Eco-friendly packaging is increasingly one of the required types of packaging. But what is really meant by this and the differences to the packaging mainly used so far are that you can find out in our home article.
Eco-friendly packaging – that’s what’s behind it?
In the following, we will show you what environmentally-friendly packaging is all about and what the differences to other packaging are:
- There are already many differences between environmentally friendly packaging. First and foremost, however, this should be packaging that causes as little damage to the environment as possible, both in production and in the disposal. Alternatively, biodegradable packaging is made from natural raw materials and returns to nature after disposal.
- The packaging is all the more environmentally friendly, the fewer fossil raw materials are required for production. In addition, CO2 emissions also play a major role. The aim is to reduce this in the production of packaging. If the packaging can still be easily disposed of after use and then recycled, it is considered environmentally friendly.
- Separate garbage, you will be primarily concerned with the ‘green dot’. This is already environmentally friendly packaging, as it can also be recycled. However, cans or another packaging also carry the point, although they are anything but environmentally friendly to manufacture. Nevertheless, they can be recycled again and are therefore considered environmentally friendly.
- Non-environmentally friendly packaging includes materials that can subsequently no longer be recycled or whose production requires an enormous amount of fossil materials. If possible, these types of packaging should be reduced in the future. This includes, above all, plastic. In particular, the disposal of plastic can cause enormous environmental damage if it cannot be recycled.
- Tip: Pay attention to the indications on the packaging. Many manufacturers already print their products with the indication that the packaging is particularly environmentally friendly packaging. The reference ‘100 per cent biodegradable’ is also a good sign of this. Then, at least when it is disposed of, it is environmentally friendly packaging.
Conclusion: Sustainable packaging is complicated
Unfortunately, our recyclables system is incredibly complicated, and only a few studies include all environmental aspects. We have priority on the Co2footprint, less on degradability.
Since we are particularly critical of the plastic problem, we would select sustainable packaging in this order: no packaging, reusable containers (glass, aluminium, plastic), then cardboard boxes, paper and another natural packaging, coated cartons and tetra pack, recyclable plastic, aluminium, glass, disposable plastic.
We have even more zero waste tips for everyday life here for you. Do you also want to dress sustainably? Then it would help if you liked our sustainable sneaker labels. Most work with vegan leather. Of course, we also have the best sustainable swimwear for the summer on balconies.
By the way, NewPack wants to take the first step towards sustainability and offers various sustainable and eco-friendly packaging products.
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