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Recyclable Packaging – 5 Simple Sustainable Swaps

By Lauren Churcher  |  18 March 2020  |   4 minute read.
Eco Friendly

Easily recyclable packaging is becoming an expectation amongst consumers so it’s important that you now deliver on this requirement too. If everyone recycled just 10% more paper, it would save approximately 5 million trees a year, so there’s no time like the present to start on your eco-friendly journey. Here are our top recyclable product picks:

Cardboard Boxes

Cardboard Boxes are a true packaging classic; one of, if not the most, common form of packaging there is. A simple, low-cost solution which works for practically every business, and most importantly, is widely recognised by people everywhere to be easily recyclable. Both virgin and recycled cardboard is incredibly versatile; not only is it a recyclable and biodegradable material, but you or your customer can reuse cardboard boxes time and time again, and they’re even made from 75% recycled materials. 

Paper Mailing Bags

If you’re used to sending pre-packaged goods or non-fragile items in polythene mailers, why not try a paper alternative? Not only do paper mailing bags do an excellent job of protecting these products in transit, but are much easier to recycle, and significantly more widely accepted than poly mailers are too as they’re made entirely from paper. 79% of all plastic ends in either landfills or the natural world, so making this simple packaging swap for your despatches would dramatically reduce the impact your business, as well as the impact all of your customers have on the environment.

Corrugated Cardboard Rolls

Bubble Wrap has been the protective packaging of choice for thousands of people and businesses for years; not only providing entertainment for hours on end, bubble wrap does an excellent job of preventing damage to your products, however it only exacerbates damage to the planet. Corrugated rolls are an excellent cardboard protective packaging alternative to bubble wrap – not only a recyclable and biodegradable material, rolls of corrugated cardboard are made from 75% recycled materials; versatile, sustainable, planet friendly.

Jiffy Green

An essential to eCommerce, Bubble Lined Bags in any shape or form do a brilliant job of providing low-cost instant in-transit protection, combining a strong and robust paper outer with a high-quality bubble wrap interior. Its excellence in design is both the padded envelopes’ success and downfall; a fantastic product for businesses, but not easy at all to recycle for the recipient. Jiffy Green Padded Bags fix this problem and provide the best possible solution – delivering the same, if not better, level of protection and are not only simple to recycle, but biodegradable, and even compostable too with their 100% recycled fibre lining. 

Gummed Paper Tape

Packing tape is a fact of life for despatch operations using cardboard boxes, but unfortunately classic polypropylene packing tape can ruin all of the eco-benefits of the boxes. The good news is, gummed paper tape is an excellent environmentally friendly swap which can be recycled and biodegraded in one go along with the cardboard boxes. The even better news is that gummed paper tape is even stronger than regular packing tape, is more secure, and breaks down a whopping 80 times faster. A super simple, great value swap which delivers the best quality time and time again.

These are just five of the recyclable packaging options available to you, so don’t worry if you haven’t seen one here which is right for your business. Take a look at all of our recyclable packaging products below:

Ask The Experts

By working together to swap to eco-friendly, recyclable products by educating and informing business owners, we’re paving the way to a greener future for us all. We hope this has given you all the information you could need to know about recycling your packaging and the importance of passing on the message to your customers, and probably a little bit more too. We pride ourselves on our service and sharing our knowledge wherever possible, so if you have any questions then please speak to us on live chat, give us a call on 01622 580100, or use our Contact page.

2 responses to “Recyclable Packaging – 5 Simple Sustainable Swaps”

  1. If you use LDPE bags, what tape can be used on these and is recyclable with the bag?

    • Hi Paul,
      Thank you for your question.
      We would suggest separating any tape that you use with LDPE bags to ensure both components are recycled correctly. As most plastic based tapes are not made from the same type of plastic as LDPE bags, it is not advised to mix them when recycling. You could use a paper tape which can be removed and responsibly recycled after use.
      Hope this help, please let us know if we can help any further.

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