The increasing concern about the environment among the consumers and the industries is the main reason for the sustainable packaging market’s growth. As most of our waste ends in a landfill, so a growing number of companies are taking the initiative for green packaging. They are working to find ways to cut short the waste by producing eco-friendly boxes. Sustainable packaging includes the use of resources and processes which reduce carbon footprints on the environment. Recycled boxes are in need of time. If we utilize the resources properly, we can give them a better quality of life. It’s the reason that most of the leading companies are trying to produce packaging, which is 100% reusable, recyclable, and compostable. Here we are going to discuss some of the well-known ones:
Puma is the world’s first company to start an initiative on environmental impact. Sustainability is its key practice. Instead of traditionally designed custom printed boxes, its clever little bag packaging has reduced cardboard to 65%. It is free from assembling and saves 8500 tons of paper, 20 million megajoules of electric power, 1 million liters of water, and 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide gas. According to Puma’s financial report of 2017, the company has achieved remarkable milestones by using sustainable packaging. 99% of its products target zero discharge of toxic chemicals. By designing such custom cardboard boxes with a clever little bag, the company can save 60% more paper and water than traditional practices.
The Lego Group is the leading plastic toy manufacturing company. Their untiring efforts to help out the environment are worth considering. They care for waste management, intending to provide the same benefits to future generations as we do. The company has started an initiative to replace single-use disposable plastic with sustainably sourced biodegradable material. Its printed packaging boxes are made from 100% recyclable paperboard certified by FSC, i.e., Forest Stewardship Council. Recyclable paper-pulp trays have replaced plastic trays inside the custom boxes. LEGO has saved packaging material and logistics by reducing its box size by 14%. Moreover, the company has made a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) to reduce carbon emissions in its manufacturing and supply chain.
KFC is the second largest food chain operating more than 43,000 outlets in 123 different countries worldwide. It has committed that plastic-based consumer packaging will be recoverable and reusable by 2025. The company has started efforts to control environmental footprints by reducing its water and energy consumption. Managing operational waste is another big target. It has started using 100% Natural Kraft packaging for all of its retail products. More than 98.8% of KFC’s packaging certifies the responsibly sourced criteria. Besides drinks and desserts, most of its packing products, both takeaways, and in-house consumptions, are entirely paper-based. It has also started using dining ware from sugar and bamboo rather than using petroleum-based material.
Dell is one of the biggest technology solution providers, which ships about 8.4 units of computers and peripheral devices per second. Therefore, it has become the need of the company to design efficient packaging and shipping process. Dell focuses on reducing the use of material and packaging waste. It has also worked on the size of its custom packaging boxes. All of its material qualifies for recyclability. The company started sustainable initiatives by replacing polyurethane foam with bamboo cushioning. For the shipping of delicate gadgets, specially designed corrugated boxes are used having compostable mushroom cushions. By working on all these alternatives, Dell has saved a huge amount of its non-hazardous waste from going into landfills.
Apple is a multinational company. It’s a torchbearer in terms of innovative technology. They have revolutionized their packaging while moving from iPhone 6s to 7. This resulted in an 84% decrease in the use of plastic. The brand’s main aim is to eliminate toxins at every stage, i.e., from design to development, until it reaches out to the end-user. Apple’s green initiative includes the use of eco-friendly boxes to package its products. It takes complete responsibility for the energy used in shipping and recycling its products. The Kraft boxes used for packaging of iMac Pro contains 78% less plastic and 85% recyclable content. The company replaced polystyrene padding with fully recycled paper padding, especially in the case of custom shipping boxes. It provides the necessary tools and assistance to its suppliers for effective waste management. Moreover, in the last few years, it has joined hands with WWF for responsible forest management.