Businesses concerned about their environmental impact are looking to invest more sustainable practices. One of the most popular ways for brands to cut their carbon footprint and showcase their environmental commitments is switching to sustainable packaging.
At Protega Global, we are committed to helping businesses protect the environment with cutting-edge sustainable packaging solutions. With over 40 years’ experience, we work closely with companies spanning a multitude of industries to implement eco-friendly packaging.
With more businesses than ever looking to make the switch, we’ve put together a guide to some of the best sustainable packaging solutions available in 2022. Our top four eco-friendly packaging materials to look out for this year are:
Compostable or biodegradable packaging
One of the leading packaging trends for 2022 is predicted to be compostable and biodegradable packaging. These packaging solutions go one step further than non-plastic or sustainable sourced materials – compostable packaging is a zero-waste solution that will biodegrade over time.
Vegware is a leading manufacturer of compostable packaging, offering a vast range of over 300 plant-based catering disposables that can be composted with food waste. Products include cutlery, tableware, hot and cold drinks cups and takeaway packaging. All of Vegware’s products are made from plants using renewable, lower carbon, recycled or reclaimed materials.
Established in 2019, Paboco is a joint venture between paper packaging material developer and bottle manufacturing specialist. Their first-generation bottle design is made from paper from FSC certified sources. Currently under development, the next generation bottle aims to be fully bio-based and printed with water-based inks.
Paboco has already partnered with leading global brands including Coca-Cola, Absolut, L’Oréal, Carlsberg and Lenor.
Plant-based packaging is growing due to its sustainable production and biodegradable qualities. Seaweed, hemp and corn-based packaging are becoming increasingly prominent in the market, and one of the trailblazing companies creating innovative products is Notpla.
Notpla crafts its packaging from seaweed and other plant materials which biodegrade organically within weeks. Among Notpla’s leading products are plastic-free sachets, offering a waste-free alternative to sauce pots and condiment sachets for the takeaway industry. Notpla have collaborated with Heinz to create sachets of ketchup that are 100 per cent biodegradable, home-compostable and vegan.
Bring your own and reusable container initiatives are likely to continue to grow in popularity in 2022 as consumers become more eco-conscious. Stores buy products in bulk, including dry foods, cleaning and self-care products, and then customers bring a reusable container to fill up.
Some large supermarket chains, such as Marks & Spencer, are already trialling this in some of their stores, while independent businesses focusing solely on this zero-packing method are cropping up around the UK.
Many businesses are selling reusable containers, but one industry-leader is Clean Natured. Launched in 2016, Clean Natured offers a range of stylish and sustainable glass bottles that are designed to be used again and again. Their spray and pump bottles are designed for a myriad of household purposes, including shampooing, handwashing and cleaning, plus bespoke bottles for pets and children.
Sustainability is certainly the main subject within the packaging industry and it’s great to see the environmentally friendly innovations coming in 2022 in all different sectors. If you’d like to discuss paper-based, sustainable packaging solutions for your business, get in touch with Protega Global today.