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Any method a company picks should be an active part in cutting down the usage of plastic and giving their consumers the “non-plastic packaging” option goals.

FREMONT, CA: Businesses are searching for different ways to control costs and produce ethical, ecological packaging, keeping in mind today’s cost-conscious and eco-aware world. Staying within the budget while using sustainable packaging, does not necessarily have to be a mind-boggling exercise. It only requires is a bit of research to source packaging or materials that suit the needs and are a conscious part of combating plastic pollution across the world.

Apart from plastic packaging, many other alternatives can help in cutting down on plastic, especially single-use plastic, and making the environment a safer place to reside.

Paperboard Packaging:

Paperboard is considered as a viable option, as it is biodegradable and can be ethically sourced. Additionally, it can be used in different thicknesses and designs to suitably protect most of the products. It also takes lesser time to degrade than the other traditional plastics available on the planet. Several companies make use of large boxes for small items, which is why having plastics are used as fillers for the left-out spaces. Therefore, paperboard can be utilized in smaller quantities if it correctly sizes the boxes. 

Biomaterials:

Food items are mostly used to deliver packaging materials. There are a few items, such as mushrooms and seaweed, can rapidly turn into the available alternatives in place of plastic products. One of the most established biomaterials for packaging is polylactic acid (PLA), which is made from renewable resources like sugarcane. PLA is generally an expensive method of packaging but is a feasible and sustainable product.

Personalized Packaging:

The increasing popularity of 3D printers has the ability to be operated with a choice of materials that includes plastics made of plant or food waste. It does not require any initial investment, but, once in place, it will help people in creating their customized packaging with high-quality recyclable materials and design. Additive manufacturing allows the developers to design parts or packages that can be significantly used to lessen the materials used as compared to traditional manufacturing techniques.

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