If you’re like a lot of forward-thinking companies, you have set corporate sustainability goals that your entire organization is striving to achieve. As you may be aware, sustainability reporting and corporate sustainability goals are an important part of building public trust for the modern company. In its guide to corporate goal setting, the United Nations Global Compact’s (the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative) number one tip is that you must focus on issues that are strategically important to your company. They go on to state that “you may want to set goals related to your supply chain or product use.”
If your corporate sustainability goals include reducing waste, decreasing transportation costs, reducing warehousing costs, lowering emissions, and more, we’ll show you how environmentally friendly food packaging can help you achieve these while showing your customers that you care about our environment.
1) Leaner packaging saves space, materials, and money
Downgauging or lightweighting packaging is not necessarily a new idea. Frozen food manufacturers have known the benefits of smaller, lighter packaging for years. Leaner packaging saves on warehousing costs, transportation costs, reduces wastage in disposal, and offers benefits to the consumer as in the case of advances in closure technology. Simply moving to a superior quality packaging film can reduce waste and spoilage of product while at the same time reducing your transportation and storage costs, and allowing you to make more of the limited real estate on retail shelves. If you’re thinking about lightweighting, it’s important that you work directly with your R&D film specialist to determine if downgauging is right for your product’s required specifications.
2) Biodegradable packaging lessens environmental impact
Biodegradable food packaging means that your packaging won’t languish forever in landfills, waterways, and other places that waste ends up. Advances in technology have led to biodegradable packaging being easier and less expensive to produce than ever before. Innovations like Emmerson Packaging’s SmartPack–BDG™ offer organizations a smaller environmental footprint without sacrificing the machinability and shelf life of polyethylene packaging. With biodegradable packaging, consumers don’t need to take any extra steps like they do with recycling—they can simply throw the package out with their regular trash.
3) Environmentally friendly food packaging helps your bottom line
Besides recommending setting goals that relate to your supply chain and product use, the United Nations Global Compact also recommends connecting your sustainability goals to business strategy. Making the move to more environmentally friendly food packaging accomplishes this in several ways. Besides the cost savings in storage, transportation, and wastage that we already mentioned, more environmentally friendly packaging is also good for business.
In a 2014 survey, 56% of American consumers said they would like to have more sustainable packaging options for the products they buy. 52% of millennials surveyed were also willing to pay more for those options. Companies whose corporate sustainability goals include switching to more environmentally friendly packaging have a clear, sales-based incentive to do so. This is not to say that simply “greenwashing” your product will suffice. The modern consumer is too savvy to be bamboozled by fake claims of eco-friendliness. To effectively meet your corporate sustainability goals and meet consumer demand for greener products, you must walk the walk as well as talk the talk.
The future for all consumer products, not just food products is trending towards higher environmental sustainability. By investing in and developing new packaging technologies, companies like Emmerson Packaging are paving the way to a more sustainable, greener future for us all with products like SmartPack™. SmartPack™ eliminates the lamination step, all while keeping the properties of a laminated packaging. This allows SmartPack™ customers to divert garbage-destined packaging to a more environmentally friendly recycling stream. Using this technology, millions of bags have already been recycled. If you’re interested in discovering more about how environmentally friendly food packaging can help you meet or exceed your corporate sustainability goals, contact us today!