22 Mar 4 Green Alternatives to Bubble Wrap
We are all aware of the importance of reducing our environmental effects. Many companies are now experimenting with innovative methods of developing and manufacturing their goods in order to reduce their carbon and environmental impact while also saving money. The idea of “cradle-to-cradle” — assuming accountability for a product’s effects from content procurement to final disposal — is also gaining traction. Packaging materials and accessories are one of the most serious offenders when it comes to an industry’s impacts.
The cradle-to-cradle principle must account for the transportation of a commodity from the manufacturer to the supplier and then to the consumer—a method that often necessitates the use of costly packaging materials. This has resulted in a flood of new eco-friendly substitute for traditional packaging materials.
Biodegradable Packaging Peanuts
Styrofoam, the light, airy plastic used for delivery cartons and loose-fill packaging, was recently banned in New York. It joins a growing list of cities in the United States in outlawing the content, also known as Expanded Polystyrene Foam (EPS). EPS is neither recyclable nor commercially recyclable, and it often ends up in rivers, where it can damage marine life.
Styrofoam has long been used in loose-fill packing for delicate or else sensitive products, aiding in movement prevention and shock absorption. Biodegradable air peanuts are now ready to replace them for companies searching for the nearest thing to this package classic.
Corrugated Bubble Wrap
We’re all used to bubble wrap packing, the kid-favourite that protects delicate products during shipping. However, since it is made of plastic, it is not the most environmentally friendly material. The best part is that a variety of solutions are in progress.
One of these is a corrugated cardboard wrap that has been upcycled. Rather than being disposed of or recycled, post-consumer cardboard waste is given a second chance as a cushioning material. It is cut into small pieces to provide a concertina-like effect that protects against shocks in the same way that bubble wrap does.
Another material similar that is a 100% ecofriendly alternative to bubble wrap is hexcel wrap.
Cornstarch is a natural product that has made inroads into the eco-friendly packaging industry. It is produced from the maize or corn plant and has plastic-like characteristics, allowing it to be used in many situations where plastics have historically been used. Cornstarch packaging brings even more applications to this very American crop, from bottles to shaped forms and loose-fill packaging.
Agar, a gelatinous material contained in a number of seaweeds and algae, is already used in a number of uses ranging from mushroom to corn to seaweed. This is particularly true in the food industry, where it can be used as a thickener or a vegetarian substitute for gelatine.
However, a research team has now received a design award for designing its use as a packaging material. Seaweed packaging, which is made from an abundant and renewable raw material, may be the next vast thing in eco-friendly packing substitutes.