You’ve probably heard of green building, green design, and green power, but how about green packaging? If you haven’t heard about it yet, here’s what green packaging is all about.
Green packaging follows the same general principles as green building, design, and power. Sustainable companies manufacture and deliver products and services to create experiences, while remaining sensitive to environmental issues and achieving greater efficiency and effectiveness in terms of energy and materials.
To jump on the green packaging bandwagon, all you have to do is make green "choices" by following a few golden rules, whether you’re sending large reusable shipping crates overseas or shipping small wooden crates locally.
To ensure that your packaging is always as green as it can be:
Choose efficient designs
Choose packaging designs that typically use less packaging. Less packaging reduces the amount of resources needed for manufacturing and it reduces trash output—making it more eco-friendly. Lean packaging also allows more items to be shipped at once, which helps reduce the carbon footprints left by shipping products via land, air, or sea.
Select biodegrdable materials which break down quickly and efficiently with very little impact on the environment.
Choose sustainable practices
Pick companies who have sustainable manufacturing practices. EcoSeed says, green packaging is produced in an environmentally conscious way when the company uses energy efficiently and the facility has low pollution emissions. For example, some factories harness green energy sources, such as wind power, to drive their plant's production.
Choose non-toxic packaging that does not contain toxic chemicals. Toxic chemicals are poisonous to plants, animals, and humans. If inhaled, ingested or absorbed into the skin, toxic chemicals can cause everything from a single reaction (such as coughing or wheezing) to death. In the environment, toxic chemicals can cause the greenhouse effect and climate change, ozone depletion, the build up of toxic algae in rivers, and acid rain, which poisons fish and hinders the ability of soil to support plant life.
Choose 100% recyclable materials such as “post-consumer” paper or corrugated cardboard are a great alternative to using virgin materials. Plastics can be derived from post consumer sources as well as recycled through literally thousands of recycling centers across the country.
Fortunately, Valley Box can help keep you on track in your quest for greener packaging. Valley Box fosters “green” practices that result in lower overall costs & greater sustainability. Learn more about Valley Box’s sustainable practices visit our Green Business Section.
- We reuse all possible packaging in our production processes to minimize waste & disposal costs
- We recycle all wood scrap & metal scrap, which reduces the amount of waste entering landfills.