Do you need help with your packaging? Are you a start-up food business or just want to reduce waste? We like sharing and believe that we should try to minimize our carbon footprint as much as possible. Here are 10 links to producers and information about sustainable eco-friendly packaging.

We hope you find it helpful (the titles are links to their websites).

1 WRAP.

They can help with all your inquiries regarding the most sustainable solution for your packaging based on current thinking.

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2 KINYL

Interesting paper pulp packaging. They use Bagasse, products are non-toxic, compostable and biodegradable. Can be moulded into any shape. Available in a variety of colours.

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ECOLOGIC BRANDS

Ecologic Brands is dedicated to creating a more sustainable world through better packaging choices.

Let’s face it, much of today’s packaging is not recycled and piles up in landfills. In fact, 71% of today’s plastic milk and laundry bottles are sent to landfill where they sit for centuries.

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BE GREEN PACKAGING

Plant fibre based pulp8, can be moulded into most shapes. They are Cradle 2 Cradle certified.

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5 FRUGALPAC

The Frugalpac cup is made from recycled paper and can be put in any recycling bin marked paper or cardboard. Most cups used can’t be recycled in all but one recycling facility in the UK, meaning that 2.5 billion paper cups a year are sent to landfill.

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6 LONDON BIO PACKAGING

London Bio Packaging supplies compostable and recycled packaging to the food and catering industry. They also offer printing services. We have found them to be very helpful and good to work with. They offer many different types of packaging solutions, from bottles to trays and coffee cups including bagasse trays.

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7 JAMES CROPPER 3d PAPERS

They produce rather beautiful, exciting, sustainable moulded paper packaging.

Image from James Cropper Website

Image from James Cropper Website

PLANTIC

EcoPlastic contains up to 80% renewable content, it’s made from corn starch and uses 25% less energy compared to conventional polymers, significantly reduces carbon dioxide emissions is compatible with conventional processing aids and colorants in Blown Film, Injection Moulding, and Extrusion Blow Moulding applications. It even breaks down in water. M&S used this on their chocolate trays.

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9 GRAPHICPKGEUROPE

They offer more traditional packaging. They handle packaging jobs for large supermarkets (they produce packaging for Tesco Finest for example) and start-ups. They are working towards zero landfill and reducing harmful chemicals in manufacture. They are FSC certified and are members of Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange.

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Their Designerware range looks interesting. DesignerWare is a true alternative to the standard CPET tray; it offers the ability to print both on the outside and inside of the pack, enabling huge potential in terms of pack copy, marketing text, photography and graphical areas. DesignerWare, from Benson’s parent company Graphic Packaging International, can offer inclusive “cooking solutions” – such as Susceptor for crisping or browning and MicroRite® to allow for even heating or shielding – which allows for oven-style cooked food with the convenience of using the microwave. Sleeved and lidded options are available. Due to the paper content, DesignerWare offers superior environmental sustainability when compared to plastic or metal-based trays.

10 KOPYCAT PRINTERS

We like Kopycat printers. they are always helpful, use vegetable based inks, are FSC certified, Woodland Carbon certified (from the Woodland Trust) and have made great inroads into being as sustainable as possible, like eliminating chemicals and alcohol from their print processes. On top of that, they deliver great results.

 

TO KEEP IN MIND FOR THE FUTURE:

BIOLUTIONS

Packaging solutions made of up-cycled agricultural waste. Looking for investors as of 2016, may be of use for smaller investors at a later stage.

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CRADLE 2 CRADLE

You can find more information on sustainable choices for your packaging and other products on the excellent Cradle 2 Cradle certified website. It includes packaging materials, although, at present, these are a little limited and some companies have developed directly for brands without releasing the manufacturer of the materials. We think it’s good to share.

You can find lots more advice on packaging by clicking this link.

 

If you know of other sustainable packaging solutions, please share them in the comments below and please share this post. We think it should reach as many people as possible.

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