Use packaging materials that are either reusable or recyclable. You can reuse the materials for various purposes such as using left-over cardboard boxes to store office equipment. This helps in reducing waste and preventing the unnecessary purchase of products.
Using recyclable materials like cardboard or paper for packaging helps you convert them into other products that can be effectively used later. This ensures that the packaging materials don’t go to waste or to the landfills once they are discarded.
Invest in developing a packaging design that doesn’t use a large amount of packaging material. Embrace simplicity along with creativity to come up with an attractive and minimalistic design. Minimal packaging helps in reducing material use, leading to reduced product cost. You would even consume less energy to manufacture both the material and packaging and less fuel is used to transport items.
Try and source sustainable raw materials to fulfill your packaging needs by ensuring that the packaging originates from a sustainable source. Turn to your packaging provider and ask them to use sustainable forests to source the wood required for manufacturing cardboard or paper required to produce packaging material. Other sustainable goods you can opt for include cotton, new man-made fibres, and wood from sustainable farms.
Invest in an industrial shredder as it can shred almost anything that’s made up of fibre, such as paper or cardboard. Shredders can generate a lot of shredded material, which can be used to fill packaging boxes. These paper cushions do a great job of protecting the corners of your cardboard boxes. Moreover, shredded paper is a practical and eco-friendly way to pack and ship your products too.
Using materials like corn-based plastic is recommended as it can be broken down in a commercial composting facility. Biodegradable packaging ensures that none of the packaging material goes into the landfills.
There may be occasions when waste is being created, or it isn’t being disposed of properly because your staff aren’t aware of the waste disposal processes that have been implemented in your facility. It could either be because they aren’t communicating with the warehouse operatives or because they haven’t been given the appropriate training. Training your staff would go a long way in reducing packaging waste.
Do not use a large package for shipping a small item, unless it is absolutely necessary. Avoid using the wrong boxes or wrong loose fill. Understand what kind of loose fill packaging is appropriate for different types of items. Using the correct type of loose fill will help you protect the product better.
Reducing waste and disposing of it in the right manner will help in making your organization as well as the planet green. Implement sustainable practices in your facility and encourage your staff to embrace sustainability in different organizational processes.