Eco-friendly packaging ideas

The amount of stuff that is shipped through the mail every day is truly staggering. For example, in the United States, there are 472.1 million mailpieces delivered each day. Yes, you read that right. Each day. Add to that the additional 34 million packages that UPS and FedEx deliver and you've far surpassed 500 million pieces of mail every day. That's 156,000,000,000 pieces of mail a year! With the vast amount of mail pieces, you begin to realize that a vast amount of packaging is also being used. And if you're like me, you hope that this packaging is eco-friendly, at least to an agreeable extent. Some people haven't thought much about the impact their mail has on the environment, but today, just for a short moment while you read this blog post, let me give you just a few eco-friendly packaging ideas.

Eco-friendly packaging ideas

To begin with, let's get one thing straight: Paper products don't always necessarily equal the most eco-friendly solution. Even some kinds of paper and cardboard take years to decompose. There are even smarter types of paper products to use.

Try reusing

Eco-friendly doesn't always mean easy-to-biodegrade. Sometimes, being eco-friendly is as basic as being easily reusable. This is particularly easy when it comes to boxes. It's a little more difficult to reuse an envelope, unless it's a larger manila-type envelope. Reusing boxes has more to do with mindset than it does with the actual boxes. No matter how "eco-friendly" the box is, if the user doesn't care about reusing it, then there's no point to it.

Cut down on excessive packaging

One way you can help cut down on packaging waste is to cut down on excessive packaging. Do you really need to stuff every available square inch of the box with newspapers and bubble wrap? Probably not.

If you choose paper packaging, use FSC Certified

The Forest Stewardship Council is the watchdog organization that helps us know if products that came from a forest were done so in an environmentally-friendly way.

Go for natural dyes or no dyes

If the paper is eco-friendly, but the colors aren't, then it isn't eco-friendly packaging. Look for packaging that has soy-based dyes or no dyes at all.