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Eco-Friendly Packaging for the Retail Industry

Eco-Friendly Packaging for the Retail Industry - PackQueen

Reduce your business’s environmental impact with eco-friendly packaging strategies. Learn how retailers of all sizes can implement sustainable packaging, from material choices to minimalist designs. Discover cost-effective ways to be green with recyclable, compostable and waste-free packaging.

It's an awful feeling when our excitement about a parcel arriving turns into dread as we survey the non-recyclable packaging we now have to throw in the bin. Even if we can salvage some bits here and there that can be reused (perhaps the box could be useful for something?), ultimately, the rest gets sent to landfill.

Cardboard box with please recycle logo ontop

The Role of Sustainability in Customer Satisfaction

As a customer, it's frustrating. None of us enjoy unravelling an item from layers and layers of single-use plastic, even if we begrudgingly acknowledge that it's arrived in excellent condition.

There's really no excuse for packaging your products this way.

In today's world, there are alternative, sustainable, solutions that the retail industry could be using to:

  1. Support their green goals.
  2. Reduce their carbon footprint.
  3. Protect the environment.
  4. Demonstrate care to their customers.
  5. Deliver a better experience.

So, to enhance your brand's perception and have individuals eager to shop with you again (rather than be wary about your ethics), start paying attention to the packaging you use.

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What Packaging is Environmentally-Friendly?

For the majority of business decision-making, your purchases will come down to cost, convenience, and availability.

In the past, plastic was one of the only packaging options available to you, so you might have settled into a routine with your supplier. This needs to change.

There are so many different sustainable packaging solutions out there that would work perfectly for you and your unique range of products.

1. Cardboard Boxes

Available in all sorts of shapes and sizes, cardboard boxes are a cost-effective, accessible, secure, and environmentally-friendly packaging option for your products. They can be recycled but, if they do end up in landfill, they will break down over time.

2. Paperboard Boxes

Slightly different to cardboard, paperboard is another packaging solution that you can use to fulfil your environmental responsibility. It's thicker than its counterpart and is one of the most sustainable materials available today, as a low-carbon, non-fossil based alternative to plastic.

3. Gift Boxes

When was the last time you threw away a gift bag or a gift box? Never, right? When products are packaged in a beautiful way, the materials can be reused over and over again getting passed onto person after person.

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint as a Retailer

As you can see, there are plenty of versatile and sustainable packaging solutions that can be adopted by your business.

If you really can't find a bag or box that's the perfect size for your product, you can either order custom-made ones from Packqueen or use equally environmentally-friendly materials to fill the extra space.

We suggest that all retailers should keep these packing supplies to hand

  1. Kraft Mailer Bags
  2. Brown Paper
  3. Shredded Kraft Paper
  4. Tissue Paper
  5. Hex Wrap

Then, between your sustainable product packaging and the filler you use, you'll soon be able to improve your carbon footprint and deliver a stronger customer buying experience.

The Best Eco-Friendly Retail Packaging Supplier

Whether you're packaging food for a long journey across the country or another equally fragile item, you have to remember this

Green doesn't automatically mean unsafe.

At PackQueen, it's our mission to sell sustainable product packaging that will protect your valuable products on their journey, ensuring they arrive safely and in one piece.

Through us, you really can have the best of both worlds. Browse our range today or contact us to learn more.

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