Packaging purgatory: a journey to reduce plastic - part 2

Packaging purgatory: a journey to reduce plastic - part 2

Progress may be slow, but we are getting somewhere (we think?!) on our journey to reduce plastic in our packaging and make it more sustainable.

If you missed our first blog post on this quest, you can see it here. 

Day 4 -  Following receipt of an order we placed as customers of another company, we came across what look like recyclable brown boxes. Add to it that they're from a fairly local supplier, and we may be on to a winner!

We dispatch these examples to our suppliers with the idea that they can recreate this packaging onsite, thereby reducing the need to transport empty boxes around the place. 


Day 5 - According to our suppliers, recreating these boxes is going to cost us a pretty penny. However, what they have failed to understand is that we don't want the same print and graphics, just the functionality and design. We explain this and hope this helps make it an easier task.

Unfortunately, our suppliers also think that we will need different sized boxes depending on the product which will make everything that bit harder. This could also mean increased shipping costs due to the larger amount of space needed.  

Day 6 – Again, we have been online shopping and, this time, we get an Amazon delivery that has come in a brown bag. No doubt you will have seen the sort of thing either from Amazon or another supplier. There's a photo below.

Thinking this could be the answer, we send photos and then the packaging itself, to our suppliers to see what they make of it. It looks like it could be adapted to fit different products, plus it appears to be recyclable so perhaps this is the solution?


Day 7 – Now in receipt of some samples made by our suppliers, we get about testing them. We do this by sending a load of our products to ourselves. It'll be a bit like a rather lame Christmas. 

Unfortunately we're not happy with how the sticky tape at the top seals the packages so we resort to using Sellotape which, sadly, is not recyclable. Two steps forward, one step back!

Day 8 – Good news: the parcels/lame Christmas arrive back to us all in good shape and our supplier reckons that the self-adhesive tape will work fine when we go into mass production. However, this doesn't fill us with masses of confidence given we'd have to order 1000s just to check this out! We will sit on that thought...

We're also asking questions about the recycling claims on this packaging since it wouldn't be very responsible to just naively assume that everything we're told is true. We're keen to test and make sure this new packaging is 100% recyclable. On to the next task!

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