Eco friendly packaging has become the hottest term on the retail packaging landscape. The problem is many do not know what the term means or what the other related terms like sustainability, recyclability, compostable and biodegradable mean either. My goal with this post is to help clarify what these terms mean and provide different options for your review.
Let’s start with the general term of eco friendly packaging. To clarify I am referring to retail packaging. While many of these items can be used for industrial purposes, I’m working with retail packaging options to begin with. Eco friendly packaging involves bags, pouches, styles, and films that are taking the environment into account. Either there is a reduction in the amount of film used or the material is unique in that it provides ways for the packaging itself to be reused, repurposed, or even recycled. Another is if the construction is made with materials that react to air and sunlight, like biodegradable or compostable materials that will break down over time instead of clogging up a landfill.