the shelf sustainable solution.


A great place to start is with your packaging. Sustainable packaging is packaging that reduces your environmental footprint and impact, which results in improved sustainability. You can determine how sustainable your packaging is by looking at its life cycle; how is the packaging created, used, and disposed of at the end of its life.


One of the quickest ways to make your packaging more sustainable is by swapping plastic for paper, as it is a universal and widely recyclable material. With next day delivery and quick turnaround overprinting services, our top off-the-shelf recommended products include Eco Cushions, Paper Mailing Bags, Paper Documents Enclosed and our Kraft Ultra Secure Boxes.

What does a sustainable Unboxing experience look like?


Whether you shop online or in-store, our in-house Blake Made team of packaging experts work with sustainably focused retailers to provide environmentally conscious, custom e-commerce and retail packaging solutions. You can create the perfect unboxing experience; from using presentation packaging to creating the final little touches with bespoke paper tape, eco-friendly stickers, and tissue paper for that extra touch.


You can choose from a range of different packaging shapes, sizes and designed that will help you to reduce excess waste with our postal boxes, outer packaging solutions and presentation boxes. We also offer bespoke paper bags that is a more sustainable solution to the plastic alternative.



What does sustainable packaging look like in the future?


Materials are always evolving, creating new and innovative packaging to become more sustainable and have a better impact on the environment. The future of materials is going to be bio-based, biodegradable, recyclable, reusable for the next generation of safe and efficient materials. Materials have already begun to replace plastic and other single use materials, which will continue to become even more scarce in the future as the revolution of sustainable e-commerce, retail and luxury packaging will develop even further.


Here at Blake, we pride ourselves on being a truly sustainable business. We offer truly sustainable packaging products, which can minimize our impact on the world and encourages other companies to become more of a sustainable business themselves.


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