Jul 27 2011

How to Reduce Packaging Materials

Many companies have taken several steps to reduce the environmental impact of packaging materials.

Here are three key areas that you can work on that will impact the environment.

First of all, the toughest thing is to reduce the amount of packaging materials used in the shipping of your products.  It takes great ingenuity to make this happen.

Secondly, try to use recycled fiber whenever it's possible.  This reduces the amount of chemicals used in the manufacturing of raw materials.  You will see on the attached image that a trailer of baled cardboard is being loaded to be sent to a re-pulping plant to make more cardboard.

And thirdly, if it is not possible to use recycled fiber then we must ensure that pulp-based packaging is used in a continual basis.  If at all possible please use suppliers who are not involved in deforestation.

Our intent here is to inform the reader about how to reduce packaging materials in your everyday shipping needs.  Please contact your local recycler for more information.  In the Province of Saskatchewan please contact Crown Shred & Recycling at www.crownshredandrecycling.com.