Without a doubt, majority of packaging materials that are available on the market today are not beneficial for the environment. It is this gross reality and irresponsibility that has led to the declining state of the environment today. Global warming is at a peak; more animals than ever before are becoming extinct, and certain crops are finding difficulty growing and increasing. This presents as a very serious problem for human beings. If not remedied, it can lead to deadly consequences in the future for the next generation. One way that we can begin to make a change is by using packaging products that are environmentally safe. So, let us get started:
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- Choose the right box. The box is very important when it comes to choosing an environmental friendly packaging product. You want a box that is not too large as it will be a waste of cardboard, but at the same time you do not want anything that is flimsy and will lead to the contents being compromised. One good way to conserve the environment is by searching your garage or closets for boxes that you may have lying around. You can also pick up a recycled box; which is essentially a box that is made from recycled materials.
- Be wise with your filling materials. Of course, you want the contents of your box to arrive at its destination in one piece. Many people use bubble wrap, unused paper, or packing peanuts for protection purposes when packing goods/gifts/products. But the sad truth is that these materials are quite harmful for the environment. Dangerous chemicals are utilised in producing these types of materials and biodegradation can take forever. In some cases, the materials are not biodegradable at all. They also get thrown straight into the garbage once received by the recipient. What you can substitute instead for filling materials is old newspaper which has been crumpled into balls. Crumple as many pages of newspaper as you need. You can also use scratch paper or magazine pages from old magazines. This is one smart and ecologically responsible way to create filling materials without spending a dime or increasing your carbon footprint.
- Wrapping paper. If the box needs to appear professional and clean, not to worry, there is something you can do to improvise. You can use recycled paper to wrap the box with. Get creative. You can even use the box as an opportunity to inform the recipient about the environmental friendly quality of your package.
- Environmental sacs. When making your purchases, stay away from plastic. Plastic is one of the worst materials known to the earth and it is advisable not to use it at all. Instead of using plastic or paper when you purchase things at the mall, store or what not, make it a habit to take an environmental sac with you. This way, you do not have to increase the plastics or paper bags that are being unnecessarily produced on a daily basis. This also lessens the emission of greenhouse gases in the earth. It is with these small changes that we can truly make a difference in our declining environment.
When shipping out the product, you can opt for the most environmental friendly option; which is possibly the slowest option but definitely the wisest one. It may be an adjustment at first making the effort to ensure that your package is environmental friendly, but the effort is most certainly worth it. It means a longer and healthier future for the generations to come. It is the responsible and right thing to.
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