Earth Day is almost here! But the conversation about sustainability and the environment continues year-round and has become increasingly relevant in recent times. We want to discuss some of the newer materials being used in packaging that can support your business’ sustainability initiatives and goals.

Era of Responsible Packaging

This is a really exciting time in the packaging world when it comes to the development of new, sustainable materials. The progress being made is important for reducing the impact packaging has on the environment, and this is the direction consumers are demanding as well.

More and more, consumers are switching to companies and brands that have sustainable business practices – which includes product packaging. In a recent Nielsen report, “products with certain sustainability attributes outperformed the growth rate of total products in their respective categories.”

If you were thinking of switching to sustainable or environmentally-friendly packaging alternatives, there is no better time than now.

Sustainable Packaging Options

When it comes to finding the right sustainable packaging solution, the possibilities are endless. Here are a few of our favorite sustainable materials growing in popularity for packaging.

Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Plastics

Manufacturers are increasingly working with higher percentages of PCR in their packaging options. Many of our manufacturing partners offer varying levels of PCR in bottles, closures, and tubes, with a few making 100% PCR closures.

PCR Plastic With a global increase in consumer recycling over the past several decades, the availability of Post-Consumer Resin has also increased.

It is important to recognize that there are some limitations with clarity of plastics and abilities for exact color matches when using PCR. Nonetheless, consumers are flocking to sustainable products and packaging more and more.

Sugarcane Polyethylene

Another sustainable packaging option that is on the rise is sugarcane polyethylene. This material is BPA-free and offers a low carbon footprint. It also has the same characteristics traditionally found in HDPE and offers the opportunity for the package to be potentially carbon negative.

A popular use of sugarcane polyethylene is its use in creating 100% recyclable bottles and tubes, which is an attractive quality to consumers.

Sugarcane Sugarcane is one of the world’s most cultivated crops, making it a great material alternative to traditional plastics.

Composted Materials

Composting has been gaining a lot more attention in recent years. We're starting to see some compostable food packaging gaining traction, namely in carry-out containers.

We are interested in discussing the new biodegradable/compostable flexible packaging films that have been popping up recently. There are three layers in their flexible packaging that work together to provide strength, stiffness, heat resistance, printability, and barriers to external elements like moisture, light, gas, and aroma.

These layers are all biodegradable and compostable, which appeals both to manufacturers with sustainability goals and to consumers who prefer sustainable packaging options.

Compost Bin Composting is a popular activity amongst many environmentally-focused consumers.

MJS Packaging Solutions

Interested in switching to a more sustainable packaging solution? Contact one of our knowledgeable packaging solutions specialists today to get started. Contact us online or call us at (800) 915-2262.