Recycled Packaging Ideas

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Recycled packaging is a big topic at the moment.  As the government steps in to sort out the waste packaging issues we face.  

It is all about consuming less, wasting less and encouraging others to do the same.

The problem we face is that pretty much 90% of our packaging is plastic.

New laws are coming into place around recycled packaging to combat the problem but they are slow.

Big companies like Tetra Pack dominate certain industries such as FMCG, food, beverage, medical packaging and so on.

Here are just a few of the industries that could use recycled packaging, but often do not:

  • Food & beverage packaging in supermarkets
  • Toy packaging
  • Clothing packaging
  • Medical packaging
  • DIY product packaging
  • Health & beauty product packaging

The list goes on and on, product packaging is all around us and very little of it has been switched to 100% recycled packaging despite decades of knowledge about the plastic pollution problem.

What Is Recycled Packaging All About?

Recycled packaging ideas are constantly being discussed.  

The world is now coming to terms with the fact that it needs to look after it’s resources.  So many businesses are now switching to environmentally friendly materials and using it as a PR effort.

Commercially the world has created so much waste, that landfills are bursting at the seams; often materials are too toxic to burn that they are exported to third world countries for dumping.  

This is why many businesses are now moving towards more eco-friendly options.

What We Can Do At Home?

Consider your child’s birthday, or Christmas, how often do we collect all the wrapping paper and then put it into the bin (or maybe even the recycling)?

Why not try to re-use the packaging, store it up so that it can be re-used next year?

Wrapping paper may well be ripped by an excited child, however with some creative use of sellotape, a patch up job can be done which will allow you to do your part.  If every family in the UK did this, the impact would be felt.

However this would also have a negative effect on card companies or supermarkets that make millions a year selling wrapping paper and rely on us throwing it out.

Some would say doing our part for the environment is going to hurt someones business, or even the UK economy.

Government Involvement

As the government gets more and more involved in the plastic dilemma, new laws are coming into place regards use of plastics and recycling.  The government is looking at different recycled packaging ideas for the future.

The problem is that product packaging is a global business.  Very often products are manufactured in China, packaged in China and shipped to the UK.

Product packaging is a global issue and recycled packaging is a global challenge.

The challenge being how to keep packaging design costs down along with other factors such as transportation (again which is a global business).


Options For Eco-Friendly Materials

Your packaging ideas look into new more sustainable materials.  They can be made out of anything that has previously been used in the past, it could be paper, plastic, glass, metal or fabric.  

The options are limitless, but as long as the end product can either be re-used or become biodegradable and return the mother earth.

Many companies (such as LUSH) use the fact that they opt to use eco friendly recycled packaging as a selling point to choosing their product over other larger competitors.

Re-Using Old Packaging

Looking back in the 1900’s we did re-use packaging.

Milk bottles were returned to the milkman each morning.

Glass bottles which were intricately designed with brand names were given back to suppliers.

For some reason, we have done away with recycled packaging and opted for a use and discard culture.

Selecting The Right Designer

Most packaging designers are led by customers; if you want to use an environmentally friendly  material then they will go with it; however there may be an issue with creativity.

Some packaging designers in the UK use recycled packaging as their USP, for companies to use them purely because they focus on being less wasteful.

Certain shops in the UK like LUSH (the cosmetic company that started in 1995 in Poole) used recycled packaging as part of their selling point.  If you brought back 5 clean containers, you got a free face mask (not the COVID ones). 

Packaging design costs vary from agency to agency, which is why we want to help you get quotes.

If the graphic designer has not used recycled packaging ideas, they may not be right.

Graphic designers and packaging designers do have options of using recycled packaging designs if that is the direction you want to take your packaging in.

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