To ensure you minimise the environmental impact of your new packaging design, you should consider the product's entire lifecycle. You could seek advice from other organisations in your supply chain to help redesign your packaging.
Product lifecycle and packaging
The lifecycle and the environmental impact of your packaging can be influenced by:
- sourcing materials and energy that reduce the overall materials, energy and waste produced
- keeping the use of hazardous substances to a minimum
- ensuring packaging production and product wastage are reduced
- the distribution methods used by your supply chain
- packaging use and waste options used in your package redesign
To ensure you minimise the environmental impact of your products and packaging across their entire lifecycle, you can carry out a life cycle assessment (LCA).
Make sure you don't focus just on reducing waste and improving recyclability of packaging as this could lead to more negative environmental impacts, such as:
- an increase in product wastage or packaging weight if secondary or tertiary packaging has to be used
- a disincentive to use recycled paper and some plastics because they may need to be thicker to provide equal functionality
- more waste for final disposal, even if a very high recycling rate is achieved
- more vehicle movements to deliver the same quantity of product if the packaging is bulkier
Improve the sustainability of your packaging design
Sustainability means meeting the needs of the current generation without affecting the ability of future generations to meet their needs. You can consider sustainability in your packaging design in a number of ways including: