The need for more packaging seems to always be rising, but it’s important to think about the impact we have on our environment and continue to find ways to reduce packaging waste. Many companies are now making the switch to sustainable packaging materials to reduce their footprint. Consider the following tips when contemplating reducing packaging waste.

1. Packaging Materials

Using packaging materials that are reusable or recyclable is a great way to reduce waste.  Furthermore, think about the size of your packaging. Is the width of film you’re using necessary for a proper seal? Even reducing your packaging width by a small amount can make all the difference. Not only will this reduce your waste, but it will also cut costs.

Consider whether you can reuse the packaging waste you have left over after production. If you can make use of it in and around the office, great! If not, see if you can recycle this waste. There are many items you use on a daily basis that you may not even realize are recyclable.

2. Minimal Packaging

The largest driver of your material costs is the shape and sizing of your packaging. Of course, packages are necessary and key to your product’s success. Find a package design that is sustainable and recyclable. This will not only help the environment, but you will also become a leader in the industry.

Minimalistic packaging means less waste and reduced product cost for you and your company. Less energy will be used to manufacture the product and its packaging, saving you even more. You can even save money on transportation costs, because less fuel is needed to transport smaller items.

Minimal designs do not have to be boring by any means. Being creative in your minimalist packaging will increase your visibility as an eco-friendly company. Consider also dropping additional packaging on your goods to promote sustainability.

3. Training

An often overlooked way to increase your company’s sustainability is simply to make sure your employees are properly trained. Your staff should be made aware of the importance of using proper sized and recyclable materials.  Teach your staff ways to increase efficiencies, save costs, and protect the environment.

Your mission to reduce waste should be clear. Consider posting signage around your facility stating your mission or including it in a company newsletter. Waste reduction is a great topic for a staff meeting. Your staff may even provide new eco-friendly ideas.

Take the initiative to serve as an example for your staff when it comes to reducing waste. You can do this by providing examples of how everyone can reduce their waste and following these examples yourself. Make sure recycling bins are visible around your entire facility.

Making moves toward sustainability and reducing packaging waste will set your company apart and leave a positive impression on your customers, and the environment will thank you. For more ways on optimizing your packaging systems, reach out to our team at Yamato.