How to eliminate plastic packaging from your business

Now that the plastic packaging tax has come into effect, many businesses should be thinking about ways to reduce or eliminate plastic packaging. Getting rid of plastics from your business’ everyday practices can make a huge impact, and it’s easy to do with a few small changes.

Many businesses find that amending their policies is a powerful way to reduce single-use plastics. This might include asking suppliers to pack without plastic and requesting reusable, returnable, or sustainable packaging such as recycled cardboard boxes or ‘jackets’ to replace plastic wrap on pallets.

If that’s not possible, you might want to look beyond your current suppliers and see if there are others out there offering more sustainable packaging and solutions.

When it comes to doing business, you can make a difference by offering reused packaging to your customers. For example, some retailers keep cardboard boxes on hand for customers who forget their bags instead of throwing them away. Some companies that ship orders use shredded paper to protect products instead of bubble wrap.

 

The alternatives to plastic packaging

There are also many alternatives to plastic packaging. Anything that a business does to become more sustainable is ultimately helpful. This is particularly true with bubble wrap, as there are many alternatives that your business can use. Some alternatives include:

  • Compostable mailers
  • Corrugated packaging
  • Biodegradable packing peanuts
  • Mushroom packaging
  • Seaweed packaging
  • GreenWrap

There are more than these, and many of them can be reused or recycled, so they are kept in use for longer and help reduce waste.

 

Ribble’s solution to plastic packaging

Ribble also has ways to eliminate or at least reduce plastic packaging. Our Right Size packaging is an easy way to reduce the amount of packaging you use, and therefore reduce the amount of waste. Right Size solutions combine Ribble’s industry leading Fanfold material and state of the art technology to create the perfect size box for all your products.

We have a simple 4-step process for our Right Size solutions.

  1. Enter your box style and dimensions.
  2. Select how many you require.
  3. The box is produced within seconds.
  4. Your products are packaged in the perfect sized box.

There are also various benefits of using our Right Size solutions. These include up to 30% reduction in packaging costs, labour saving, increased warehouse space, elimination of void fillers, and more.

 

To find out more about how Ribble’s Right Size solutions can help your business reduce or eliminate its plastic packaging usage, contact us today.



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