5 Uses for Eco Friendly Packaging

A topic that is gaining much coverage in the media at the moment is that of climate control and the steps that countries all over the globe must take if we are to reduce the effect that humans are having on the planet and help to take steps towards greater sustainability in the future. COP26 has seen leaders from all over the globe gathering in Glasgow in order to attempt to put some measures in place that will take steps to help us lower our carbon footprint over the course of a number of years. 

You may not really have considered how much plastic packaging we use each day in the home, but it is a shockingly high amount. From the bag that keeps your cereal fresh inside the box to the packaging on your fruit and vegetables, the bottles of toiletries you use to the plastic wrap around your toilet rolls – plastic is everywhere in our lives, and much of this plastic that is used in our packaging is not recyclable. In recent years, food manufacturers and supermarkets have been taking steps to reduce the plastic, with multipacks now coming in a cardboard sleeve rather than a plastic one, and ready meals using trays that are in fact compostable. Here, we asked TrakRap, sustainable packaging experts, what are the top 5 uses for eco-friendly packaging.

Chilled food packaging

With today’s hectic schedules the demand for chilled foods has never been higher. Ready meals, dairy products, and cooked meats have all improved over the years not only in quality but also variety and this means that the need for packaging in this sector is high as well. The convenience of a ready meal that can simply be stuck in the oven, or microwave, at the end of the day with little to no washing up has given busy people back some of their time. Now manufacturers are rightly looking at ways of reducing the plastics they use in this type of packaging. Ready meals trays that are made of compostable materials are hitting the shelves and having a huge impact in reducing the carbon footprint. 

Frozen food

In keeping with busy family life, frozen foods form a large part of any family weekly shopping bill. They often contain good quality food that is conveniently already prepared and ready for heating up. Much of this food comes in plastic packaging and the market is a highly competitive one. It is certainly an area where eco-friendly packaging can make a company stand out from their competitors as people look to do their bit for the environment. 

Health and beauty products

More and more companies are producing refills for their products; these use less plastic than say the bottle you might originally buy the product in. Not only are refills better for the environment but they are also a little cheaper for companies to produce; a saving they are happy to pass on to consumers in order to do their bit for the environment. 

Laundry and household cleaning

Another sector that uses huge amounts of packaging that is not particularly environmentally friendly, there are plenty of companies now producing refills for some of their products where appropriate. Where this is not possible due to the chemical nature of a product, companies can still look at the ways in which they package their wares for shipping to the retail industry – this is an area they can certainly consider using a more environmentally friendly solution that uses less plastic. 

Alcoholic beverages

Finally, the majority of alcoholic beverages are packaged in cans or bottles. However, they are often shrink wrapped for shipping – this makes them less likely to topple in transit and spoil. This is a great way in which companies can look at the use of eco-friendly packaging to help reduce their impact on the environment.

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