Reducing packaging waste and increasing sustainability with recyclable mono material packaging can help your brand take important steps towards a more environmentally friendly approach.
At Law Print, we champion the use of plastic. We understand the important role it plays in combating food waste and protecting your product on its journey from factory to home. However, we understand that plastic has received some bad press over the last decade, but we’re here to tell you that you don’t need to throw it out. Simply switch to our Ready2Recycle range instead.
Here are some ways to make the switch smoother:
Design for recyclability
When developing packaging, consider using packaging solutions that are fit for purpose. Using complex or mixed packaging materials or formats that are challenging to separate and recycle could lead to consumers choosing other brands. Make the change to recyclable mono material solutions if your product allows for it and directly avoid this issue.
Choose appropriate materials
Opt for materials that have a high recycling rate and are widely accepted by recycling facilities. Common options include paper (ideally without plastic liner at all) and certain types of plastics like polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Choose single polymer structures like PE/PE or PP/PP if your product requires a laminated packaging solution with high barrier properties.
Eliminate unnecessary components
Reduce the number of components in your packaging. For example, eliminate excessive layers, inserts or unnecessary labelling. Simplifying the packaging structure makes it easier to recycle and decreases waste.
Promote recycling infrastructure
Support the development of recycling infrastructure in your area. Collaborate with local authorities, recycling facilities and organisations to ensure that appropriate collection, sorting and recycling systems are in place for mono material packaging.
Provide clear instructions to consumers on how to properly recycle packaging materials. Include recycling symbols, labels, or QR codes with information on material composition and recycling instructions.
Collaborate with suppliers – such as Law Print!
Engage with your suppliers to source materials that align with your sustainability goals. Encourage them to provide recyclable mono material options and work together to optimise packaging design and reduce waste.
Conduct life cycle assessments (LCA)
Evaluate the environmental impact of your packaging choices through life cycle assessments. This analysis considers the entire life cycle of packaging, from raw material extraction to disposal, helping you identify areas for improvement.
Stay updated on innovations
Stay informed about emerging technologies and innovations in sustainable packaging. Explore new materials, manufacturing techniques and recycling technologies that can further enhance the recyclability and sustainability of your packaging.
If your brand is looking to invest in quality packaging, we will guide you through the entire print process. Providing recommendations along the way to improve efficiency, reduce costs and add untold value to the end product.
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