At Victory Box Corp, we love our planet, and want to do all we can to keep it healthy. We are absolutely committed to this principle, and have made sustainability one of our chief priorities. Although we do our part in preserving the future of our world, we can’t do it alone. In fact, we need all the help we can get, and that’s where you come in! Whether you’re a major manufacturing company, small e-commerce start-up, or just someone who wants to make a difference, here are five ways you can make your packaging more sustainable.
5. Choosing Environmentally-Friendly Materials
This one is obvious, but it’s still worth mentioning: the mere act of choosing to use packages that are made from sustainable and/or recyclable materials is an easy and effective way to immediately improve the eco-friendliness of your operation.
4. Save Space with Customized Packaging
Another way to reduce negative environmental impacts on the earth and improve the overall sustainability of your operation is by adopting customized packaging.
By manufacturing packaging made specifically for your product, you’ll be saving resources and energy, not to mention space (such as at home, in a warehouse or on a truck), that would have otherwise been spent or gone to waste.
3. Reusability and Beyond
Recyclable materials and custom-made packaging cover two elements of the old “reduce, reuse, recycle, too!” adage, and now it’s time to tackle the third: Reusability.
Reusing a box that you received in the mail to ship something else down the line is an easy way to apply this concept, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you are feeling ambitious, why not consider including additional features or utility with your customized packaging? In other words, you’d be giving your packages value beyond their intended function.
For example, maybe your boxes are adorned with art so beautiful that people want to keep them as decorations or use them as receptacles. Another example might be a toy company that packages their action figures in boxes that can be converted into a playset simply by turning them inside out, revealing the detailed artwork printed on the otherwise-unseen interior of the package.
There’s no need to go overboard, though: even including simple touches like having notes, instructions, or recipes printed on a custom package can go a long way in encouraging reusability and lessening environmental impact.
2. Spread The Word
It might seem far fetched, but another way to make your packaging more sustainable is by encouraging sustainable behavior from the folks buying your products.
Although not as direct as using eco-friendly boxes or designing your own, simply spreading the word about your efforts can inspire others to join in, exponentially increasing the amount of people working together to beat back climate change and steer the world towards a greener future.
A great method for accomplishing this is by directly speaking to your audience via a message printed on the box itself. You can use the space to share your personal sustainability goals, inform readers about the precarious state of the environment, or personally encourage them to do what they can to help out.
If that’s too cut-and-dry for you, consider printing instructions for your customers detailing how you’d like them to use your package after they’ve opened it. This can be as simple as politely asking them to recycle it (rather than throw it out), or it can be as fun and creative as suggesting they convert the package into something unexpected, like a flower pot (with an easy step-by-step guide, included, of course!)
1. Work With An Eco-Friendly Packaging Company
The easiest and most direct way to make your packaging more sustainable is by receiving your supplies from an eco-friendly packaging company. Luckily, we know a great place to start: Victory Box Corp.
Here at Victory Box, we are committed to sustainability, and are proud to do everything we can to reduce our impact on the environment, which, in turn, helps our customers do the same. Our corrugated cardboard boxes are made from recycled materials, are totally reusable, and are recyclable themselves. We even recycle our excess waste into new products!
Best of all, we offer all the customization and design services you need to create unique and sustainable packaging that not only shows off your brand’s personality, but also helps to secure a healthy future for the planet.
Contact Us Today for Sustainable Packaging Solutions
We are dedicated to providing ‘green’ packaging solutions for all kinds of shipping needs, and are happy to help you realize your sustainable packaging goals with our 70 years of experience and state-of-the-art technology.
Contact Victory Box Corp today to discuss our custom corrugated packaging products, services and sustainability solutions.