The consumption of food packaging has increased continuously in recent years. More and more consumers are demanding more sustainability, especially in the area of food packaging. In our 3-part series, we show you everything you need to know about food packaging. In this article we have 4 tips for you on how to make your food packaging more sustainable. Are you interested in the tasks, application areas and food packaging materials? Then check out the first part "Everything about food packaging: Tasks, application areas & material". In the third part we talk about the legal requirementsin the food packaging jungle.
Wondering how to make your food packaging more sustainable? We have put together 4 tips for you:
1. Omit packaging
There are now several ways to offer your products loose and without packaging. This is shown, for example, by unpackaged stores or smaller supermarkets. Not all products have to be wrapped in plastic and can be passed on directly from you to your customers. Whether this is an option for you depends on your product. Some food categories, such as meat, have to be packed airtight for food safety reasons and cannot be sold without packaging. However, here you can take a closer look at the transport packaging and use recycled instead of new cardboard boxes, for example.
2. Reduce packaging material
As mentioned earlier, you can't sell every product without packaging. Therefore, it makes sense to look more closely at other packaging materials and switch to more sustainable packaging. In unpackaged stores, for example, manufacturers must wrap their products on their way to stores and distributors, which offers the potential to switch to recycled boxes and filler instead of new ones.
3. Think about alternative packaging
As an alternative to traditional plastic packaging, there is packaging made of so-called monomaterial, which simplifies the recycling process of your food packaging. The use of mono-material makes the sorting, cleaning and melting of plastic easier.
4. Implement a reusable system
Glass is not only a tried-and-true material for food packaging that is in high demand, but it can also be reused. Build this advantage into your sustainability strategy and think about how your customers can return the packaging of your products to you. How about a reusable system, for example? A good example of this is the reusable yogurt jars with deposit from the German company Landliebe.
As you can see, there are simple steps you can take to make your food packaging more sustainable. Of course, our tips are just the beginning and if you are interested in the topic, we will be happy to answer your questions via [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!
Your Palamo Team <3