Since the era of online selling and purchasing of goods, we all are in search of pretty unique and aesthetic packaging solutions that not only enhance the look of your products but also do not increase the unnecessary shipping charges. When we consign these orders we need to keep in mind how one can safeguard its product from the natural wear and tear of transportation, keeping the customers happy.
Traditional packaging methods like plastic packaging left a huge impact on the environment; they were not biodegradable and if consumed by animals they blocked their food pipes and arteries, causing unnatural deaths. When thrown carelessly they block the drainage system, causing a lot more trouble than estimated. Alternatives to plastic packaging have to be found, as in the era of exponential increase in global warming we cannot afford another life-threatening problem to take care of. Some of the alternatives to plastic packaging would be printed cotton bags, paper packaging, using less thick cardboard for packaging, and using kraft mailer boxes.
Bio Poly Mailers
They are made of natural resins and are biodegradable and environment-friendly, thus acting as perfect plastic alternatives. Generally referred to as custom jiffy bags they are lightweight and translucent. Many companies have been recently shifting to these affordable packaging solutions, one of the best features of these bags is that they provide easy storage and decrease the weight of the package by 25%.
Printed Cotton Bags
The most common alternative to plastic is printed cotton bags which were the first found alternatives. They provide lightweight packaging, aesthetic design, reusability, eco friendly. They too have some drawbacks they are not very effective when it comes to eco-friendly packaging of delicate items, as they cannot protect the products from the natural wear and tear of transportation, thus do not provide safe packaging, but this can be prevented using void fillers, or stitching a bag with foam in it, to make the bag shock resilient. Also cultivating cotton requires a lot of water, which also needs to conserve lately as there has been an exponential decrease in consumable water, solution to this is another fabric named Tencel, a natural fabric produced in Austria made from beechwood trees. It requires 95% less water for its cultivation as compared to water and Tencel is not only a packaging solution for cotton but recently Tencel clothing has seen a likeability in the market. Its products are more sustainable than cotton clothes.
Kraft Mailer Bags
Paper bags or brown bags are the perfect packaging solution for lightweight products, no more high shipping charges, cute aesthetic packaging, that can be reused as gift wrappers, popcorn cooking bags, origami crafts, void fillers in another packaging, and fruit ripe openers.
There is pretty cool sustainable packaging out there in the market, one should take into account the nearby unique packaging solutions. To reduce the weight of packaging one should never go for heavily weighted cardboard boxes until and unless it becomes mandatory to use them.