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It has become, more than ever, essential to use environmentally friendly packaging as the world is facing drastic changes in climate and environment. The eco-friendly boxes and packaging techniques can quickly bring a measurable amount of change in the world. Therefore, we combined a list of some of the most environmentally healthy techniques and materials that can be used to create packages or can be used inside packages for product safety. Some of the best ones are given as follows:
The Packaging Peanuts
Due to tremendous changes in the environment, several countries are reinstating the ban on the use of Styrofoam. Styrofoam was mostly used in takeaway cargos or loose-fill packages for safety. However, the ban and an urgent need for new material for the environment welcoming package, peanuts made their way in.
The packaging peanuts are replacing Styrofoam in fragile product boxes. These are the closest thing that acts as Styrofoam to prevent any damage. Moreover, the two key benefits of using biodegradable peanuts are the inexpensiveness and non-polluting characteristics.
Bubble Wraps (Corrugated)
Everyone is familiar with the concept of using bubble wraps in the packaging for the safety of the product. However, using the plastic bubble wraps has always been a hindrance for the environment. It is very important to put the ecosystem before the use of pollutants as plastics. Modern problems need modern solutions, true. However, the use of corrugated bubble wraps was done way before the introduction of plastics. Revitalizing the use of these corrugated sheets by upcycling them through making small cuts in them to act as shock absorbers can be beneficial for the environment. The only disadvantage is that you won’t get the utmost satisfaction of popping out the bubbles anymore!
An organic material, cornstarch, has tremendously brought change to the eco-friendly packaging businesses. It is derived from the plants of corn or maize, but it has plastic-like properties. Therefore, these can be used in different contexts that were before, relied upon plastics. These can be molded into boxes, bottles, cartons, and many additional uses to make the environment much more sustainable. However, the only downside to using this as a packaging ingredient is the increase in demand that will further increase the price of this effective human diet. However, it is a perfect substitute for lethal packaging style using the plastics.
Another cheaper and friendlier packaging material that is generally used to support the carriage and packing of smaller and lightweight items is the use of mushrooms. It is unimaginable by a commoner to think of mushrooms as packaging material; however, it is true. The agricultural waste is mixed with the matrix of mushroom root that gives birth to this innovative packaging style. This newly produced raw material known as mycelium can be molded in different shapes and sizes that are used as harmless packages for lightweight products. Moreover, the key benefit of using it as a box for products is that it also biodegrades at a fast pace. It is easily broken down into organic matter that is non-toxic.
Seaweeds as Packages
After corns and mushrooms, we have seaweeds as packages acting as one of the most eco-friendly ideas of packaging. The substance agar is generally found in many seaweeds and algae, and it is used in various food departments as a thickener. However, an innovative team consisting of designers has used it as a prototype in the packaging box. It is not currently in large access to the executives, but it will surely be a key element used for an environment loving packaging in the future.
It is very important to consider recyclable material used in the packaging of various products. The cardboards and papers that can be recycled are available in excess. Therefore, it is one of the most cost-effective ways to use them as new boxes and packages. Shredding used cardboards and papers to manufacture new ones will always be helpful to minimize costs and to maximize a healthy environment.
The impact of plastic bags has always been a problem for the eco-system. The highest amount of businesses use plastic bags that end up as the largest source of pollutants. Different types of organic fabrics like hemp are now available in the market to be used as bags. Other organic components include palm leaves, cotton, and tapioca. These materials can be used as substitutes of plastics as they biodegrade in about 100 days that is much better than plastics that take tens of thousands of years
The eco-friendly shipping boxes contain products that are packed in plastics and other materials. One of the best ways to pack these products, minimizing the adverse effects on climate, is by using biodegradable plastics. These innovative materials are, however, expensive to manufacture, but it is very beneficial regarding the environment.
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